Firstly write Current date of the day near the top right-hand corner. In most cases you’ll use today’s date. You can also postdate the check, but that doesn't always work the way you think it will.on the line that says "Pay to the order of", write the name of the person or organization you’re paying. You may have to ask "Who do I make the check out to?" if you're not sure what to write. Avoid writing checks payable to cash – it’s convenient, but risky. write the amount of your payment in the small box. You should start as far over to the left as possible. If your payment is for $8.15, the "8" should be right up against the left-hand border of the dollar box to prevent fraud. write out the amount using words to avoid fraud and confusion. This will be the official amount of your payment. If that amount is different from the numeric form that you entered in the previous step, the amount you wrote with words will legally be the amount of your check. Use ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, which are harder to alter. sign the check legibly on the line in the bottom-right corner. Use the same name and signature on file at your bank. This is one of the most important steps – a check will not be valid without a signature.After you write the check, make a record of the payment (ideally with a check register, whether electronic or on paper). This prevents you from spending the money twice – the funds will still show as available in your account until after the check is deposited or cashed, and that could take a while. It’s also a good idea to make a note of the payment while it’s fresh in your mind.