Washington State - Payday Loans Information

Payday loans are made by payday loan stores, check cashers, and pawn shops. Some rent-to-own companies also make payday loans. Loans are also marketed via toll-free telephone numbers and over the Internet. All a consumer needs to get a payday loan is an open bank account in relatively good standing, a steady source of income, and identification. Lenders do not conduct a full credit check or ask questions to determine if a borrower can afford to repay the loan.

Legal Status: Legal (Lender must have a small loan endorsement to their check casher license)

Loan Terms:

Maximum Loan Amount: $700 or 30% of gross monthly income, whichever is less

Loan Term: Max: 45 days

Maximum Finance Rate and Fees: 15%: first $500; 10%: remaining portion of the loan in excess of $500 up to the $700 maximum

Finance Charge for 14-day $100 loan: $15

APR for 14-day $100 loan: 390%

Debt Limits:

Maximum Number of Outstanding Loans at One Time: A company cannot hold a check or checks in an aggregate face amount of more than $700 plus allowable fees from any one borrower at any one time. Maximum 8 loans in 12 months.

Rollovers Permitted: None (cannot refinance, renew, extend or pay off loan with proceeds of another)

Cooling-off Period: N/A

Repayment Plan: Yes. (Plan is 90 days for debt of $400 or less and at least 180 days for larger debts. No extra fees.)

Collection Limits:

Collection Fees: $25 NSF fee (one time per instrument); collection costs (excluding attorney's fees, interest and damages)

Criminal Action: Prohibited

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