Alabama  Section 40-12-80
Alaska  3 AAC 01.210
Arizona  Title 32 Professions and Occupations, Chapter 9, Articles 1-3
Arkansas  17-24-101
California  1788 or Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Colorado 12-14-101 (ARTICLE 14. Colorado Fair Debt Collection Practices Act)
Connecticut  Sec. 36a-805
Delaware  § 2301. Occupations requiring licenses
Dist. of Col.  § 28-3814. Debt collection
Florida Title 33, PART VI. CONSUMER COLLECTION PRACTICES
Georgia  Banking and Finance.  Title 07-3, Section 25
Hawaii  443B Collection Agencies
Idaho TITLE 26 BANKS AND BANKING, CHAPTER 22 COLLECTION AGENCIES
Illinois Illinois Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (225 ILCS 425/) Collection Agency Act
Indiana IC 25-11-1
Iowa  537.7101
Kansas  Kansas Fair Debt Collection Statute, Chapter 16a.--Consumer Credit Code
Kentucky (No information could be found)
Louisiana  RS 9:3562 Part X. Collection Practices
Maine  Title 32: Professions and Occupations; Chapter 109-A: Maine Fair Debt Collection Practices Act
Maryland  COMMERCIAL TITLE 14. MISCELLANEOUS CONSUMER PROTECTION PROVISIONS
SUBTITLE 2. CONSUMER DEBT COLLECTION
Massachusetts  Massachusetts Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Chapter 93: Section 24
Michigan  445.251
Minnesota  Minnesota Fair Debt Collection Practices Act 332.31
Mississippi (No information could be found)
Missouri  (No information could be found)
Montana (No information could be found)
Nebraska  Sections 45-601 to 45-622 Collection Agency Act.
Nevada  Nevada Revised Statutes (NRS) 649.010 to 649.035
New Hampshire  358-C
New Jersey New Jersey Fair Debt Collection Practices Act 45:18
New Mexico  61-18A
New York  General Business Law, Sec. 601, Article 29-H. DEBT COLLECTION PROCEDURES
North Carolina  § 58 70 90
North Dakota  North Dakota Collector Regulation Statute Chapter 13-05 Collection Agencies
Ohio  Title XIII  § 1319.12
Oklahoma   §14A-5-107
Oregon  646.639
Pennsylvania  18 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 7311
Rhode Island (No information could be found)
South Carolina SECTION 37-5-108
South Dakota  (No information could be found)
Tennessee  Title 62, Chapter 20, Sections 101-127 Collection Services
Texas  FINANCE CODE: CHAPTER 392. DEBT COLLECTION
Utah  12-1-1
Vermont  Title 9: Commerce and Trade, Chapter 63: Consumer Fraud § 2451
Virginia  (No information could be found)
Washington  Chapter 19.16 RCW Collection Agencies
West Virginia  §47-16-1
Wisconsin  Chapter 427.  Consumer Transactions Debt Collection
Wyoming  33-11-101  through 33-11-116
State Laws Regulating Debt Collectors

Most states have statutes regulating debt collection activities. Generally, these state statutes apply to original creditors and not national debt collection agencies and collection attorneys, who are regulated under federal law by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act or FDCPA.  Most state statutes have language and regulations that are very similar to the FDCPA. 

If you believe an original creditor has violated your rights while trying to collect a debt from you, look up your state's law to find out what action you can take against that creditor and with whom you should file a complaint.  Usually, the Attorney General in each state oversees debt collection agencies and would handle all complaints. 

If you believe a collection attorney or debt collection agency, such as one that would work for a major credit card company, has violated your rights, research the FDCPA and file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission online at www.ftc.gov.

Below are links to each state's legislative website; however, finding the actual laws regulating debt collectors can be difficult to find.  When you visit their legislative websites, use search terms such as "collection agency" or the information provided below to find the relevant statute regulating debt collectors.  We cannot link directly to a statute because most state's change the links too often, but information about where the statute is located is provided.

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