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Small Claims Statutes of Limitations

In order to file a claim in small claims court, you must file within a certain number of years from the time the event occurred which gives grounds to your claim. The following table shows the statute of limitations, or time limit, for each state.

Statute of Limitations (Years)

State

Written Contracts

Oral Contracts

Personal Injury

Property Damage

Alabama

6

6

2

6

Alaska

3

3

2

6 (real estate)

2 (personal property)

Arizona

6

3

2

2

Arkansas

5

3

3

3

California

4

2

2

3

Colorado

3 (non-liquidated amounts)

6 (liquidated amounts)

6

2

2

Connecticut

6

3

2

2

Delaware

3

3

2

2

District of Columbia

3

3

3

3

Florida

5

4

4

4

Georgia

6

4

2

4

Hawaii

6

6

2

2

Idaho

5

4

2

3

Illinois

10

5

2

5

Indiana

10

6

2

6 (real estate)

2 (personal property)

Iowa

10

5

2

5

Kansas

5

3

2

2

Kentucky

15

5

1

5 (real estate)

2 (personal property)

Louisiana

10

10

1

1

Maine

6

6

6

6

Maryland

3

3

3

3

Massachusetts

6

6

3

3

Michigan

6

6

3

3

Minnesota

6

6

2

6

Mississippi

3

3

3

3

Missouri

5

5

5

5

Montana

8

5

3

2

Nebraska

5

4

4

4

Nevada

6

4

2

3

New Hampshire

3

3

3

3

New Jersey

6

6

2

6

New Mexico

6

4

3

4

New York

6

6

3

3

North Carolina

3

3

3

3

North Dakota

6

6

6

6

Ohio

15

6

2

4 (real estate)

2 (personal property)

Oklahoma

5

3

2

2

Oregon

6

6

2

6

Pennsylvania

4

4

2

2

Rhode Island

10

10

3

10

South Carolina

3

3

3

3

South Dakota

6

6

3

6

Tennessee

6

6

1

3

Texas

4

4

2

2

Utah

6

4

4

3

Vermont

6

6

3

3

Virginia

5

3

2

5

Washington

6

3

3

3

West Virginia

10

5

2

2

Wisconsin

6

6

3

6

Wyoming

10

8

4

4


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