How to Write a Voided Check for Direct Deposit

Agreeing to direct deposit can limit the number of checks you cash.

Direct deposit is a service that puts payments that would otherwise be paid by check directly into your bank account. Paychecks from your job and Social Security benefits are two possible payments that might be issued to you through direct deposit. You must give the agency or organization that pays you permission to deposit funds into your account and provide your bank account number. Since a check contains your account and bank routing information, it is often requested as part of a direct deposit sign up process.


Step 1

Fill out the direct deposit application form. The specifics of the form will vary by organization and agency. You might be required to give your name, address and agency identification, such as a student or employee number. Sign the form and place it aside.

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Step 2

Remove a blank check from your checkbook. Record the number of the check in your checkbook register and write "VOID" as the description. You might also wish to provide more details, for example, "VOID for company direct deposit."


Step 3

Write the word "VOID" in large, bold letters across the front of the check. Take up most of the space on the check face to write void. Do not sign the check or make any other marks. The purpose of providing the check is to ensure the company has the correct account number for direct deposit. Writing the word void provides protection against an unscrupulous individual using the check to take money from your account.


Step 4

Attach the check to the direct deposit application. Forward the application and check to the agency or organization according to its instructions.

Things You'll Need

  • Direct deposit application form

  • Blank check