Payday Loan Laws

California Payday Loan and Car Title Laws & Legislation

California Payday loan laws. California Payday loan legislation. California has specific payday advance laws. The permitted fee is 15 % of the face amount of the payday loan amount. The permitted time period is a maximum of 31 days.

The maximum amount of the payday loan allowable is $300.00. Rollovers are prohibited.

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California car title loans appeal to consumers with poor credit ratings and few borrowing options. Car title lending has been around for years, and California officials report there’s been a spike in recent years.

“The market is growing by leaps and bounds,” Tom Dresslar, spokesman for the state Department of Business Oversight, said Friday.

"The number of auto-title loans jumped 140 percent in the last three years, from 38,148 to 91,505 between 2011 and 2013, the DBO said. At the same time, the amount of principal on those loans grew 150 percent, from $133.9 million in 2011 to $334.8 million in 2013."

For example, Shanell White in California, is suing an auto title loan company that she says excessively charged her more than $11,000 in interest, payments and penalties over three years – on a $3,900 loan against her aging Lexus SUV. The case, filed last summer in Sacramento Superior Court against Wilshire Commercial Capital of Los Angeles, is in arbitration.

California Payday Loan Laws & Legislation State Information

Legal Status: Legal

Cal. Fin. Code §§ 23000 to 23106

Loan Terms:
Maximum Loan Amount: $300
Loan Term: Max: 31 days
Maximum Finance Rate and Fees: 15% of check
Finance Charge for 14-day $100 loan: $17.65
APR for 14-day $100 loan: 459%

Debt Limits:
Maximum Number of Outstanding Loans at One Time: One
Rollovers Permitted: None (cannot charge fee for extension)
Cooling-off Period: None
Repayment Plan: Voluntary (no fees may be charged in conjunction with payment plan)

Collection Limits:
Collection Fees: $15 NSF fee
Criminal Action: Prohibited

Where to Complain, Get Information:
Regulator: California Department of Corporations
Address: Financial Services Division, 1515 K Street, Suite 200 Sacramento CA 95814
Phone: (866) 275-2677
Regulatory Contact: ,
Regulator Website

Licensee Database

Online Resources:
Questions Regarding California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law

Predatory Lending Fact Sheet