How to Use Red Ink on Checks

by Alex Lubyansky ; Updated July 27, 2017

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.

Step 1

Take out your check book. Detach a single check.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

Mail or give your check to the recipient. He can cash your red ink check at his bank.

About the Author

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.