Excerpt below from Federal Reserve Consumer Affairs Letter
The Task Force on Consumer Compliance of the Federal Financial Institutions Examination Council recently developed the attached interagency Military Lending Act (MLA) examination procedures. The MLA and its implementing regulation contain limitations on and requirements for certain types of consumer credit extended to active duty service members and their spouses, children, and other dependents. These revised examination procedures supersede the interagency MLA examination procedures transmitted with CA 08-4.
The revised examination procedures reflect amendments to the MLA implementing regulation made by the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) in a final rule issued in July 2015.1 The DOD amended the regulation to extend the protections of the MLA to a wider range of closed-end and open-end credit products, including credit cards. Consequently, the amended MLA regulation generally applies to all consumer credit other than home-secured credit and loans to finance the purchase of motor vehicles and other consumer goods that are secured by the purchased item. For extensions of credit covered by the rule, the Military Annual Percentage Rate (MAPR) applicable to the loan may not exceed 36 percent.