How to write bank cheques

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How to write bank cheques
A bank cheque includes several fields that must be filled in correctly. (check in macro image by Alexey Klementiev from

Other than the spelling, the process of writing out a Canadian bank "cheque" is very similar to the process of writing a U.S. bank "check." Along with the pre-printed information on the cheque like your name and address, there are a few areas that you need to fill in correctly for the cheque to be valid.

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Things you need

  • Bank cheque
  • Pen in blue or black ink

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  1. 1

    Fill in the date of the cheque in the upper right hand corner. Note that in Canada the preferred date format is the day, the month and the year (dd/mm/yyyy).

  2. 2

    Write the name of the payee (person or the name of the business you're writing the cheque to) on the line labelled "Pay to the order of."

  3. 3

    Fill in the amount of the cheque in numeral and decimal format next to the payee (for example, £15.80).

  4. 4

    Write out the amount of the cheque on the line under the payee. Use fractions for cents. For this example, you would write "Twenty-four and 30/100." The word "dollars" will be printed on the left side of the line, so you do not need to write that.

  5. 5

    Sign the cheque on the blank signature line on the lower right of the cheque.

  6. 6

    Insert information about the payment on the memo line on the lower left corner of the cheque, such as "electric bill" or "auto repair," this step is optional.

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