Is it illegal for a government agency to refuse cash in order for someone to pay a fine?

Asked on August 31, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, California


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

There is nothing illegal per se for a governmental entity to require a check or money order instead of cash for the payment of a fine. The rationale is that when cash is refused as payment is due to accounting and security issues with it being transferred.

For example, in Sonoma County, California the county jail has a plant business selling to the general public where all payments must be in check. No cash is allowed.

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