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How to write a check

Definition of a check

A check is a legal document that allows the owner of check to give financial institution which holds money the order to pay the payee the amount of money that the owner of check has designated.

7 steps to write a check

  • Write today's date. The date should be current, because check must be cashed in a period of time, usually 180 days or specified by issuer or banks.
  • Fill out the pay to line. Spell payee's name correctly, don't use abbreviated name(e.g. FB for Facebook) without permission from payee or your bank.
  • Write the exact amount you'd like to pay in number with decimal part.
  • Write the exact amount you'd like to pay in words.
  • Add a note on check for personal reference, sometimes requested by payee(write your phone number as note for a check to pay phone bill).
  • Review all other parts of information and make sure all are good, then sign your name.
  • Mail or hand over your check.

Basic of personal/business check

Personal or business check contains two parts. One is pre-printed information. Another is what needs you to fill out.

Parts of pre-printed:

  • The account owner's personal information, including name and/or address
  • Your bank’s name, logo, and branch contact information
  • Your bank’s routing number. The routing number will be used to identify the bank branch when doing clearance.
  • Your account number. This is your account number in the bank. It is printed following ABA number.
  • Check number of your check book. A reference for yourself to keep track your checks.
  • Your bank’s American Bankers Association (ABA) number.

Parts that will be filled out by you:

  • Payee line. Who the check is payable to.
  • The dollar box. The amount of the check in numerical format.
  • The amount in words. The amount of your check written out using words instead of numbers.
  • Memo. Add an unofficial note to your check for payee or yourself.
  • Date. When the check is written and issued
  • Signature. Only sign the check until you've filled out and reviewed all of the other sections of the check and decide to issue it.
  • List of some numbers with their English names

    Value Name
    0 Zero
    1 One
    2 Two
    3 Three
    4 Four
    5 Five
    6 Six
    7 Seven
    8 Eight
    9 Nine
    10 Ten
    11 Eleven
    12 Twelve
    13 Thirteen
    14 Fourteen
    15 Fifteen
    16 Sixteen
    17 Seventeen
    18 Eighteen
    19 Nineteen
    20 Twenty
    21 Twenty-one
    22 Twenty-two
    23 Twenty-three
    24 Twenty-four
    25 Twenty-five
    26 Twenty-six
    27 Twenty-seven
    28 Twenty-eight
    29 Twenty-nine
    30 Thirty
    31 Thirty-one
    32 Thirty-two
    40 Forty
    50 Fifty
    60 Sixty
    70 Seventy
    80 Eighty
    87 Eighty-seven
    90 Ninety
    100 One hundred
    101 One hundred [and] one
    110 One hundred [and] ten
    111 One hundred [and] eleven
    120 One hundred [and] twenty
    121 One hundred [and] twenty-one
    144 One hundred [and] forty-four
    200 Two hundred
    300 Three hundred
    400 Four hundred
    500 Five hundred
    600 Six hundred
    666 Six hundred [and] sixty-six
    700 Seven hundred
    777 Seven hundred [and] seventy-seven
    800 Eight hundred
    900 Nine hundred
    1,000 One thousand
    1,001 One thousand [and] one
    1,010 One thousand [and] ten
    1,011 One thousand [and] eleven
    1,024 One thousand [and] twenty-four
    1,100 One thousand one hundred
    1,101 One thousand one hundred [and] one
    1,728 One thousand seven hundred [and] twenty-eight
    2,000 Two thousand
    3,000 Three thousand
    10,000 Ten thousand
    100,000 One hundred thousand
    500,000 Five hundred thousand
    1,000,000 One million
    1,048,576 One million forty-eight thousand five hundred [and] seventy-six
    10,000,000 Ten million
    100,000,000 One hundred million
    1,000,000,000 One billion
    1,000,000,000,000 One trillion