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How To Write A Check in Simple Steps

In this age of technology and mobile apps, the need to write checks to pay for good and services has significantly reduced. However, some people still use and write a check as a method of payment.

So, if you don’t know how to write a check, or it has been a while since you last filled a check, do not worry. This article will explain in simple steps how to fill out a check.

Here is an example of a completely filled out check

how to write a check
check example

How to write a check in 5 easy steps:

Step 1: The first step in writing a check is to fill out the “Date.” The date can be found at the very top of the check.

You can use any format you want, but most people use this format for brevity: month/day/year, m/d/yyyy. So if today’s date is October 24, 2019, simply write 10/24/2019.

Step 2: The second step in filing out a check is to specify to whom the check is being written for. At the middle of the check where it says “Pay to the order of,” simply fill out the recipient’s name.

It can be a person, a business, or an organization. For example if you’re filing out a check to the IRS, simply write: Internal Revenue Services.

If it is an individual, simply write out the full name, including the first and last name and middle name if there is one.

Step 3: The third step in filing out a check is to write the amount in word format. In other words, you need to spell out the amount in that long line provided in the middle of the check.

To illustrate, if you’re writing a check for $150, you need to write “one hundred fifty dollars.”

Step 4: The next step is to enter the amount of dollars in numbers. There is a box at with a dollar $ sign at the right corner of the check. Simply enter the amount using numbers. So, in this case, simply write “150.”

Step 5: The fifth step is to write the reason for the check. While it is optional to fill out this part, it’s always recommended to do so.

For example if you’re writing a check to an organization called WeClean for cleaning your house, you should write for cleaning services in the memo line. This way it is clear you’re paying WeClean for cleaning your house.

Step 6: The last step in filling out a check is to sign the check. Your signature is mandatory. Indeed, without it, the recipient won’t be able to cash the check. The line next to the memo line is where you sign the check.

In conclusion, learning how to write a check does not have to be hard. Simply follow the steps above and you will be good to go.

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