How to Void a Check

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.

You will need

  • A pen
  • 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.

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.