How to Cancel a Money Order

Money orders have a value equal to the cash paid for the instrument.

Money orders are financial instruments that have a value equal to the cash paid for the document. As a result, canceling a money order requires that the instrument be returned to the issuer with a request for refund. Some establishments will not refund the face value without the original receipt, which proves you purchased the money order. In order to cancel a money order, you must first locate the original instrument and collect the required documents.


Step 1

Get the original money order from the recipient, along with the receipt.

Step 2

Go to the establishment from which you purchased the money order and request a money order refund form, if required.

Step 3

Complete the form in its entirety and sign the document. You may need to include the serial number and money order amount.

Step 4

Hand the documents to the sales representative along with your identification, if required. Most establishments require a nominal fee to refund the money order.