People hold a common idea that red ink cannot be used on a check. Purportedly, the check scanners cannot read red ink and the check will not be processed. However, this myth holds no real weight. Even if this were the case, a human would later review the check and still validate it. As such, you can use red ink on a check with ease.
Take out your check book. Detach a single check.
Use your red ink pen to fill out the pertinent information. Fill in the amount of the check, the recipient’s name and an optional memo.
Mail or give your check to the recipient. He can cash your red ink check at his bank.
- MSN Money Central: Financial Urban Legends
- National Credit Union Administration. "Understanding a Check and Balancing a Checkbook." Accessed Apr. 27, 2020.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "I Received a Check Where the Words and the Numbers for the Amount Are Different. Is This Check Valid and for How Much?" Accessed Apr. 28, 2020.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "Can a Bank or Credit Union Cash a Post-Dated Check Before the Date on the Check?" Accessed Apr. 29, 2020.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "Can I Cash a Check at Any Bank or Credit Union?" Accessed Apr. 29, 2020.
Alex Lubyansky has been a writer since 2007. He was a research assistant for the legal publication "Feminist Jurisprudence: Volume IV" and has been published in the Education and Employment Tips section of a prominent website. He holds a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and is currently a law student at DePaul University.