How to Write a Voided Check


Voiding a check is a simple process that's necessary more often than you might realize. Many employers require a voided check for direct deposit. Some agencies require it to verify your identity. Other places use it to automatically debit your account for monthly services, making payment convenient. And, of course, there are times when you make an error that requires you to discard a check and render it useless.

Grab a blank check from your checkbook. Use the check that's next in numerical order, and from the account that's relevant to your purpose.

Write "VOID" in large, bold letters across the entire face of the check. Use a pen or permanent marker--something that cannot be erased or changed easily.

Also write "void" on the signature line and in the amount box. The bank examines these two areas when someone cashes a check. The bank attendant should notice a "void" or something unusual about one of these spots if a forgery takes place.

Record the voided check in your check register, noting the check number. This will be helpful if money goes missing from your account, or if you need to account for a certain check.

Erica Green has been a freelance journalist since 2008. She has contributed to the Atlantic Publishing Company, Texas Sports, Confessions of a Homeowner and more. Green is currently pursuing a degree in Spanish, and she tutors English Language Learner students. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas and is a certified middle school teacher.