How to Write a Check
Knowing how to write a check is an important skill to have. It might come in handy in the future, and it’s important to not invalidate it by doing something wrong.
For that reason, 5-Minute Crafts has come up with a quick guide to help you fill out a check.
- Make sure the date is complete (month, day, and year).
- It’s possible to write the date in full, for example: Dec. 5, 2021.
- Otherwise, use only numbers, for example: 12/05/2021 or 05/12/2021.
2. Pay to the order of
- Write out the full name of the person, organization, or company that this check is for.
- It’s important to spell it without mistakes.
3. Money amount
- Inside the square box after the dollar sign, write the exact amount of money for the check.
- Do not round up or make an estimation.
4. Written money amount
- On the line under “Pay to the order of,” repeat the money amount, only this time spelled out.
- Write the cents as a fraction over 100. 50 cents would be 50/100, as an example: $145.50 is written as One Hundred Forty-Five 50/100.
- Even numbers like 400 are written as Four Hundred.
Note: Draw a single line to the end of the field to prevent anyone from adding more numbers.
- Filling out the memo is optional.
- Fill out what the check is for in this area, an example would be: “Monthly rent.”
Note: If the check is a payment for utilities, rent, or mortgage, you might be asked to fill in the memo with your account number for identification.
- Sign your name on the line in the bottom right corner.
- Don’t sign your name anywhere else.
- If you don’t properly sign your check, it will be invalid.
Note: The recipient will sign their name in the back of the check. When they do this and the check is cashed, and the money will be deducted from your account.