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Compare short-term loans in San Francisco, CA

Find a lender near you, and learn about what you need to apply.

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Living in San Francisco is expensive. When you need extra money fast to cover expenses, a short-term loan is sometimes your only option. While you can get money as fast as the same day, consider the high costs and other risks before borrowing.

Can I get a payday loan in San Francisco?

Yes, you can get a payday loan in San Francisco. You can either borrow through an online lender and get your funds as soon as the next day, or you can go to a physical location and pick up your cash in person.

However, California state law puts restrictions on how much you can borrow and how much your lender can charge you. If you’re getting a short-term loan that you intend to pay back with your next paycheck, you can’t borrow more than $300 and must pay it back within 31 days. Your lender also must be licensed and can’t charge you a fee worth more than 15% of your loan’s value.

If you need more than $300 or extra time to pay it back, you might want to consider an installment loan instead. In San Francisco, you can borrow between $300 and $2,500 with terms up to six months and interest rates capped at 36%.

Compare short-term loans available in San Francisco

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Name Product Filter Values Max. Loan Amount Turnaround time Requirements
OppLoans Installment Loans
$5,000
1 business day
Direct deposit, meet minimum income requirements, live in eligible state
Comes with the option to change your due date so you won’t fall behind on repayments.
Check Into Cash Payday Loan
$1,000
1 to 2 business days
Bank account, email address, phone number, US citizen or permanent resident, ages 21+
Plus, get access to check cashing, cell phone top ups, bill pay and more at one of its many storefronts.
Fast5kLoans Short-term Loans Connection Service
$35,000
As soon as the next business day
Regular source of income, verifiable bank account, US citizen, ages 18+
Get connected with multiple lenders you might qualify with — even if you have bad credit.
LendYou Short-term Loans
$15,000
Same business day to 1 business days
$1,000+ monthly income, direct deposit, US citizen or permanent resident, ages 18+
Get offers from potential lenders in minutes by filling out just one online form.
Possible Finance Mobile Installment Loans
$500
As fast as 1 business day
Checking account with 3+ months of banking history, $750+ monthly income, live in eligible state, ages 18+
Borrow up to $500 with just a few swipes — but only for residents of 5 states.
BadCreditLoans.com
$5,000
Varies
Depending on lender requirements, people from all 50 states may not be eligible for a personal loan.
With straightforward, simple qualifications, these loans offer easy approval for people with poor credit.
Slam Dunk Loans
$50,000
Same business day to 1 business days
Employed, $800+ regular monthly income, checking account, ages 18+, US citizen
Fill out a simple online form to compare offers from several lenders that may be able to help.
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Documents needed to apply

While each lender has different requirements, you typically need to provide the following:

  • Proof of income. This can be your most recent pay stub if you’re employed or tax returns and bank statements if you receive other income.
  • Government-issued ID. A driver’s license is the most common, though lenders often accept other forms of ID, like a passport.
  • Bank account information. Your lender might need the account number and routing number to transfer funds directly to your bank account. Other lenders might just ask for proof of a bank account — such as a debit card or personal check.

Some lenders might ask for your Social Security number as well.

Where to find short-term loan locations in San Francisco

Short-term loan locations near me in San Francisco

  • Check `n Go.3001 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Advance America.1450 Fillmore St, San Francisco, CA 94115
  • California Check Cashing Stores.2531 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • LendUp – Alternative to Payday Loans.3411 E 12th St #124, Oakland, CA 94601
  • Montana Capital Car Title Loans.650 Polk St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Fast Auto and Payday Loans, Inc.19510 Hesperian Blvd, Hayward, CA 94541
  • Check Into Cash.2210-F S Shore Center, Alameda, CA 94501
  • ACE Cash Express. 2038 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • California Check Cashing Stores. 9 Kearny St, San Francisco, CA 94108
  • Money Mart. 4919 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94112

Must read: Be cautious of lenders that don’t display a license

California requires all payday lenders to have a license. This is for your protection — it makes it easier to enforce the law if a lender overcharges you. Licensed online lenders typically have a PDF of their California license available on their website, while storefront lenders are required to publicly display a copy of their license.

If you can’t easily find a lender’s license, it could be a sign that it’s not operating totally by the books. You can check to make sure your lender is licensed by visiting the California Department of Business Oversight website.

Bottom line

San Francisco has several options if you need money fast, though there are limits to how much you can borrow from a payday or installment lender.

If you’re struggling with long-term financial issues, you might want to look into alternative resources instead. Or read our payday loans guide to learn more about how short-term financing works.

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