San Bernardino County District Attorney

Bad Check Restitution Program

Michael A. Ramos, District Attorney

How to determine a Check's
Eligibility in the Program


Introduction

Filing a Report

Why it Works

Eligibility

Acceptance Tips

Form Download

File Check(s) Online

Contact Us

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A check is Eligible if...

  • The amount is no more than $2,500 (or multiple checks do not exceed this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.

  • It was received in San Bernardino County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed “good” at the time of acceptance.

  • A “Courtesy Notice” was sent to check writer allowing 10 days to make the check good.

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

A check is Ineligible if...

  • It is post-dated.

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

  • It is a two-party, government, rent, credit card, or payroll check.

  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.

  • There is no amount, date or signature on the check.

  • The check has not been processed by a bank.

  • The check involves an “extension of credit” or was payment on an account.

Checks ineligible for the District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program may be pursued through your local Small Claims Court or by a private collection agency.