MLA Database 2024 Military Lending Act Website

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The Military Lending Act or MLA database is a Department of Defense Manpower website that allows consumers, banks, credit card companies, and other lenders to verify if a consumer is a “covered borrower” as defined by the Military Lending Act of 2006.

You can access the Military Lending Act website at https://mla.dmdc.osd.mil/mla/

The Military Lending Act protects servicemembers, spouses, and dependents from certain lending practices, such as charging more than 36% annual interest on loans.

Some credit card companies and banks waive annual fees on their credit cards to comply with the strict rules of the MLA law.

Learn more about getting your annual fee waivers on Chase and American Express cards in the podcast episode below or in my Ultimate Military Credit Cards Course.

You may use the MLA database to look up your record, a spouse's record, or a dependent's record.

The Defense Manpower Data Center will verify an individual's covered borrower status by verifying if the social security number provided is on active duty, a spouse of an active duty servicemember, or a dependent of an active duty servicemember.

For National Guard and Reservists, if you are on 30+ day active duty orders you should be in the MLA database and should be covered borrowers. Your spouses should also be covered borrowers while you are on active duty orders.

The text you want to see when you pull an MLA report is:

“Based on the information you provided, DMDC does possess information indicating that the individual is either on active duty for more than 30 days or a family member of a service member on active duty for more than 30 days based on the Status Inquiry Date.”

screenshot of the Military Lending Act MLA database website 2022

Military Lending Act Credit Cards

Many banks and companies choose to waive annual fees for MLA covered borrowers. This makes compliance with the law easier for them. There are many credit cards that waive annual fees for military. I listed some of the best below.

Amex MLA Database

American Express waives annual fees on their cards for covered borrowers such as military servicemembers members on active duty orders and their spouses.

Military SCRA MLA AMEX Platinum

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  • Annual fee of $695* See more details about military protections for you and your spouse 
  • Earn 80,000 Membership Rewards® Points after you spend $8,000 on purchases on your new Card in your first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 5x points on airfare booked directly with airline or on amextravel.com up to $500,000 per calendar year
  • Earn 5x points on prepaid hotels at amextravel.com
  • $200 Annual Hotel Credit: Get $200 back in statement credits each year on prepaid Fine Hotels + Resorts® or The Hotel Collection bookings with American Express Travel when you pay with your Platinum Card®. Note that The Hotel Collection requires a minimum two-night stay.
  • $240 Digital Entertainment Credit: Get up to $20 back in statement credits each month when you pay for eligible purchases with the Platinum Card® at your choice of one or more of the following providers: Disney+, a Disney Bundle, ESPN+, Peacock, Audible, SiriusXM, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal. Enrollment required.
  • $200 Uber Cash: Uber VIP status and up to $200 in Uber savings on Uber Eats and rides
  • $200 Airline Fee Credit: Up to $200 in statement credits per calendar year in baggage fees and more at 1 qualifying airline
  • $189 CLEAR® Plus Credit: Breeze through security with CLEAR® Plus at 45+ airports nationwide and get up to $189 back per calendar year on your membership (subject to auto-renewal) when you use your Platinum Card®.
  • $300 Equinox Credit: Get up to $300 back each year on an Equinox+ subscription, or any Equinox club memberships when you pay with your Platinum Card. Enrollment required. Membership subject to auto-renewal.
  • $155 Walmart+ Credit: Cover the cost of a $12.95 monthly Walmart+ membership with a statement credit after you pay for Walmart+ each month with your Platinum Card. Cost includes $12.95 plus applicable local sales tax.
  • Up to $100 annual Saks Fifth Avenue credit, enrollment required
  • Access 40+ Centurion Lounges and 1,200+ Priority Pass airport lounge for free
  • No foreign transaction fees
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  • Earn 60,000 Membership Reward® Points after spending $6,000 on eligible purchases with your new card in the first 6 months of Card Membership
  • Earn 4x points at restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the US
  • Earn 4x points on US supermarkets (up to $25,000 per year, then 1x points) – includes OCONUS Commissaries
  • Earn 3x points on flights booked directly with the airline or on amextravel.com
  • No foreign transaction fees – great for the 4x on restaurants when travelling for fun, OCONUS TDY, or PCS!
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Amex Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 annually.
  • $120 per year Dining Credit: Earn up to $10 per month in statement credits when you use your Amex Gold at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar, and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose between the Gold or Rose Gold version when you apply.
  • Read my full review of the Amex Gold card for military, terms apply
  • $250 Annual Fee* See more details about American Express protections for you and your spouse 

Chase MLA Database

Chase also waives annual fees for covered borrowers like active duty military servicemembers and their spouses.

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  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $750 when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
  • 5x points on travel purchased through Chase Ultimate Rewards® portal
  • 3x points on dining (includes takeout, delivery, and dine-in), select streaming services and online groceries
  • 2x on all other travel purchases
  • 1x on all other purchases
  • $50 annual Ultimate Rewards Hotel Credit
  • Points can also be redeemed with “Pay Yourself Back” for 1.25 cents each on eligible purchases in select, rotating categories
  • Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards(R). Example- 60,000 points would be worth $750 toward travel.
  • No foreign transaction fees, great for overseas OCONUS assignments, TDY, and PCS
  • Primary rental car insurance coverage & trip cancellation/interruption insurance
  • DashPass access is complimentary which unlocks $0 delivery fees and lower service fees for a minimum of one year when you activate by December 31, 2024.
  • Upgrade to a Chase Sapphire Reserve after 1 year (compare Reserve vs Preferred)
  • $95 annual fee waived for military and spouses with Chase Military Lending Act
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  • $550 annual fee waived to $0 for US military + spouses with Chase MLA policy
  • Earn 60,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $900 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards portal
  • $300 Annual Travel Credit as reimbursement for travel purchases charged to your card each account anniversary year.
  • Earn 5x total points on flights and 10x total points on hotels and car rentals when you purchase travel through Chase Ultimate Rewards® immediately after the first $300 is spent on travel purchases annually.
  • 3x Points on other Travel (airfare, hotels) after earning the $300 travel credit
  • 3x Dining restaurants, takeouts, delivery
  • Chase Ultimate Reward Points redeemed through the Chase travel portal are worth 1.5 cents, a 50% bonus.
  • Priority Pass lounge and restaurant access with over 1300+ airport lounges worldwide
  • Up to $100 application fee credit for Global Entry every 4 years
  • Count on Trip Cancellation/Interruption Insurance, Primary coverage with Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver, Lost Luggage Insurance and more
  • No foreign transaction fees
  • Learn more in the Chase Sapphire Reserve review

How to Use the MLA Database

You can run a search for you or your spouse by selecting “single record request.” You will need to create a free account.

You will need your Social Security Number (SSN), birthday, and at least your last name.

If you are having issues with the MLA database, make sure your information is correct in DEERS. Double check birthdays, SSNs, and spelling of names.

FAQ

What is the Military Lending Act?

The Military Lending Act or MLA protects active duty servicemembers, their spouses, and dependents from certain lending practices. These consumers are known as “covered borrowers” and may not be charged more than 36% annual interest on credit products, including fees.

What is a Covered Borrower?

A covered borrower as defined by the Military Lending Act of 2006 is an active duty servicemember, a dependent of an active duty servicemember, or a spouse of an active duty servicemember. For National Guard or Reservists, you are considered active duty if you are on active duty orders (Title 10 or Title 32) for 30 days or longer.

What types of loans are covered under the Military Lending Act?

Payday loans, deposit advance products, and vehicle title loans. Also overdraft lines of credit but not traditional overdraft services; and Installment loans.

What types of loans are NOT covered by the Military Lending Act?

Residential mortgages (financing to buy or build a home that is secured by the home), mortgage refinances, home equity loans or lines of credit, or reverse mortgages. A loan to buy a motor vehicle when the credit is secured by the motor vehicle you are buying. Also loans to buy personal property when the credit is secured by the property you’re buying, like a vehicle or home appliance.

What is the Military Lending Act website?

The Military Lending Act website is https://mla.dmdc.osd.mil/mla/

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