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Guide to Check Printing



Check Printing


Find out more about Check Printing

As a result of the increases in the cost of check printing made by the banks in the 1970’s and 1980’s, check printing has become big business in the United States. For consumers and businesses alike, there is now a wide choice of places to get your checks printed and if it is financially viable, you can even print them yourself on a PC providing you have the software and an MICR toner for your printer.

The information on this site is designed to help you make right choice for your needs. We have tried to give information which is relevant to as many people as possible so you might find that we have not been specific enough to answer all your questions, but we hope that the information on this site will be of help to you. There are specific pages about check printing companies, check printing software, personal check printing and MICR check printing. If you are thinking about printing your own checks, it is vital that you know about MICR check printing.

MICR, or Magnetic Ink Character Recognition is the format that all checks must be printed in if they are to be read by the bank’s computer systems. If you use different ink or fonts, then your check will be void and you will probably be charged for wasted processing time. Whether you are new to check printing or not, it is important that you familiarize yourself with the terms of Check 21 (Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act) which is effective 28 October 2004 after being passed the previous year. Essentially this is an act designed for banks to speed up processing times by turning check processing into an electronic process. Previously, checks had to be delivered to the bank from which the money was to be taken, which obviously takes much more time than sending the information electronically.

Check printing software for companies is much more expensive than for individuals. Therefore, check printing companies could prove to be essential for many smaller businesses who cannot justify the costs spending large sums of money on check printing equipment. Our page on check printing companies has mentioned in detail some of the leaders in this field, although there are many more alternatives. If these companies can’t offer what you are looking for, the chances are that you will be able to find another company who will. Also, we have tried to focus on their services rather than their costs, as costs vary so much depending on what you are ordering and the quantity you are ordering it in. Your own business’s needs are specific and we hope that the information we have given helps to address your needs.