The parts of a check

Drag the magnifying glass over the check to learn about each part.


Use the magnifying glass to learn more about each part.
As you use the red dot to drag the magnifying glass over the check, the elements are explained here.
Your name and address go here. These are preprinted on the check for your convenience and tell the person or company to whom you’re giving the check – known as the payee – that you’re the one who wrote it. This is where you write today’s date. Here is where you write the name of the person or company who will be receiving the money. If you’re making a withdrawal for yourself, you will write “Cash” here. The amount of the check is written here. The amount in words is written on this line. You start at the left edge of the line and when you’re finished, you will draw a line through the remaining empty space as far as the word "Dollars." The name of the bank that holds your account appears here. To remember what you bought, you can write a brief description here. Your signature should be the last thing you complete. It gives the bank permission, or authorization, to release the money to the payee. This is the bank routing number. It identifies the bank that issued the check. You need this number to set up direct deposit at work. Direct deposit allows your employer to electronically deposit your paycheck directly into your account, without giving you a paper check. This is the 10-digit account number that is unique to your account. This tells the bank which account the money comes from. This is the check number. This reference number will help you keep track of your payments by check. Each time you write a check, you should record the check number, date, payee, and amount in your check register, and calculate your new balance. This is the check number. This reference number will help you keep track of your payments by check. Each time you write a check, you should record the check number, date, payee, and amount in your check register, and calculate your new balance.
  • Write in ink.
  • Write clearly.
  • Record every check in your register.
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