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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 $2,000.00 (or multiple checks do not exceed this limit). Any check(s) over $2,000.00 should contact Office of the State Attorney directly at (561) 355-7100. There are no minimum dollar restrictions.

  • The check was received in 15th Judicial Circuit deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services and was presumed “good” at the time of acceptance.
  • A “Statutory Notice” was sent to check writer via U.S. Certified Mail allowing 15 days to make check good.
  • A photo I.D. (driver’s license or state identification card) was recorded at the 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, stop payment, or payroll check.
  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.
  • There is no amount, date, or signature on the check.
  • The numeric and written amounts on check do not match. 
  • 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 15th Judicial Circuit–Palm Beach County
Office of the State Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program
may be pursued through a Small Claims Court process


State Attorney's Office Palm Beach County