Lancaster County District Attorney
Bad Check Restitution Program

Heather Adams, District Attorney

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 Lancaster 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 via U.S. Certified Mail allowing 10 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 post-dated.

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

    • It is an out-of-state, two-party, government, stop payment, 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 check involves an "extension of credit" or payment on an account.

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

    If you wish to file a civil suit through the District Justice's Office, you are advised to contact an attorney. The District Justice's Office is not permitted to provide legal counsel. To obtain more information about filing a suit with the District Justice's Office please visit the Public Education link on the Pennsylvannia Bar Association website at