Welcome to Check Cashing 247! Here, you’ll find commonly asked questions and helpful answers about check cashing. From personal checks to government checks, we’ve got you covered.
How Does the Check Cashing Process Work?
Although check-cashing is a prevalent means of obtaining cash, not everyone knows how the whole process works. However, in most cases, the process is relatively simple – so simple that it doesn’t always have to be performed at a dedicated bank anymore. Below is a quick rundown of how the check cashing process works – regardless of whether it is done at a bank, check cashing store, or other chain store location.
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Choosing a Check Cashing Location or Option
The first step of the check-cashing process will involve deciding where you will convert your check into cash. This will determine whether you must make a qualifying purchase beforehand to obtain your money. When cashing checks at dedicated check cashing centers or banks, you will not have to make a purchase beforehand. However, if you need to cash checks elsewhere, such as at various store locations, you may need to purchase a few items before your check can be processed.
Scrutinize your Check Before Cashing
Before attempting to cash any checks, you need to ensure that all parts are fully legible and that they have been made out in the same name as that displayed on the form of identification you intend to use. This will help ensure the cashing process goes as quickly and conveniently. If any parts of your check are illegible or your name has not been printed or written correctly, it may have to be returned to the issuing bank, canceled, and reissued correctly.
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Presenting Your Check to be Cashed
Once you’ve decided where to get your check cashed, you’ll need to ensure that you have it with you to get your cash. You will then need to present it to the cashier or clerk so that they can determine whether they can cash it or not. If you use a Vcom unit at one of the many 7-Eleven locations around the country, you must insert the check into the unit and enter the required information simultaneously. Once the cashier or clerk is satisfied that your check is valid, they will request identification from you, and after confirming your ID, they will present you with the cash value of your check – minus any fees that may be charged for the service.
Be Aware of Check Processing Fees
When cashing your checks, you need to be aware that various processing fees will apply, which tend to vary depending on where you are cashing your check. While some places may only charge a dollar or two to process and cash your check, other locations – and even some stores – will charge a percentage of the face value of the check as a processing fee. This can be expensive, especially if you are cashing a salary check, tax rebate, or insurance check. On average, stores will charge anywhere between 1% and 5% of the face value of your check to process and cash it for you.
In-Store Conditions May Apply
If you intend to cash your check at a franchise store location, knowing that some terms and conditions may apply is essential. For example, some locations require you to purchase in-store, while others may state that they only cash checks up to a predetermined value. During some times of the year, for instance, Walmart stipulates that they only cash checks of up to $5,000, while at other times of the year, they are willing to cash checks of up to $7,500 in value. Some check-cashing locations may also stipulate that they can only cash checks during certain times of the day.
Regardless of where you decide to check to cash, you must always ensure that you are aware of your surroundings. This will help you remain as safe as possible. Avoid carrying large sums of money around for prolonged periods as well, as this could cause you to become a potential target for theft.