How to Check Whether a Money Order Was Cashed

by Jeannine Mancini ; Updated July 27, 2017

If you need to verify whether a money order was cashed, you'll need the purchase receipt or the money order serial number. There's a standard procedure for tracing money orders -- both nationally and internationally -- although variations in the procedure exist among issuers.


  • You can buy money orders from your local bank, grocery and convenience stores, Western Union, MoneyGram and the United States Post Office.

Step 1

Go to the issuer's website, agent location, office or branch for the proper form. For example:

Step 2

Complete the form by providing the money order number, your name, address, phone number, money order amount, person the money order was payable to, purchase location and signature. If you're using the online system to track a USPS money order, enter the serial number and submit.

Step 3

Include the receipt with your form. Verify if the original receipt is required. For example, Western Union requires the original receipt to provide tracking information. Before mailing the original, make a copy for your records.

Step 4

Enclose a check or money order for the nonrefundable administrative fee. Fees vary among issuers. At the time of publication, USPS doesn't charge for tracking, but the money order replacement fee is $6.10.

Step 5

Send the form to the address indicated on the form. Requests can take about 30 days to process. If the money order was cashed, you'll receive a photocopy of the money order so you can verify who cashed it. If it wasn't cashed, you'll get a refund.

Money order recipients are required to show proper identification verifying their identity when cashing a money order. If the check was cashed by someone other than the person the money order was payable to, contact the issuer to report fraud.

About the Author

Jeannine Mancini, a Florida native, has been writing business and personal finance articles since 2003. Her articles have been published in the Florida Today and Orlando Sentinel. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Central Florida.