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)?


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. :-) Jun 10 '14 at 13:41
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    @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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