What Is the 1003 Mortgage Application Form?

The 1003 Mortgage Application Explained

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The 1003 mortgage application form is the standard application used by most mortgage lenders in the U.S. Its official name is the Uniform Residential Loan Application.

The 1003 Mortgage Application is in your future if you’re planning on using a mortgage loan to purchase a home.

What Is the 1003 Mortgage Application Form?

The 1003 mortgage application form was developed by Fannie Mae and first published in August 2016. Its Freddie Mac equivalent is Form 65. Both forms are based on the Uniform Loan Application Dataset, and they require the same information from consumers who are applying for residential mortgage loans.

1003 Mortgage Application Form/Uniform Residential Loan Application

Who Uses Form 1003?

The majority of U.S. mortgage lenders use either Form 1003 or Form 65 for evaluating potential applicants, including those who are applying for purchase loans, refinances, and construction-to-permanent loans, as well as FHA, conventional, USDA, and VA loans. 

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac purchase mortgage loans in bulk, either to hold as their own or to resell as part of mortgage-backed securities to investors. Either way, the loans they purchase must be compliant with all internal guidelines. Lenders can ensure their loans align with Fannie and Freddie’s rules by using Forms 1003 or 65, so the loans are eligible for resale by these government-sponsored entities. 

Filling Out Form 1003

Form 1003 was redesigned, then the new version was updated in 2017. A final version was rolled out in 2020. Lenders began using this version on September 1, 2020, and the old version will no longer be accepted after November 1, 2021.

Be sure that the Form 1003 you're completing is its most current version.

You should have certain documentation on hand regarding your income, debts, assets, and the home you're considering buying before you begin filling out Form 1003, including:

  • Property information: Address, year built, intended property use
  • Loan information: Type and purpose of loan, amount, length of the loan
  • Borrower and co-borrower information: Name, Social Security number, marital status, address, phone number, date of birth
  • Employment data: Employer name and address, years on the job, years in the industry, position title, employer's phone number
  • Income data: Monthly income including bonuses, overtime, and commissions, rental income, dividends
  • Housing expenses: Monthly rent or other mortgages, hazard insurance, and real estate taxes on current property
  • Assets and debts: Banking and savings account balances, IRAs, 401(k)s and retirement accounts, stocks, bonds, life insurance values, other real estate owned, credit card balances, car loan balances, other monthly payments
  • Transaction details: Purchase price, estimated closing costs, discount points, mortgage insurance
  • Demographic data: Citizenship, resident status, ethnicity, gender, race
  • Signatures: Signatures of both you and your co-borrower acknowledging the accuracy of your form

You'll probably need your lender's help or a loan officer’s assistance on some of these data points, so it's important to have this documentation on hand to provide to them.

This information pertains to the 2020 version of the form. Make sure you’ve filled in everything accurately and to the best of your ability before signing the application. Ask your lender to remedy the problem before you sign on the dotted line if you spot any issues, errors, or omissions.

Other Required Documents

The Form 1003 Mortgage Application is only one step in the mortgage loan process, and you might have to fill it out twice: once at the beginning of your application and then again before closing. The second completion will verify that all information is still accurate and will confirm the loan’s terms and rate.

Beyond Forms 1003 and 65, you must also provide your lender with numerous types of documentation and paperwork to support your application. This documentation typically includes pay stubs, bank statements, W-2s, and tax returns.

Your lender might also send an employment verification form to your workplace to verify your employment data.

Make sure you have the following documents on hand. It will make filling out your 1003 loan application easier, and you'll most likely have to provide some of it to your lender when your loan is in underwriting.

  • Two recent pay stubs
  • The purchase offer or sales contract on the home
  • Your Social Security card and state ID, such as your driver's license
  • A copy of your most recent mortgage bill
  • Your most recent checking and savings account statements
  • Statements for any IRAs, 401(k)s, or retirement accounts you hold
  • Recent credit card and auto loan statements
  • Policy documents for any life insurance you might have
  • Data on any real estate you currently hold
  • Your last two years' tax returns and W-2 forms

Consider scanning or photographing all these documents and storing them digitally. You'll be able to transfer them easily when your lender asks for them.

Key Takeaways

  • The 1003 mortgage application form, also known as the Uniform Residential Loan Application, is the standard application used by lenders for those applying for a mortgage.
  • The form has been changed a few times since 2017, so it’s important that you’re working with the most recent version.
  • Form 1003 consists of several pages and asks for extensive information about you, your coborrower, if any, the property you’re buying, and your financial circumstances.
  • You might also have to submit copies of documentation supporting these facts to your lender.

Article Sources

  1. Federal Register. "Final Redesigned Uniform Residential Loan Application Status Under Regulation B." Accessed Sept. 12, 2020.

  2. Tennessee Banker's Association. "WEBINAR: Implementing the 2020 Uniform Residential Loan Application." Accessed Sept. 12, 2020.

  3. Federal Housing Finance Agency. "Instructions for Completing the Uniform Residential Loan Application." Accessed Sept. 12, 2020.