When completing personalization for personal checks, it is best
to have a sample check in front of you for reference. There are
2 areas to complete: Personal Information which appears in the upper
left of your check, and Bank Information which encompasses a number
of areas. Each is explained below.
- You may print up to 5 lines of personal information on your
checks. You are required to complete First Name 1, Last Name 1,
Address 1, City, State and Zip Code in this section.
- There are 6 lines provided for check personalization. However
only 5 lines will fit on the checks. Please complete only 5 of
the lines provided.
- If entering two names, select the button next to the name which
is on the payer’s credit card.
- Prefixes and middle names or initials may be included in the
First Name field. (ex: Dr. James A.)
- Suffixes may be included in the Last Name field. (ex: Williams, Jr.)
- For information such as phone number or driver's license number,
the "Other" line can be used.
Here are some samples of typical check personalization:
123 MAIN ST.
ANYWHERE, USA 12345-6789
123 MAIN ST. STE 100
ANYWHERE, USA 12345-6789
LICENSE NO: D-999-999-999-999
and Account Information:
|Account Open Date:
|| This should be entered in the format mm/yy and
must be a date in the past. The account open date is required
in the state of Illinois, West Virginia and by some banks. If it is included
in your current checks, it is best to include it when placing
your order. The account open date is printed to the right of
the first name printed as personalization on your checks.
|| Your routing number is always 9 digits and must
begin with a 0, 1, 2 or 3. It is the first number in the MICR
area at the bottom of your check. See the MICR line diagram
below. This is a required field.
|| Your account number is all numeric but could
be anywhere from 6 to 19 digits. Enter this number without any
special characters or spaces. This number appears at the bottom
of your check in the MICR area, either before or after the check
number. See the MICR line diagram below. This is a required field.
|Starting Check Number:
|| Your starting check number can be up to 4 digits
and must be greater than 100. The check number appears in both
the upper right corner of your check and the MICR area. See
the MICR line diagram below. This is a required field.
|Bank Name /
||Your bank's name must be printed on your checks.
Refer to your existing checks to determine whether or not to
include the bank address.
|Check MICR Line Diagram: