The parts of a check

AlexThis is a sample check. Read on to see what you should fill in for each part of the check.

A sample check with these areas: name and address, date, payee, check amount, check amount in words, bank name, description, signature, check number, account number, and routing number.

AlexName and address: This is where your name and address go. They’re preprinted on the check for your convenience and tell the person or company you’re giving the check to — also known as the payee — that you’re the one who wrote it

Date: Enter today’s date here.

Payee: This is where you put the name of the person or company you’re writing the check to. If you’re making a withdrawal to get cash for yourself, enter “Cash” here.

Check amount: Write the amount of the check here.

Check amount in words: Write out the amount in words on this line. Start at the left edge of the line and when you’re finished, draw a line through the remaining empty space as far as the word “Dollars.” This is to ensure that no one else can alter the amount you wrote the check for.

Bank name: This is the name of the bank that holds your account.

Description: Write a brief description of your purchase here. This will help you remember exactly where your money went.

Signature: Your signature goes here. It gives the bank permission, or authorization, to release the money to the person or company receiving the check (the payee).

Check number: This is the check number. All checks are numbered sequentially. The check number will help you keep track of your checks and expenses.

Account number: Here’s your account number. This tells the bank which account the money comes from.

Routing number: This is the routing number. It’s how the bank identifies itself to other banks.

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