Statutes of Limitations

Statutes of Limitations

The chart below contains common statutes of limitations for all 50 states, expressed in years.

We provide this chart as a rough guide. Check your state’s actual statutes of limitation for the time limit for your specific claim, which may be different than what you read here.

For example, time limits for filing a lawsuit to recover on a bad debt are often shorter than the time limits for filing a lawsuit for breaches of other types of contracts.

And while in some states the statute of limitations for foreclosing on a mortgage is the same as for written contracts, in other states there is a separate law and time period.

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Statutes of Limitations for the 50 States (and the District of Columbia)

State Statute Written contract Oral contract Injury Property damage
State Alabama Statute Ala. Code § 6-2-2 et seq. * Written contract 6 Oral contract 6 Injury 2 Property damage 6
State Alaska Statute Alaska Stat. § 09.10.010 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 6 Injury 2 Property damage 6 (real property); 2 (personal property)
State Arizona Statute Ariz. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 12-541 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 6 Injury 2 Property damage 6 (real property); 2 (personal property)
State Arkansas Statute Ark. Code Ann. § 16-56-101 et seq. Written contract 5 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State California Statute Cal. Civ. Proc. Code § 312 et seq. Written contract 4 Oral contract 2 Injury 2 Property damage 3
State Colorado Statute Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-102 et seq. Written contract 3 (6 most debts; rent) (2 tortious breach) Oral contract 3 (6 short-term debt/rent ) (2 tortious breach) Injury 2 Property damage 2
State Connecticut Statute Conn. Gen. Stat. Ann. § 52-575 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 3 Injury 2 Property damage 2
State Delaware Statute Del. Code Ann. tit. 10, § 8101 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 2 Property damage 2
State District of Columbia Statute D.C. Code § 12-301 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Florida Statute Fla. Stat. Ann. § 95.011 et seq. Written contract 5 Oral contract 4 Injury 4 Property damage 4
State Georgia Statute Ga. Code Ann. § 9-3-20 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 4 Injury 2 Property damage 4
State Hawaii Statute Haw. Rev. Stat. § 657-1 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 6 Injury 2 Property damage 2
State Idaho Statute Idaho Code § 5-201 et seq. Written contract 5 Oral contract 4 Injury 3 Property damage 2
State Illinois Statute 735 Ill. Comp. Stat. 5/13-201 et seq. Written contract 10 Oral contract 5 Injury 2 Property damage 5
State Indiana Statute Ind. Code Ann. § 34-11-2-1 et seq. Written contract 10 Oral contract 6 Injury 2 Property damage 6 (real property); 2 (personal property)
State Iowa Statute Iowa Code Ann. § 614.1 et seq. Written contract 10 Oral contract 5 Injury 2 Property damage 5
State Kansas Statute Kan. Stat. Ann. § 60-501 et seq. Written contract 5 Oral contract 3 Injury 2 Property damage 2
State Kentucky Statute Ky. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 413.080 et seq. Written contract 15 Oral contract 5 Injury 1 Property damage 5 (real property); 2 (personal property)
State Louisiana Statute La. civil code § 3492 et seq. Written contract 10 Oral contract 10 Injury 1 Property damage 1
State Maine Statute Me. Rev. Stat. Ann. tit. 14, § 751 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 6 Injury 6 Property damage 6
State Maryland Statute Md. Courts & Jud. Proc. Code Ann. § 5-101 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Massachusetts Statute Mass. Ann. Laws ch. 260, § 1 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 6 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Michigan Statute Mich. Comp. Laws § 600.5801 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 6 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Minnesota Statute Minn. Stat. Ann. § 541.01 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 6 Injury 2 Property damage 6
State Mississippi Statute Miss. Code. Ann. § 15-1-1 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Missouri Statute Mo. Rev. Stat. § 516.097 et seq. Written contract 5 Oral contract 5 Injury 5 Property damage 5
State Montana Statute Mont. Code Ann. § 27-2-2021 et seq. Written contract 8 Oral contract 5 Injury 3 Property damage 2
State Nebraska Statute Neb. Rev. Stat. § 25-201 et seq. Written contract 5 Oral contract 4 Injury 4 Property damage 4
State Nevada Statute Nev. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 11.010 et seq. Written contract 6 Oral contract 4 Injury 2 Property damage 3
State New Hampshire Statute N.H. Rev. Stat. Ann. § 508:1 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State New Jersey Statute N.J. Stat. Ann. § 2a:14-1 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State New Mexico Statute N.M. Stat. Ann. § 37-1-1 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State New York Statute N.Y. Civ. Prac. Laws & Rules § 201 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State North Carolina Statute N.C. Gen. Stat. § 1-46 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State North Dakota Statute N.D. Cent. Code § 28-01-01 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Ohio Statute Ohio Rev. Code Ann. § 2305.03 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Oklahoma Statute Okla. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 91 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Oregon Statute Or. Rev. Stat. § 12.010 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Pennsylvania Statute 42 Pa. Cons. Stat. Ann. § 5501 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Rhode Island Statute R. I. Gen. Laws § 9-1-12 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State South Carolina Statute S.C. Code Ann. § 15-3-510 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State South Dakota Statute S.D. Codified Laws Ann. § 15-2-1 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Tennessee Statute Tenn. Code Ann. § 28-3-101 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Texas Statute Tex. Civ. Prac. & Rem. Code § 16.001 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Utah Statute Utah Code Ann. § 78B-2-101 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Vermont Statute Vt. Stat. Ann. tit. 12, § 461 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Virginia Statute Va. Code Ann. § 8.01-228 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Washington Statute Wash. Rev. Code Ann. § 4.16.005 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State West Virginia Statute W. Va. Code § 55-2-1 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Wisconsin Statute Wis. Stat. Ann. § 893.01 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3
State Wyoming Statute Wyo. Stat. § 1-3-102 et seq. Written contract 3 Oral contract 3 Injury 3 Property damage 3