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How to Endorse a Check

Turn your check into dollar bills by endorsing it.


  • Step 1: Take the check to the bank Take your check to your banking institution.
  • Step 2: Sign in space allotted Sign your check in the designated area only. The back of the check will tell you where to sign your name.
  • Step 3: Sign your name exactly the way it appears on the front of the check.
  • Step 4: Write account number Write your bank account number below your signature.
  • TIP: Sign or endorse your check in front of the teller at the bank.
  • Step 5: Write "For deposit only" Write "For deposit only," under your account number when mailing your check to the bank, or when someone else is depositing it for you.
  • FACT: Did you know? A 1988 Federal law limited the endorsement portion of the back of a check to 1½ inches.

You Will Need

  • A bank
  • A check made payable to you
  • A pen
  • Your bank account number

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