Payday loans are regulated by both the state and federal governments. The regulations vary significantly from state to state so it is important to take the time to read about and understand the applicable laws for your specific state. All payday loan lenders must follow the rules and regulations of the state where they operate so learn about these regulations before taking out a payday loan.
To prevent usury (unreasonable and excessive rates of interest), some jurisdictions limit the annual percentage rate (APR) that any lender, including payday lenders, can charge. Some jurisdictions outlaw payday lending entirely, and some have very few restrictions on payday lenders. In the United States, the rates of these loans used to be restricted in most states by the Uniform Small Loan Laws (USLL), with 36–40% APR generally the norm.