Correct Way to Write Checks

Correct Way to Write Checks
Write your checks the correct way to avoid mishaps.

Write the date in the top right corner. Do this on the line marked "Date." There is no standard way to write the date. For example, you could write it, "February 10, 2010," or you could write it "2/10/10."

Print the name of the recipient on the middle line. Immediately preceding this line, you'll find the words "Pay to the order of." Carefully write the name of the person or company that is receiving the check. If you write the wrong name, the person may be unable to use the check.

Enter the numerical amount of the check in the small box. You'll find this box just to the right of the recipient's name. Near the box, you'll see the word "Amount." For example, you might write "$188.19."

Write the amount of money in words under the recipient's name. Banks will compare the amount you've written here with the amount of the box. This is particularly useful if the teller can't read your numerals. If the amount includes cents, you can write them as a fraction of 100. For example, you might write "one hundred eighty eight and 19/100." You do not need to write "dollars."

Sign the check in the bottom right corner. There is a line there for your signature. Without your signature, the person cannot cash the check.