Gift Card Ratings

District of Columbia Gift Card Law

Last updated on March 11, 2011


What we like:

  • District of Columbia has legally specified whether or not gift cards escheat to the state

What could be better:

  • No limits on expiration dates
  • No maximum post-sale fee or minimum time frame before charging monthly fees
  • Merchants are not required to give cash back
  • No legal definition of a gift card or gift certificate
  • Value will escheat to the state 5 years after the card's expiration
  • District of Columbia does not maintain a consumer-centric web page dedicated to gift card laws

Heads up! ScripSmart attempts to make all information accurate. ScripSmart is only a guideline and does not provide definitive statements of the law. If you have questions about the law's application to a particular case, direct them to a specialist.

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District of Columbia Attorney General Information

Attorney General: Peter Nickles (D)
Phone: 1-202-727-3400

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