Berks County District Attorney
Bad Check Restitution Program

John T. Adams, District Attorney


How to Determine a Check's
Eligibility for the Program.


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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 Berks 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 check good.

  • 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.

  • It is a two-party, stop payment, payroll, or credit 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.

Check(s) ineligible for the Berks County District Attorney Bad Check Restitution Program may be pursued through your local District Justice's Office or by a private collection agency.