How To Void A Check

Want to learn how to void a check? There are many reasons why someone may want to void a check. Perhaps you filled out your check incorrectly, with the wrong amount on it or incorrect date. To set up a direct deposit for an account, many banks and employers ask for a voided check. Sometimes you may start to write a check and then decide to pay cash or credit card instead. In any of these scenarios, you'd need to know how to void a check. Read on to find out how to do this.

What you need to void a check:

  • a check to void
  • your checkbook
  • a pen
  1. Decide to void a check. Voiding a check makes it useless, so first you need a reason to void a check. If you filled it out incorrectly or decided not to pay by check, you will need to void a check.
  2. Write void on check. Next, write the word VOID in large letters horizontally across the entire check. This will let anyone who sees it know that the check has been voided and is no longer good. You can also underline the word VOID if you like, to further emphasize the fact that the check has been voided.
  3. Keep the check or get rid of it. Because the check is no longer valid, you can either throw it out or you can save it for your records. Either way, it is no longer legal tender because it has been voided.
  4. Make note of the voided check. In your checkbook register, write down the number of the check and then next to it write VOIDED in your check register. That way, when you are balancing your checkbook and you're wondering why that check never cleared, you can look and see that that check was voided by you.

That's all there is to voiding a check. By simply marking it void and making note of it for your records, you've done everything you need to do in order to make your check voided. The next time you make a mistake while filling out a check or need to void a check for any reason, you now know how to go about it.

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