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Consumer Lenders - Financial Regulation

Consumer Lender is a business that makes any loan or advance of money or credit under the Maryland Consumer Loan Law. Additionally, 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 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 et seq. (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 executive office of any person (defined in Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §11-201) making loans under Md. Code Ann., Com. Law, §12-301 et seq. (Maryland Consumer Loan Law). Refer to Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §11-201 et seq. for legal requirements. For more detailed information on this license type please proceed to the NMLS Resource Center.

License Requirements and Fees

A separate Branch License is required for each branch location of any person (defined in Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §2-101) making loans under Md. Code Ann., Com. Law, §§ 12-103(a)(3) or (c) (Interest and Usury), 12-301 et seq. (Maryland Consumer Loan Law), 12-901 et seq. (Credit Grantor Open End Credit Provisions), and 12-1001 et seq. (Credit Grantor Closed End Credit Provisions). Refer specifically to Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §11-203(b) and generally to Md. Code Ann., Fin. Inst. §11-201 et seq. for legal requirements.

Branch License Requirements and Fees


Additional Information and Documents



Laws, Rules, and Regulations

Applicants and licensees are expected to be knowledgeable about and in compliance with the Consumer 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):