What Are the 7 Most Important Things To Remember When Writing a Check?

Date the Check: Always write the current date on the line at the top right-hand corner. This tells the bank when you wrote the check and can be important for record-keeping and timing of the payment.

Recipient's Name: Write the name of the person or company receiving the check on the line that starts with "Pay to the Order of."

Numeric Amount: Write the amount of the check in numbers, starting as close to the dollar sign as possible to prevent fraud, in the small box on the right side. For example, "$123.45."

Written Amount: Write out the amount in words on the line beneath the recipient's name. This serves as a confirmation of the numeric amount.

Memo Line (Optional): The memo line at the bottom left is optional but helpful for noting the check's purpose, like "Rent for May" or "Birthday Gift."

Signature: Sign the check on the line in the bottom right corner. Your check is not valid without your signature, and the signature should match the one your bank has on file.

Record Keeping: Remember to record the check in your check register, including the check number, date, recipient, and amount.