How to Write a Void Check 101 [Free Guide]

In this article, we’re sharing how to write a void check.

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Write a Void Check
  2. Does a Voided Check Need a Signature?
  3. Is It Legal to Write Void on a Check?
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
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How to Write a Void Check

To write a void check you will first need to obtain the check that you want to void or take a new check from your checkbook. Next, you will need to write the word “void” across the face of the check in large block letters. In most cases, you should use blue or black ink to write “void”. 

Does a Voided Check Need a Signature?

No, a voided check does not need a signature. In fact, because a voided check is no longer valid and is intended to be destroyed, it is more secure not to sign a void check. On the other hand, if a check already has a signature before “void” is written across its face, this is fine.

Of course, if you are being asked to provide a check for a specific purpose, such as setting up a standing order or other payment, you should confirm with the entity that you are transacting with whether having a signature on the check is required for their purposes.

Can I Create a Voided Check?

Yes, you can create a voided check by following the instructions shared in this article, which include writing “void” in large block letters across the face of the check. However, in most cases, you will need to use blue or black ink and after the purpose of the voided check has been fulfilled, the check should be discarded securely.

Can I Deposit a Voided Check Into My Checking Account?

No, you cannot deposit a voided check into your checking account. In fact, a voided check is considered invalid and no longer carries any value. With this in mind, when a check has “void” written across its face, it should be discarded securely.

Yes, it is legal to write “void” on a check. In fact, in many instances it is necessary to write void on a check, either when you no longer intend for a check to be cashed or when you need to issue a void check in support of a financial transaction, scheduling payments, or for other reasons.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are three of the most common questions that we receive from people looking into how to write a void check. If you have further questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

How Do You Write a Void Check Example?

You can write a void check example by sourcing a blank unused check from your check book. Then, you can write the word “void” across the face of the check in large block letters. Importantly, you should use blue or black ink when writing “void” as this is often a requirement for certain legal processes. However, no bank will deposit a check with the word “void” clearly written across its face, as this clearly indicates that the check is no longer valid.

What Are the 3 Steps to Voiding a Check?

The 3 steps to voiding a check are (1) to take possession of the check if you do not currently have it on your person, (2) write the word “void” on the face of the check in large block letters, and (3) discard of the check securely after it has been voided.

What Does a Voided Check Look Like?

A voided check looks like every other check in your checkbook with one major difference, it has the word “void” written across its face in large block letters. By writing “void” across a check, it will no longer be valid for depositing or cashing at any financial institution.

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