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My father owns his own business and asked me to print a few checks on the smaller (personal) size check paper? I did not know this was possible, but he assured me that it was. I am confused about how to print MICR line. Do I print it with the check number first (it's a business account) or do I print it at the end (since it's going to be on the smaller check paper)?

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Technically it doesn't matter what size the check is. In fact, it doesn't even have to be written on paper. While writing it on a cow may not always fly, almost any object actually will.

That said, more to the question asked - you can definitely use the smaller "personal"-sized checks for a business account. The larger checks formatted to the "letter" page size: if you cut it into three equal pieces with a tiny bit left for the binder holes - you'll get exactly three check-sized pieces. This is convenient for those printing checks, keeping carbon-copy records etc.

Regarding the MICR line: I just checked my business check book, which is of a smaller "personal" size (that I got for free from the bank) - the check number is at the end.

  • An one would also need MICR ink in printer? or has US moved to OCR? – Dheer Jun 10 '14 at 10:02
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    +1 especially for the reference to Board of Internal Revenue v. Haddock. :-) – Dilip Sarwate Jun 10 '14 at 13:41
  • @Dheer I believe MICR ink is not necessarily required, but is very advised. But I believe the OP already has it since he/she's been printing checks before. – littleadv Jun 10 '14 at 16:04

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