Bad Checks

The San Mateo County, District Attorney’s office has a Bad Check Enforcement Program to track down bad check writers, return the money to the victims, and to deter future offenses through a diversion program and possible prosecution.

A check is eligible if...

  • The amount is no more than $3,000 (or multiple checks not exceeding this limit). There are no minimum dollar restrictions.
  • It was received in San Mateo 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 check good.
  • A photo I.D. (driver's license, state identification card) was recorded at the time of the transaction.

To apply for the program and to receive further information, victims should obtain a Bad Check Report form from the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office website. Please click on the following link:http://www.checkprogram.com/staticwebsites/sanmateocountyca/.