I either don't understand the question, or you are getting terrible answers. In CA if you want to be a mortgage originator, you must be licensed as such and you must be associated with a mortgage broker that is licensed as such. There are varying mortgage licenses in CA so none of the answers you have received thus far are correct. If you are have a California BRE Licensed then you can hang your RE license with a RE broker but you won't be licensed as an originator unless they are and you takes the steps of association through NMLS. If you have a California DBO license, you cannot hang your license with a RE broker because you have no RE license. If you have a federal originators license, you must be employed by a FCB in order to remain licensed.