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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.

Instructions

  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • FACT: In 2008 the Federal Reserve processed 269 million government checks.

You Will Need

  • A pen
  • A check

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