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How to Fill Out a Money Order: A Step-by-Step Guide



How to Fill Out a Money Order: A Step-by-Step Guide

Money orders are a convenient way to pay for goods and services. The recipient of the money order can cash it at a financial institution or use it to pay bills online. When you purchase a money order, there are several things you need to consider: how much money will be required (the face value), where to buy one and what type of personal information is required when filling out the form.

What is a Money Order?

A money order is a type of payment in which you pay for goods, services, or other transactions by filling out an order form and sending it to the bank. The bank then sends a check back to you within five days (sometimes, it can take more). The money order amount will be listed on the receipt and matched against your payment.

Money orders can be used similarly to cash if they are issued in U.S. dollars and are drawn on banks in any state or territory of the United States or the District of Columbia. If you’re unsure whether your bank will accept them, ask before purchasing one. Money orders come with strict expiration dates, so be sure not to lose track of when yours expires. 

When Should You Use a Money Order

You can use a money order to pay bills, pay taxes, pay rent, pay a contractor, pay a utility bill, pay a credit card, to pay a loan or other financial instrument that requires it as part of the process (such as loan payments), and even fines or penalties. You can also use it when you need to deposit money for an account that requires one.

In most cases where you would have used cash previously when paying bills or making deposits, you may now be able to use the convenience of money orders instead. Money orders are safer than carrying around large amounts of cash while traveling; they don’t require any personal information from you, and they’re generally cheaper than sending checks through snail mail because there’s no service charge involved with mailing them out (although some institutions will charge for sending them).

What is the Cost of a Money Order?

The cost of a money order depends on the amount, where you buy it, and where you send it. The cost can also vary depending on who you are sending it to. If you want to save money, there are some strategies you can use, such as buying your money orders in bulk or finding out if your bank offers free money orders.

Information You Need to Fill Out a Money Order

To fill out a money order, you’ll need to provide all required information to enable the proper sending of the money order; the information you will need to fill out include:

The name of the recipient of the money order.

The address of the recipient.

The amount of the money order.

A signature, if applicable; this can be either yours or your recipient’s. You may also be asked to sign as a witness if someone else is paying for your purchase by cashier’s check; this is required by law in many states, so make sure you have an official ID when purchasing any items with cashier’s checks or money orders. 

How to Fill Out a Money Order

How to Fill Out a Money Order

To fill out your money order, you need to follow these steps as listed below and provide all the required information; the strap to follow include:

Find a Place to Buy the Money Order

Once you have decided to fill out a money order, the next step is to find a place to buy it. This can be done by asking your friends or family members where they go when they need to buy a money order. You may also want to check with your local post office or grocery store if they sell them. If no one in your area sells them, look online for businesses that sell them and call those businesses with questions about where they are located and what hours of operation they keep.

The best places for finding this service will likely be banks or post offices because these organizations tend to be open during regular business hours and have extended hours available for customers like yourself who might need assistance purchasing something like this at any given time during every day of each week throughout all year-long seasons throughout any weather conditions. 

Fill Out How Much the Money Order is Worth

Next, you’ll need to determine how much the money order is worth. To do this, double-check that you’ve put the correct amount of currency on one side of the form and the corresponding currency on the other in words. Then make sure it’s exactly right; you don’t want to end up with an overpayment or a shortage. Now write your name and contact information at the top of this section so they know where they can reach you if there are any problems with your payment request.

Fill Out Your Personal Information

Once you have your money order, the first thing to do is fill out all the necessary information. Some of this information includes:

  • Your name and address
  • Your driver’s license number or other ID card number (if applicable)
  • An employer-issued identification number you’re authorized to use when purchasing a money order (if applicable)
  • Your social security number (optional)
  • The date inscribed on your  associated credit/debit card or bank account (this will help prevent fraudulent activity in the future)

Once this information has been entered, it’s time to sign at the end. If someone else is paying for your money order, that person should sign instead of having them write “for” under their signature line.

Include the Recipient’s Name and Address

The recipient’s name and address are crucial components of the money order. Without this information, the recipient won’t be able to claim their funds at their local post office. To fill out your money order correctly, you will need the complete name and address of the person receiving your money order.

This could be you or anyone else with an address where they can receive mail from you. This would include anyone with a valid checking account that accepts electronic payments or direct deposits from companies. 

If there are multiple people sharing one checking account, each person must provide proof of ID for them to be able to access those funds when they arrive at their destination bank branch or clearing center.

Sign the Money Order

Next, you will need to sign the money order. This can be done with either black or blue ink. However, if it is being written with black ink instead of blue, make sure that the person signing the money order has their name printed on it in capital letters and that they can provide identification at the time of signing.

Send the Money Order

Once you’ve completed your money order and it’s been processed, it’s time to send it. In the United States, you can mail a money order in any way: by snail mail or hand-delivery. It will not be considered void until 90 days after being issued, so there’s no rush.

Suppose you’re paying for something with a money order that requires immediate payment (for example, paying for an airline ticket or rental car). In that case, there may be options for expedited shipping that might help you get your item sooner than regular mail would allow. However, this is not always the case when dealing with non-essential items. 

Mistakes to Avoid in Filling Out Money Order

It is essential to fill out a money order correctly, or the recipient may return it. You should avoid several mistakes to ensure that your money order is accepted.

Don’t forget to fill out the amount. The amount of a money order is usually written on its face; however, if this information is not included, you will have to fill it out before presenting the money order for payment.

Don’t forget to include your name and address at the bottom of your check. This information will allow recipients who wish to return their checks for insufficient funds or other reasons to know who they need to contact regarding this matter. If this field remains blank, there may be confusion about where those funds should go once returned by a recipient who does not wish them kept by themselves.

Don’t forget signatures: Failure here could mean delays in processing at banks because signatures must match what was written down on checks/money orders, essentially making sure they’re legit. Hence, no frauds occur while also preventing cancellations due to customer error.

Kevin Afoma Onwuagbanusi is a freelance writer and a graduate of Mechanical Engineering (BEng.) and Masters in Accounting (MSc) with 8+ years of experience writing across several niches, with a remarkable likeness to crypto, and personal finances, automotive, games, and technology.