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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 the Denver, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and presumed "good" at the time of acceptance.

  • A "Courtesy Notice" was sent to check writer allowing 15 days to make check good.

  • A photo I.D. number (driver's license, military I.D., state identification card) was recorded at the time of the transaction.

A check is Ineligible if...

  • It is stolen or counterfeit. Report directly to the Denver Police Department Check Fraud Unit.

  • It is post-dated.

  • Both parties knew there were insufficient funds at the time of the transaction.

  • It is a two-party, stop payment, payroll, credit card, or traveler's 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 check involves an "extension of credit" or payment on an account.

Check(s) ineligible for the Denver District Attorney's Bad Check Restitution Program may be pursued through a Small Claims Court or by a private collection agency.