Video:Don'ts for Writing a Checkwith Maria Birch
Learn these don'ts for writing a check so that you don't make errors on checks and have to void them unnecessarily. Here are some important don'ts for writing a check.See Transcript
Transcript:Don'ts for Writing a Check
Hi, I'm Maria Birch for About.com and today we're going to be discussing what not to do when writing a check.
Don't Use Pencil When Writing a Check
Firstly, don't use a pencil to write a check. The only writing instrument you should ever use is a pen. This way, your check will be easy to read and difficult to change.
Don't Sign Blank Checks or Write a Check for Too Much Money
Next, don't sign a blank check. If you do, someone else can write in any amount they choose and you may suddenly discover that you have an empty bank account.
This third tip is very important -- don't write a check for an amount you know your checking account balance can't cover. There are laws against doing this and it's costly to bounce checks.
Don'ts for Writing a Check Amount
Next, don't leave a gap between the border of the box and the numerical amount. If you do, you make it easier for someone else to write in an extra digit.
Also, start the written amount as far left as possible and don't forget to draw a line after the last word so that there's no more space left to write.
Don't Forget Signature and Date When Writing a Check
Don't forget to date and sign the check because without those two elements, the check can't be processed.
Lastly, don't cross out mistakes. If you make an error, you can shred the check or void it by writing "void" in large, bold letters. Then, write out a new one.
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