How to Void a Check for Direct Deposit

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Looking to set-up direct deposit with a voided check? Learn multiple ways to void a check, and what to avoid.

A woman voiding a check to set-up a direct deposit with her employer.

Get your paycheck directly deposited into your bank account to save yourself some time and hassle. If you’ve never set up direct deposit before, it can be intimidating.

Most employers will ask for a voided check to set up your direct deposit in addition to filling out a form. They ask for this because a check has all the information your employer needs to help ensure your paycheck is deposited in your account. If you don’t already have checks, you can order checks online.

What is a Voided Check?

A voided check is a check with the word “VOID” across it, which indicates that it shouldn’t be used for payment. It’s typically written in large letters, so it cannot be mistaken for cash use. Voiding a check prevents the check from being used by anyone, especially thieves who could write a large sum of money out to themselves. Typically, a voided check is used to get information needed for electronic payments because it includes details such as your routing number, account number, and check number.

How to Write a Void Check

First, it’s important to know that you should never give someone a blank check, especially someone you don’t know. This is because anyone can fill it out and withdraw money from your bank account. A simple rule to remember would be to treat checks like cash. This is why employers ask for a voided check to set up direct deposit, not a blank one.

To void a check for direct deposit, you can:

  • Write VOID in big letters across the entire face of the check
  • Or, write VOID in the:
    • date line
    • payee line
    • amount box
    • amount line
    • signature line

Use a black or blue pen to write void. You want the ink to be permanent. After you void the check, record the voided check number in your checkbook. This will help you remember that the check was voided and you’re not waiting for it to clear your account. If that check number is posted to your account, contact your bank right away. Finally, if you use duplicate checks, make sure your VOID marks are seen on the duplicate, too.

Direct deposit is your ticket to Early Pay

Set up direct deposit for your Huntington Checking account, and you could start receiving your pay early. When we receive your direct deposit information from your employer, we make your pay available to you, up to two days earlyΩΩ.

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How to Get a Void Check for Direct Deposit

If you don’t have paper checks, you can still enjoy the benefits of direct deposit.

  • You can get a voided check by going to your bank and asking a teller to print one
  • Ask your bank if they have instructions on how to set up direct deposit

If your employer doesn’t require a voided check and uses a form instead, you’ll need some information from your bank to complete the form correctly. You’ll need:

  • Your routing number
  • Your bank account number
  • Name of the bank
  • City and state of the bank

Your routing number is specific to your bank. No two banks have the same routing number. Your bank account number is specific to your account. No two accounts at the same bank will have the same account number. The city and state of the bank is not the address of the branch you go to. It’s the city and state of the headquarters of the bank. Depending upon your bank, you can find this information online, on your bank statements, on your checks (if you have them), or you can go to a teller and ask for this information.

If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we’re here to help. For more information, visit a local Huntington branch or contact us at (800) 480-2265.

ΩΩ You may receive a direct deposit up to two days early with Early Pay if 1) you have a checking account with us, 2) a recurring qualifying direct deposit, and 3) provide us a valid email address. It is at our discretion to identify which recurring direct deposits are eligible for Early Pay and it may take up to 90 days to identify those deposits that qualify. We cannot guarantee that you will receive the Early Pay service due to unanticipated circumstances. Early Pay is automatic and there is no fee. You can opt out of the Early Pay service at any time, by contacting a branch or calling our service center at (800) 480-2265 and asking to have Early Pay removed. For more information, please see a Consumer Deposit Account agreement, or contact a branch. Learn more at huntington.com/EarlyPay. Receive recurring qualifying direct deposits up to two days early at no charge. Some direct deposit types are not eligible.

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