How to Read a Bank Check

Notice the bank logo in the upper left-hand corner of the check. The name of the bank will appear, along with contact information for the bank. This is the traditional spot on a personal check where a person's name and address appears.

Look for the words "Bank Check" or "Cashier's Check" in the upper center of the check. This indicates to you that it is a check that was drafted by the bank.

Read the amount of the check just like you would a personal check. The amount will be written in numerical form on the right side of the check and will be written out in alphabetic form in the center of the check. This tells you how much money you get when you cash the check.

Check the "To The Order Of" line on the check. This line tells you who the check is made out to. This is the person who can cash or deposit the bank check.

View the bottom left side of the check for any additional information about the origins of the check or the purpose of the check. In many cases, a bank will list here on whose behalf the check was written.

See the very bottom of the bank check for the bank account information. The routing number will be the first set of digits followed by the account number.