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Returned Check Procedures

If the bank on which a check is drawn does not honor the check, it is returned to the depositing bank.  The depositing bank processes the check a second time unless it is returned for the following reasons:  stop payment, lost/stolen, two signatures required, exceeds withdrawal limit, or if the check were drawn on itself. 

All Remaining Checks

The Clark County Collection Department sends a collection letter (which includes a $25 collection fee) to the customer who issued the returned check and a notice to the department who accepted the check.  The customer shall have 15 days to make payment.  The payment must be made payable to the Clark County Treasurer at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin Street, Vancouver, Washington 98660 or mailed to PO Box 5000, Vancouver WA 98666-5000.  Payment must be made by cash, cashier’s check, or money order.  Another personal check can not be accepted nor will we redeposit your returned check.  The customer must pay the amount of the returned check plus a $25 handling charge within 15 days after the date the collection letter is postmarked.  After the 15 days, the following additional amounts may be charged:

  1. Costs of collecting the amount of the check including an attorney’s fee, which will be set by the court;
  2. Interest on the amount of the check, which shall accrue at the rate of twelve percent per annum from the date of dishonor; and
  3. One hundred dollars or three times the face amount of the check, whichever is less, by award of the court.


Clark County Treasurer's Office:
Street Address: 1300 Franklin Street, 2nd Floor, Vancouver, WA 98660
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 5000, Vancouver, WA 98666-5000
Main phone: (360) 397-2252 | Fax: (360) 397-6042
Telecommunications Relay Service: (800) 833-6388, then call (360) 397-2445
Office Hours: 8-5 except Wednesday 9-5 | Phone Hours: 9-5
Responsible Elected Official: Doug Lasher

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