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Determining Eligibility
Eligible Checks
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 Merced County and deposited in a bank in exchange for goods or services presumed good at the time of acceptance.
  • A collection attempt can be documented in which the check writer had at least 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 identification card) was recorded at the time of the transaction.

Ineligible Checks
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, or payroll check.
  • The check involves an extension of credit, or was payment on an account.
  • The identity of the check writer is unknown.
  • There is no amount or signature on the check.

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


Merced County 2222 M Street Merced, CA 9543 Ph. (209) 385-7434 Toll Free (800) 226-6452