Sections 408.500, 408.505, and 408.506 make up the entire law concerning payday loans (a.k.a. "small, small loans") which are loans of $500 or less. Such lenders must be licensed by the Division of Finance. Sections 408.500-408.505 subject this type of lender to a host of consumer safeguards, i.e., places a 75% cap on interest and fees on the initial loan and renewals, limits renewals to no more than six, limits the term of the loan to 14-31 days, applies daily interest calculations, etc. These sections contain some provisions which go well beyond most "consumer protections": for example, the lender must conspicuously post rates and a borrower who repays a loan before the close of the lender's next full business day pays no interest or fees. Related regulations are found at 20 CSR 1140-11.030 through 20 CSR 1140-11.040.

Missouri law requires the Consumer Credit Section to publish a report every two years on the payday lending industry. See our Publications & reports page.