What Is A Voided Check? Everything You Need to Know

While owning a checkbook and writing checks to many people might seem a bit outdated, there are still plenty who prefer this method. 

What Is A Voided Check?

A voided check is a check that can no longer be accepted as payment from anyone. It has the word “VOID” written across it and therefore is not a blank check either. A voided check will still have your account details on it but it cannot be used to process any payment.

How to Void A Check

Tip: When writing “VOID” do not block the account number or routing numbers at the bottom of the check. This is the info the recipient needs to be able to send payment directly to your account.

Reasons You May Need to Void A Check

Instead of trying to correct the error you may have made on a check, it’s better and safer to cancel the check completely by voiding it.

1. You’ve made a mistake

Reasons You May Need to Void A Check

The most common reason to send a voided check is to share your account details with an employer. If you recently changed jobs or bank accounts, for example, your employer will want your account information and may ask for a voided check. 

2. You need to receive direct deposits

Reasons You May Need to Void A Check

You may also need to send a voided check if you need to sell up automatic bill payments or regular investment contributions.

3. You need to set up automatic payments

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