California Deferred Deposit Transaction (Payday Loan) Law
A deferred deposit transaction is commonly known as a payday loan. Here’s how they work under the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law (CDDTL):
The consumer provides the lender (called an originator under the CDDTL) a personal check for the amount of money desired. The lender provides the consumer the money, minus an agreed-upon fee. The lender then defers depositing the consumer’s check for a specific period of time.
Under the CDDTL, the amount of the consumer’s personal check cannot exceed $300. The lender cannot charge a fee that is higher than 15 percent of the check amount. So, for example, a borrower who gives the lender a check for $300 will take home only $255 if the lender charges the maximum fee of 15 percent. The term of a payday loan cannot last longer than 31 days.
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Department of Financial Protection and Innovation
320 W. 4th Street, Suite 750
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Phone: (866) ASK-CORP (275-2677)
- Questions and Answers Regarding Licensing and Conducting Business (FAQ)
- Requirements After a CDDTL License Has Been Issued
Publications and Forms
Laws and Regulations
- 10/19/2015 – The portal for filing applications online to obtain California Finance Lender (CFL), Deferred Deposit Transaction (CDDTL) and Escrow licenses is now available. Applicants may file applications and pay licensing and other fees using the portal found at https://docqnet.dfpi.ca.gov. Questions should be directed to CFL.email@example.com, CDDTL.firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
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Companies licensed under the California Finance Lenders Law, California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law, and Escrow Law, may access the Self-Service DOCQNET Portal to submit applications for licensure, view the status of applications, submit annual report information, and update contact information.
Payday Lenders Forms
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|Form Number||Form Title||Format|
|DFPI-CDDTL 2020 – Long Form||Application Information for a License – Deferred Deposit Transaction Law -Long Form|
|DFPI CDDTL 2020 Package||
|DFPI CDDTL 2021||
( Licensee Currently Having One or More Licensed Locations)
|DFPI CDDTL 2022||Application Information for a License – Deferred Deposit Transaction Law|
|DFPI CDDTL 2023||Notice of Fingerprint Processing Requirements under the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law|
|DFPI CDDTL 2025||Notice of Application Requirements Under the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law|
|CDDTL BC 8018||Request for Live Scan Service – Applicant Submission|
- The Annual Report Form 2030, for Licensees Engaged in Business under the California Deferred Deposit Transaction Law (CDDTL) for Year Ended December 31, 2013, should be submitted electronically. The Department has emailed a link to the Annual Report Form 2030 to each CDDTL licensee’s designated e-mail address on file. If you have not received the link to the Annual Report Form 2030 or if you have questions regarding your Form 2030 please contact: RespondToDFPI@dfpi.ca.gov.
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