Payday Lending in the United States
- There is limited regulation of payday lending in the U.S. Ten states, plus the District of Columbia, prohibit payday lending altogether. Thirty-one states have placed regulatory constraints on the industry.
- Regulations imposed by state governments include caps on fees and loan amounts and limits on the number of times a loan can be renewed. For example, four states (CT, MT, NH, and OR) set maximum APRs for 14-day loans of $100 , while six (DE, ID, NV, SD, UT, and WI) set no limit. Notably, Missouri has the highest allowable rate — 1,950 percent.
- In absolute terms, Texas, California and Kentucky have the most payday lending stores, with more than 1,000 operating in each state.
Sources: Survey of state regulatory authorities, Consumer Federation of America (paydayloaninfo.org) and authors.