How to Void a Check





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Uploaded on Jan 21, 2010

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Whether you've made a mistake, like writing the wrong year or wrong amount, or want to set up automatic bill payments or direct deposit, you may need to void a check.

Step 1: Write void
Write the word VOID in the space where you would write the amount of the check. If you’ve already written the amount, write over it.

Step 2: Write across signature line
Write VOID across the signature line on the check. If you’ve already signed the check, write over your signature.

Step 3: Write across the front of the check
Write VOID in big letters across the front of the check.

Technically, you only have to write once across the front, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.

Step 4: Write across the back of the check
Write VOID in big letters across the back of the check. Whether you’ve endorsed it doesn’t matter.

Step 5: Write check number
Write the check number in your check register.

Step 6: Write reason
Write a note about the reason you voided the check, in case you need it later for reference.

Did You Know?
In 2008 the Federal Reserve processed 269 million government checks.


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