To assist in making sure that
the Cass County Prosecutor’s Office can go forward
in seeking restitution or prosecution, please follow
these steps when accepting a check:
ALWAYS ask to see the
check writer’s driver’s license or photo
Compare the photo with the check
writer and write the driver’s license number or
social security number and/or date of birth on
the check you are receiving.
COMPARE the address on the photo
identification with the information contained on
the check. Make sure the check contains the
check writer’s current address and personal
REQUIRE the check writer’s date of birth and
social security number or driver’s license
REQUIRE the check writer
to sign the check in your presence and compare
the signature on the photo identification with
the signature on the check.
MAKE sure the check is in good condition,
with no alterations, erasures, white-out, tape
or type-written information.
MAKE sure the person receiving the check also
INITIALS the check so that the person who
accepts the check can identify the check writer.
NEVER accept a
double-endorsed check, which is a check made out
to someone else, who then supposedly signs it
over to the person who is submitting it now as
their payment for purchase.
NEVER accept payroll checks or third party
NEVER accept pre-dated or post-dated checks.
NEVER accept undated or incomplete checks.
ESTABLISH a waiting period before you issue a
customer refund, making sure that your
customer’s check has cleared before refunding
DO NOT accept checks written on banks outside Missouri
NEVER accept a check without proper
ALWAYS forward a bad check to this office
prior to a check
being 60 days old.
NEVER accept partial payment on a check.
NEVER have an agreement to
hold the check