Desktop Underwriter Validation Service
Impact of COVID-19 on the DU Validation Service
To align with policy outlined in Lender Letter LL-2020-03, Impact of COVID-19 on Originations, there are temporary changes to the DU validation service in effect until further notice including age of documentation requirements, use of market-based assets, and suspension of employment validation.
Review the April 18 release notes for more information on age of documentation requirements and use of market-based assets.
Review the May 1 release notes for more information on the suspension of employment validation.
Leverage the power of Desktop Underwriter® (DU®) and data validation to receive Day 1 Certainty®. Start fast-tracking loans today.
With the DU validation service you can:
- Process loans faster and reduce the cycle time from application to close. This technology advances the work of DU, the most widely used automated underwriting system in the market today.
- Confirm key components needed for Fannie Mae’s loan requirements. The streamlined process uses third-party vendor data to validate income, asset, and employment information entered by the lender in DU.
- Receive Day 1 Certainty with relief from representations and warranties on validated components when income, asset and employment information is validated by DU.
Use the DU validation service to save time, and benefit from enhanced loan origination controls, process efficiencies, and a better experience for your borrowers.
How It Works
Once a lender has contracted with third-party data vendor(s), it can begin using the DU validation service.
There are many reasons lenders are using DU validation service.
- Better borrower experience: Provides borrowers with a streamlined, efficient process that saves time and reduces paperwork.
- Dynamic underwriting: Validates key loan data up front and confirms that the validated component meets Fannie Mae’s requirements.
- Process efficiencies: Reverification is not required for assets, income, and/or employment validated in DU; execution of the IRS Form 4506-T is not required when all borrower income has been validated; and lenders have lower fraud risk when data is gathered from the source.
- Day 1 Certainty: Lender receives certainty regarding income, assets, and employment information validated by DU. With validation, lenders receive freedom from representations and warranties with regard to the accuracy of income and/or asset calculation, borrower employment status, and the integrity of the data from the vendor.
There are a few steps you need to take to get started.
First, review authorized verification report vendors: Fannie Mae has an open platform for data vendor participation to provide choices for customers. Review the list of available vendors.
Then select and contract with vendor(s) of your choice for income, asset and employment verification:
- For vendors who use a Reference ID: Once contracts are completed, you can start using the DU validation service.
- For The Work Number (Equifax) or distributors of its reports: complete the setup form.
Access resources in the Learning Center to learn more about implementing and using the DU validation service at your organization.