Introduction: How to Write a Check

Writing a Check 101

Step 1: Get Your Supplies

A blue or black pen (only use black or blue ink)

A Check

Step 2: Verify the Authenticity of the Check

Make sure that the printed check number is the same on the top and bottom of the check.

Step 3: Write the Date

Write the current date (DD/MM/YYYY).

Step 4: Write the Payee’s Name

Write the name of the person or organization you're paying.

Step 5: Payment in Numbers

Write the payment amount in numbers.

Step 6: Payment in Words

Write the payment amount in words. If your payment includes cents write the cents as a fraction. For example: 50 cents would be written 50/100. Draw a line after the check amount to prevent fraud.

Step 7: Write Your Signature

Write your signature to validate the check

Step 8: Write the Memo

Write the reason you are writing the check. For example: "babysitting" "rent"

Step 9: Record the Check in Your Check Register

Keep a record of the check by copying the check information under the corresponding categories in your check register.

Step 10: Step 10: Update the Checkbook Balance

Subtract the amount of the check from the current balance.