Determining 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 Contra Costa 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
  • It is submitted to the program within 90 days from the date on the check
  • A photo I.D. (driver's license, military I.D., state I.D., etc.) 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 the transaction
  • It is a two-party or government 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 numeric and written amounts on the check do not match
  • The check involves an "extension of credit"
  • It is an out-of-state check

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