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Learn the Parts of a Check and What all the Numbers Mean


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Parts of a Check - Overview
Parts of a check, with a number next to each part. Use this diagram to understand what each is for

The parts of a check, with a number next to each part. Use this diagram to understand what each part is used for.

Justin Pritchard
When using checks, it’s important to understand what each part of the check is for. This helps you order checks (and make sure the order came out correctly), write checks, and set up direct deposit instructions. If somebody writes you a check, you can also ensure that the check was filled out properly so there won’t be a delay in getting your money.

This page is an overview of all of the different parts of a check. In following pages, we’ll focus on each individual part and look more closely at what that part is for. The descriptions below correspond to the blue numbers in the image above.

1. Personal information about you, the account owner
2. Payee line. Who the check is payable to
3. The dollar box. The amount of the check in numerical format
4. The amount of your check written out using words instead of numbers
5. Memo line for an unofficial note
6. Date line
7. Signature line
8. Your bank’s contact information and/or logo
9. Your bank’s ABA routing number
10. Your account number at your bank
11. Check number (note that this appears in two places)
12. Your bank’s fractional number

These pages mostly describe the parts of a check, along with a few hints on filling out each part. If you're just looking for a quick lesson on how to write a check, see our step-by-step tutorial, or watch a video that describes the process. We also have a short video available that describes the most important parts of a check.

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