Parts Of A Check
Before asking where is the routing number located on a check, be aware that a check has multiple parts that play a role in processing the funds and executing the transferring money from one party to the other. A typical check includes –
Payor and Payee information
Payor (the person or organization sending the check funds) information in the form of an address and a phone (optional) is given at the top left corner of the check. The name of the payee (person or organization receiving the check funds) and “pay to the order of" line gives the full name of the person or organization receiving the check funds.
Date of the check / Check number
The date of the check is written in at the top right corner of the check to be sent. It should represent the current date that the check is written. Checks that have not been cashed after six months (for some banks, it’s nine months) are invalid and cannot be presented to a bank for funds. Dates written should include the month, day and year.
Check numbers are located at the top right corner above the date. For personal checks, the check number is a sequence up to 4 digits. For cashier or certified checks, the check number is usually contains six to eight digits depending on the bank.
Numeric Amount / Written Amount
The numeric amount is the amount given for the funds that the check represents. The numeric amount should be written in dollars and cents, such as $34.30. To confirm the numeric amount, the written amount is presented in long form using words for the dollars and cents. In the above example, the written amount would be “Thirty-four dollars and .30/100". The cents can also be written as “.30/xx".
The bank name, address and branch number are located in small print on the lower left hand side of the check.
Memo / Signature Line
The memo and signature line are both located on the bottom left and right areas (respectively) of a check. While the memo line is used to comment on the purpose of the check, the signature line is used by the payor to confirm the validity of the information on the check. Checks without signatures are not valid and cannot be processed by financial institutions.