Statute of Limitations by State

The Statute of Limitations is a type of law that sets the maximum amount of time that parties have to initiate civil or criminal legal proceedings after an injury. This law is in place so that disputes can be resolved quickly after they begin, witness testimony is more accurate, and evidence isn’t lost. The statute of limitations begins on the date that the injury was caused. 

The time limit that is imposed on people who might take legal action against another is also for the protection of the defendant. That way, for example, someone who’s either committed a wrongful act or has been the victim of such an act won’t have to worry about it for the rest of their lives. They will only have to wait a specific number of years before finding a legal resolution to the issue at hand. In that way, the statute of limitations is a very practical law. 

All 50 states, and the District of Columbia, normally limit the time in which a person can bring legal proceedings for written contracts against another from 3—10 years maximum, depending on the state. 

However, there are exceptions. For instance, Capital Offenses that are punishable by death can be filed at any time. Other exceptions include, but are not limited to, terrorism offenses, racketeering, theft of a major artwork, arson, violating citizenship of passport laws, and restricted data offenses. 

Learn more about states’ application of the Statutes of Limitations by scrolling through the data in the charts.

Written Contracts Prescriptive Period by State

Alabama - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#10 in the US

Alaska - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#43 in the US

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Arizona - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#12 in the US

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Arkansas - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#33 in the US

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#33 in the US

California - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#40 in the US

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#41 in the US

Colorado - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#44 in the US

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#12 in the US

Connecticut - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#13 in the US

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#13 in the US

Delaware - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#45 in the US

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District of Columbia - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#46 in the US

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#46 in the US

Florida - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#34 in the US

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#34 in the US

Georgia - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#14 in the US

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#14 in the US

Hawaii - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#15 in the US

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#15 in the US

Idaho - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#35 in the US

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#35 in the US

Illinois - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#1 in the US

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Indiana - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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Iowa - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#3 in the US

Kansas - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#36 in the US

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#36 in the US

Kentucky - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#4 in the US

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#4 in the US

Louisiana - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#5 in the US

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#5 in the US

Maine - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#16 in the US

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#16 in the US

Maryland - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#47 in the US

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#47 in the US

Massachusetts - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#17 in the US

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#17 in the US

Michigan - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#18 in the US

Minnesota - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#19 in the US

Mississippi - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#48 in the US

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#48 in the US

Missouri - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#6 in the US

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#37 in the US

Montana - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#10 in the US

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#9 in the US

Nebraska - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#37 in the US

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#38 in the US

Nevada - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#20 in the US

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#20 in the US

New Hampshire - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#49 in the US

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New Jersey - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#21 in the US

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#21 in the US

New Mexico - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#22 in the US

New York - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#23 in the US

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#23 in the US

North Carolina - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#50 in the US

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North Dakota - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#24 in the US

Ohio - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#25 in the US

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#25 in the US

Oklahoma - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#38 in the US

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#39 in the US

Oregon - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#26 in the US

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#26 in the US

Pennsylvania - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#42 in the US

Rhode Island - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#7 in the US

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#6 in the US

South Carolina - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#51 in the US

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#51 in the US

South Dakota - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#27 in the US

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#27 in the US

Tennessee - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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Texas - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#42 in the US

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#43 in the US

Utah - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#29 in the US

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#29 in the US

Vermont - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#30 in the US

Virginia - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#39 in the US

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#40 in the US

Washington - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#31 in the US

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#31 in the US

West Virginia - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#8 in the US

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#7 in the US

Wisconsin - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#32 in the US

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#32 in the US

Wyoming - Written Contracts Prescriptive Period

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#9 in the US

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#8 in the US