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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 $2,500 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.

  • It was received in Tulare County, deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or service and was presumed "good" at the time of acceptance.

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

  • A photo I.D. number (driver's license, military I.D., 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 rent on housing (1st month and deposit only), or lease on commercial property 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 the 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.

Check(s) ineligible for Tulare County District Attorney Bad Check
Restitution Program may be pursued through a Small Claims 
Court or by a private colleciton agency.