How long is a check really good for?
July 13, 2006 7:52 AM Subscribe
Is an arbitrary "not valid after..." date printed on a check enforceable? I thought checks were good for a year.
posted by rolypolyman to Work & Money (19 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Somehow the policy of when a check "expires" seems to be at the whim of the bank, not whoever the check printer is. I can't picture me printing this on a personal check and it being honored.
Basically I found a business check that is 7 months old, and it "expired" a month ago. I've seen other checks that expire after 9 months and 18 months. I'm trying to figure out whether to mail it in to the bank for depositing or get the business to cut a new check.
(U.S. bank, U.S. check)