AN ACT to increase the maximum processing fee for returned checks.


The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts:


SECTION 1.(a)  G.S. 25‑3‑506 reads as rewritten:

"§ 25‑3‑506.  Collection of processing fee for returned checks.

A person who accepts a check in payment for goods or services or his the person's assignee may charge and collect a processing fee, not to exceed twenty‑five dollars ($25.00), thirty‑five dollars ($35.00), for a check on which payment has been refused by the payor bank because of insufficient funds or because the drawer did not have an account at that bank.

If a collection agency collects or seeks to collect on behalf of its principal a processing fee as specified in this section in addition to the sum payable of a check, the amount of such the processing fee must shall be separately stated on the collection notice. The collection agency shall not collect or seek to collect from the drawer any sum other than the actual amount of the returned check and the specified processing fee."

SECTION 1.(b)  This act becomes effective October 1, 2019, and applies to checks dated on or after that date.

In the General Assembly read three times and ratified this the 21st day of June, 2019.



                                                                    s/  Bill Rabon

                                                                         Presiding Officer of the Senate



                                                                    s/  David R. Lewis

                                                                         Presiding Officer of the House of Representatives



This bill having been presented to the Governor for signature on the 24th day of June, 2019 and the Governor having failed to approve it within the time prescribed by law, the same is hereby declared to have become a law. This 5th day of July, 2019.



                                                                    s/  Karen Jenkins

                                                                         Enrolling Clerk