Eligibility

How to Determine a Check's Eligibility for the Program

A check is Eligible if...

  • The amount is no more than $5,000 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.
  • It was received in Marin County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed "good" at the time of acceptance.
  • A "Returned Check Notice" was sent to the check writer allowing 10 days to make the check good.
  • It is submitted to the program within 90 days from the date on the check.
  • A photo I.D. (driver's license or state identification card) was recorded at the time of the transaction.

A check is Ineligible if...

  • It is post-dated.
  • Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of transaction.
  • Is a two-party, government, or payroll check.
  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.
  • There is no amount, date, or signature on the check.
  • It has not been processed by a bank.
  • The numeric and written amounts on the check do not match.
  • The check involves an "extension of credit" or payment on an account.

Checks ineligible for the Marin County District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program may be pursued via small claims court or by a private collection agency.