Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA)
Regular Army: Retired
Benefit Fact Sheet
The Servicemember's Civil Relief Act of 2003 (SCRA), formerly known as the Soldiers' and Sailors' Civil Relief Act of 1940 (SSCRA), is a federal law that gives all military members some important rights as they enter active duty. It covers such issues as rental agreements, security deposits, prepaid rent, eviction, installment contracts, credit card interest rates, automobile leases, mortgage interest rates, mortgage foreclosure, civil judicial proceedings, and income tax payments. It also provides many important protections to military members while on active duty.
Retired Soldiers are not eligible for the Service members' Civil Relief Act.
Soldiers and Family members with SCRA questions should contact their local Legal Assistance Office:
For more information, please visit the following website:
SCRA Consumer Compliance Handbook:
Department of Justice:
Document Review Date: 21 October 2016