Installment Loan Lenders - Financial Regulation
Last reviewed or updated: July 1, 2023
An Installment Loan Lender provides loans or extension of credit repayable in scheduled periodic payments of principal and interest (specifically, loans or extension of credit made for consideration under § 12-103(a)(3) or (c), Title 12, Subtitle 9, or Title 12, Subtitle 10 of the Commercial Law Article). A consumer loan licensee is exempt from the installment loan licensing provisions (see Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §11-301 et seq.), which means that a consumer loan licensee may rely on its consumer loan license to make loans other than mortgage loans under Md. Code Ann., Com. Law §§12-103(a)(3) or (c) (Interest and Usury), 12-901 et seq. (Credit Grantor Open End Credit Provisions) and 12-1001 (Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions) without an installment loan license. Refer to Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §11-301(b)(5).
This license is required for the principal executive office of any person (defined in Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §1-101) who makes loans or extensions of credit, other than mortgage loans, under Md. Code Ann., Com. Law §§12-103(a)(3) or (c) (Interest and Usury), 12-901 et seq.(Open-End Credit Grantor), or 12-1001 et seq. (Closed-End Credit Grantor). Refer to Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §11-301 et seq. and Md. Code Ann., Com. Law §§12-103, 12-915, and 12-1015 for legal requirements. For more detailed information on this license type please proceed to the NMLS Resource Center.
License Requirements and Fees
Effective July 1, 2023, individual licenses for locations other than the principal executive office are not required and will not be issued. Maryland business may be conducted at these locations under the license issued for the principal executive office if they are disclosed to the Commissioner. To disclose these locations, the form below, or a list in substantially similar form, should be prepared and uploaded to NMLS in accordance with the instructions on the form. A new form must be uploaded whenever an additional location is opened, closed, or moved, or if there is a change in a trade name used at an additional location.
Laws, Rules, and Regulations
Applicants and licensees are expected to be knowledgeable about and in compliance with the Installment Loan Law, and any other applicable State or Federal statutes, rules, and regulations. Maryland laws, rules, and regulations can be found by accessing the Annotated Code of Maryland and Rules and Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR). Certain relevant Maryland laws, rules, and/or regulations include (Note: this is not a comprehensive list):
- Maryland Code, Commercial Law Article, Title 12, Subtitle 1 (Interest and Usury)
- Maryland Code, Commercial Law Article, Title 12, Subtitle 9 (Credit Grantor Revolving Credit Provisions)
- Maryland Code, Commercial Law Article, Title 12, Subtitle 10 (Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions)
- Maryland Code, Financial Institutions Article, Title 11, Subtitle 3 (Installment Loans – Licensing Provisions)
- COMAR 09.03.02 (General Regulations)
- COMAR 09.03.02.08 (Remote Work for Employees of Licensees)
- COMAR 09.03.10 (Credit and Other Regulation)