Debt Statute of Limitations

Many people do not know there is a statute of limitations on debt. The debt statute of limitations refers to the amount of time after which creditors can no longer sue you to collect a debt. If a debt collector threatens to sue you over a debt that is beyond the state statute of limitations, they are in violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.

If you are being harassed by a debt collector and think your fair debt rights are being violated, you can click here for Fair Debt and Fair Credit Case Review or call toll free 888-332-7252 to request a free case review. There is no charge for the case review and the services of a fair debt lawyer or fair credit attorney may be available to you at little or no cost.

State statutes of limitation on debt collection apply to open ended contracts such as credit cards and store credit accounts and contracts for sale under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC). Also covered under most State’s statutes of limitation are oral agreements, promissory notes, written contracts, loans, mortgages and car payments as well as foreign and domestic judgments. Under the right circumstances the debt statute of limitations can be renewed for just about any type of debt.

Credit Statute of Limitations on Credit Reporting

zombie debt junk debt high yield debtMany people confuse the debt statute of limitations with the statute of limitations on credit reporting. The credit statute of limitations is the maximum amount of time given to credit bureaus to old debt on your credit report. For the majority of accounts, it is seven years from the date of delinquency though bankruptcies and tax liens can be reported for longer. The credit statute of limitations is dictated by the Fair Credit Reporting Act Process and does not influence the state statute of limitations for debt collection.

Click here to view a full list each state’s debt statutes of limitation (SOL).

Debt Statute of Limitations

Numbers on this chart indicate years.

State
Oral
Agreements
Written
Contracts
Promissory
Notes
Open
Accounts
Alabama
6
6
6
3
Alaska
6
6
6
6
Arizona
3
6
5
3
Arkansas
3
5
6
3
California
2
4
4
4
Colorado
6
6
6
6
Connecticut
3
6
6
6
Delaware
3
3
6
3
D.C.
3
3
3
3
Florida
4
5
5
4
Georgia
4
6
6
4
Hawaii
6
6
6
6
Idaho
4
5
10
4
Illinois
5
10
6
5
Indiana
6
10
10
6
Iowa
5
10
5
5
Kansas
3
5
5
3
Kentucky
5
15
15
5
Louisiana
10
10
10
3
Maine
6
6
6
6
Maryland
3
3
6
3
Massachusetts
6
6
6
6
Michigan
6
6
6
6
Minnesota
6
6
6
6
Mississippi
3
3
3
3
Missouri
5
10
10
5
Montana
5
8
8
5
Nebraska
4
5
6
4
Nevada
4
6
3
4
New Hampshire
3
3
6
3
New Jersey
6
6
6
6
New Mexico
4
6
6
4
New York
6
6
6
6
North Carolina
3
3
5
3
North Dakota
6
6
6
6
Ohio
6
15
15
?
Oklahoma
3
5
5
3
Oregon
6
6
6
6
Pennsylvania
4
6
4
6
Rhode Island
15
15
10
10
South Carolina
10
10
3
3
South Dakota
6
6
6
6
Tennessee
6
6
6
6
Texas
4
4
4
4
Utah
4
6
6
4
Vermont
6
6
5
6
Virginia
3
5
6
3
Washington
3
6
6
3
West Virginia
5
10
6
5
Wisconsin
6
6
10
6
Wyoming
8
10
10
8

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