### How to Properly Write a Check: Basic Step by Step Instructions

A check is a written order to pay someone a specific amount of money on a certain date. Here are the basic steps of how to properly write out a personal check with dollars and cents.

### STEP 1

DATE
Today’s date. Include the month, day, and year.

### STEP 2

PAY TO
The name of the recipient: the individual or company that you are writing the check to.

### STEP 3

\$ AMOUNT
The amount of the check in numerals, with cents after the decimal.  Begin as close as possible to the \$.  If cents are zero, be sure to write .00

### STEP 4

AMOUNT
The amount of the check in long-form in words, the word ‘and’, and then cents, which is written as a fraction as cents/100.  Start at the left edge, and draw a line through the remaining space.

### STEP 5

MEMO/FOR
Optional field to describe the reason for the check, or an account number.

SIGNATURE

### How to Write a Check Video Lesson

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## 3 thoughts on “How to Properly Write a Check: Basic Step by Step Instructions”

1. Joel Akene says:

This is kind of easy.

2. therese.thornton says:

this is so easy my lil sister could do it lol

3. MaleighaCarson says:

This seems very easy.