Any person who receives a bad check is eligible to participate in the Bad Check Program if the following conditions are met.
- Check was passed in San Luis Obispo County or received by mail in this county.
- Check must come back to the recipient stamped non-sufficient funds or account closed.
A non-sufficient fund check must be submitted to the bank TWICE before referring it to the program. Account closed checks need only be submitted to the bank once.
Victims must complete a Bad Check Complaint form. The form is available on our web site or by calling the Bad Check Program. Please provide as much information as possible about the check writer. If you’re a business, please identify the name of the employee who accepted the check in the witness section of the complaint. Please provide all documentation pertaining to the check you accepted. (Invoices, applications for service, receipts, video footage-anything that will help identify the check writer)
Our office will ONLY accept the original “Check 21” or “Substitute” check copy returned to you by your bank. We cannot accept photocopies. Call if you have questions about Check 21 guidelines.
Checks must be submitted in a timely manner. Preferably within 30 days of being returned
Please retain a copy of the check for your records. If you were charged fees from your bank for handling the check, please enclose a copy of your statement reflecting those fees. We will collect a maximum of $15 in bank fees.
Once the check is submitted to the District Attorney's Office, please do not accept payment from the check writer. The check writer must make payment directly to the District Attorney's Office.