1. Date the check
Write the date on the 'Date' line at the top right side of the check. In most cases the current date is being used. Today's date: 10 / 16 / 2021.
2. Payee: who is this check for?
On the line 'Pay to the order of' write the accurate name of the person or the organization you're paying.
3. Write the payment amount as a number:
Any amount of money is written out in figures using two decimal places (i.e. $125.50, $200.00, $900.45).
Write it in the payment amount box on the right side of the check, the one having the symbol '$' printed to the left.
Start writing as far over to the left as possible - so no one could change your amount (from 9.50 to 999.50, for example).
Don't forget to write the decimals even if you have a number without a fractional part.
4. Write the payment amount in words:
Write it on the payment amount line, the one having the word 'DOLLARS' printed to the right.
Use a pen instead of a pencil, which is too easy to alter.
If your writing doesn't take up the whole space, draw a straight line through to the end of the field so no one could edit what you wrote down.
Write out in words only the dollar value - the cents can be written numerically, as a fraction.
Choose your preferred form of writing the amount out of the six (6) listed below.
all lowercase letters:
one hundred thirty thousand nine hundred eighty-five and 00/100
ALL UPPERCASE LETTERS:
ONE HUNDRED THIRTY THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED EIGHTY-FIVE AND 00/100
$130,985.00: Title Case
Capital Letters at the Beginning of Words:
One Hundred Thirty Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty-Five and 00/100
$130,985.00: Sentence case
Capital letter to start the sentence:
One hundred thirty thousand nine hundred eighty-five and 00/100
$130,985.00: Start Case
Capital Letters At The Beginning Of All Words:
One Hundred Thirty Thousand Nine Hundred Eighty-Five And 00/100
punctuation - removed
spaces - replaced - by - hyphens:
5. Write a brief note about the payment
Write a short note about the payment you make on the 'Memo' line, what does the payment represent.
6. Sign the check
Without your signature the check couldn't be processed. Sign on the line at the bottom right side of the check.
If you make an error, just write 'void' on the check and start writing a new one.
When writing your check, use printing instead of cursive, if possible - it's easier to read.
Notes on Letter Cases used to write out in words the number above:
1: Lowercase: only lowercase letters are used. Example: 'seventy-six and two tenths'.
2: Uppercase: only uppercase letters are used. Example: 'SEVENTY-SIX AND TWO TENTHS'.
3. Title Case: first letter of each word is capitalized, except for certain short words, such as articles, conjunctions and short prepositions, 'a', 'an', 'the', 'and', 'but', 'for', 'at', 'by', 'to', 'or', 'in', etc. Example: 'Seventy-Six and Two Tenths'.
4. Sentence case: only the first letter of the first word is capitalized. Example: 'Seventy-six and two tenths'.
5. Start Case: first letter of each word is capitalized without exception. Example: 'Seventy-Six And Two Tenths'.
6. Camel Case: text has no spaces nor punctuation and first letter of each word is capitalized except for the very first letter in the series. Example: 'seventySixAndTwoTenths'.
Pascal Case: See the Camel Case above, but the first letter is also capitalized. Example: 'SeventySixAndTwoTenths'.
7. Hyphen Case: text has no spaces nor punctuation and the words are delimited by hyphen. Example: 'seventy-six-and-two-tenths'. Hyphen Case can be lowercase or uppercase.
8. Snake Case: text has no spaces nor punctuation and the words are delimited by underscore. Example: 'seventy_six_and_two_tenths'. Snake Case can be lowercase or uppercase.
Notes on Writing Out Numbers:
1: It's correct to hyphenate all compound numbers from twenty-one (21) through ninety-nine (99). The hyphen is the minus sign, as in 'thirty-four' (34).
2: In American English, unlike British English, when writing out natural numbers of three or more digits, the word 'and' is not used after 'hundred' or 'thousand': so it is 'one thousand two hundred thirty-four' and not 'one thousand two hundred and thirty-four'.
3. Do not use commas when writing out in words numbers above 999: so it is 'one thousand two hundred thirty-four' and not 'one thousand, two hundred thirty-four'.
4. Use commas when writing in digits numbers above 999: 1,234; 43,290, etc.