Everyone makes mistakes.
Whether you forgot to pick up toilet paper at the store or you put diesel gasoline in your Honda Civic, no one is perfect.
Another mistake you’ve probably made at some point is writing the wrong amount on a check or misspelled the recipient’s name. Or maybe you completely forgot that you need to void a check to set up your direct deposit after landing a new job.
Either way, knowing how to void a check is a must, and there are two ways to ensure it’s done correctly and efficiently.
How to void a check
There are two ways you can go about voiding a check, and it all depends on how thorough you want to be and your reasons for needing a check voided. You'll want to void a check if you made an error in spelling the recipient's name, or you wrote the wrong amount or the incorrect date. Checks can also be voided when filling out a direct deposit form after starting a new job, or voided to avoid fraud.
Both ways to void a check are straightforward, but it’s important that you do it correctly to avoid someone fraudulently using your check.
To write a void check, you would either write void once in big bold letters across the entire check, or write it in three places: the signature line, the payment box, and in the "pay to the order of" section.
How to write a void check:
- Use a pen, not a pencil
- Write void in big bold letters across the check
- Write void in the signature line and payment box
Grab a pen and let’s get started.
Option 1: Write void once
Your first option to voiding a check is simply to write the word void, in pen, across the front in large letters. You can use this method if you're wondering how to void a blank check or how to void a check for a direct deposit.
This can also be used if you’ve made an error regarding the “pay to the order of” information, like the name is spelled wrong, or you wrote the incorrect dollar amount.
|Tip: When voiding a check for a direct deposit, avoid the numbers at the bottom, as those are used to establish a link to your bank account.|
Option 2: Write void three times
Want to be a little more thorough? You can choose to write void in three separate spots on the check.
Using a pen, write void in the payment amount box, the signature line, and over the pay to the order of information. This method should be used if the check is already filled out and you realize you’ve made a mistake after the fact.
A void not meant to be filled
Knowing how to void a check is a must when it comes to handling your personal finances. Just remember to cross your t’s and dot your i’s, or in this case, write it big so it can’t be missed!
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