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What Information Should Be Taken on the Check?

    Florida law specifies that you should ask for the following information about the check writer and write this information on the check itself:

  1. Name
  2. Home address
  3. Home telephone number
  4. Date of birth
  5. Race
  6. Height
  7. Place of employment
  8. Employer's telephone number

    This information may be written on the front of the check or in a limited area on the back of the check where endorsements may be placed. If some of this information is already printed on the check, then you or your employer should ask the check writer if that information is correct and current. If there are differences between information on the check and any ID that you asked for, you should ask for an explanation before you accept the check.

    You may also record this information on a check-cashing card application that you keep on file, giving your customers a check-cashing card with a specific number that you or your employees will write on checks instead of all the information listed above. It would still be a good idea, however, to ask for a picture ID even with the check-cashing card; this will cut down on the possibility of taking a forged or stolen check.


Last Update 03.28.17

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