How to Write a Check
- Check number
- Date check is written. Write out month, day, year, i.e. January 23, 2012
- Payee – The person or company you are paying. (Department of Homeland Security)
- The amount in numbers i.e. 380. 00/100
- The amount in words i.e. Three hundred eighty and 00/100. This is very important and checks may be returned if it is written incorrectly.
- Bank numbers (You will probably never need to know this)
- Bank routing number and account number. Useful for when you are paying bills online using your checking account.
- Make sure an address is written on the top left side of the check. If the address is not pre-printed on the check, you should write it in yourself.
- Your check will be read by an OCR (optical character reader) scanner, not by a person. The algorithms may reject your check if it is not written EXACTLY as above and your OPT application will be returned to you for non-payment. For example, do not write “Three hundreds” (with an “s”) because it is more than one hundred. This has happened.
- In the “For” or “Memo” line, please write “USCIS I-765”