We continue to see a lot of changes with not only title loans in Arizona, but all types of short term loans in general. By itself, this is not unexpected. There are quite a few states that ban title loans outright and here in Arizona most types of payday loans are not allowed. So we should expect more changes over the next few years as this industry is always evolving. Let’s get right into what’s different and what updates and revisions we expect to see over the next few years.
First things first when seeking out a title loan company in Arizona. Always be sure to check that your lender has an active license with the Arizona Department of Financial Institutions. You can look this up on their website which features an AZ license lookup page. Once you know your company is licensed you will have that extra piece of mind to know they are going to follow the regulations already in place. Arizona is a bit different from other states when it comes to online loans. As we mentioned above, most types of traditional payday loans are not allowed. It used to be that you could walk into any pawn shop or check cashing location in Phoenix or Tucson and get a cash advance within a few minutes. That all changed in 2010 when payday advances with interest rates over 36% became illegal. You can still seek out lending products in Arizona that have rates above 36%. These options include installment loans, tribal lending products and car title loans. In terms of online title loans, we know of many direct lenders that provide loans in this state. As always, you can meet with someone in person at any of the hundreds of retail loan locations throughout the state. Or you can use our online application and get an approval answer in 15 minutes or less. As the name of our site suggest, we give access all across the desert to consumers interested in online title loans. This includes those in Arizona who are looking for title loans online, and we also may be able to assist applicants in neighboring states like California and Nevada.
In recent years there have been bills brought up for discussion in the Arizona State House that attempted to bring back traditional payday loans. The difference with these is semantics as they were called Flex Loans and line of credit loans. One example of this is House Bill 2496 which would have permitted many types of cash advance loans. These loans would come with interest rates above the current threshold of 36%. It’s not always an easy sell to bring back loans with higher rates. But the lenders argument was that they couldn’t provide online loans with the current rate cap. Since this form of funding is for consumers with bad credit or no credit at all, the default rate is very high and there’s a good amount of risk. Also, the lending environment is ripe for fraud as people try to take advantage of banks and lenders who provide funds for those who would never qualify with traditional companies. This bill along with other’s like it was not able to pass and become law. As of 2019 the status quo prevails. No payday loans are allowed in Arizona with an APR over 36%. We know there will be additional attempts to bring back this form of short term borrowing during the next legislative session. Further, we hear that some advocacy groups will attempt to limit the amount of fees and interest that car title loan companies can charge in Arizona. There’s always talk of increased regulation for online title loans, but it seems to be more likely here in Arizona. One last thing, some cities have discussed internal code changes that would limit or control title loan lending in their jurisdiction. Nothing is final yet, but larger cities like Flagstaff and Glendale have made progress in further regulating the title loan industry. We will continue to update this page as we hear more about municipal and state regulatory updates that affect car title loans in the Grand Canyon State.