How to Write a British Cheque

How to Write a British Cheque
Write a British Cheque

Write the date on the cheque. Remember, the date format should be dd/mm/yy unlike mm/dd/yy in the United States. You may also write the full date. For instance, "9 September, 2006."

Fill in the name of the payee (to whom the payment has to be made) next to "Pay." Start as close to "Pay" as possible. If you still have space on the line after you have written the name, you may draw another line with your pen. This would ensure that no one can add any more words to the Payee section.

Fill the amount of the cheque. This should be done both in words and figures. The amount in words (pounds and pence) should be written below the name of the Payee. As in the above case, if there is space after the amount is completely written, you may draw a line. On the right of the checque, a box to enter the amount in figures is given. The pound sign £ is usually preprinted. If the amount includes a lower denomination (pence) the amount can either be written as £ XX.XX or £ XX - XX p. For example, £72.80 or £72 - 80p

Cross the cheque. It is always advisable to pay the cheque to the payee's account. This can be done by writing "Account Payee" on the check. Usually, this term is pre-printed on British cheques. If you do not mention Account Payee, the cheque amount can be cashed.

Rectify your mistake in case you enter wrong date, name or amount on your cheque. Do this by clearly crossing out the mistake and entering your full signature as close as you can to the change made.

Sign the cheque properly at the bottom right corner. A cheque cannot be passed unless signed. Ensure that your signature matches the signature given in your bank account.