Anatomy of a Check
The diagram below highlights specific check components. Move your mouse over any area of the check for a description of each component.
- Monogram or Symbol
- An optional monogram or decorative symbol is available on some check designs.
- The area for printing up to 5 lines of your personal information, including name(s), address, and optional information such as your phone number.
- Fractional number which identifies your bank.
- Check Number
- This sequential number, printed in two locations, allows you to keep track of
the checks you write.
- Dollar Box
- Area to write the numeric amount of the check.
- Padlock Icon
- This icon references security features that have been incorporated to help your financial institution detect attempts at fraud. The features are detailed on the back of each check.
- Bank Information
- Your bank's information must be printed on your checks, which may include the bank's name, address, city, state, and zip. Verify this information with your bank.
- Over Signature Area
- This area is designated for an optional personal message. Some check designs incorporate their own message in this area.
- Signature Line
- This is the area where an account owner signs the check to authorize its use.
- Routing Number
- This 9-digit number identifies your bank. The number starts with 0, 1, 2, or 3.
- Account Number
- This checking account number, assigned by your bank, is 4 digits or more.