A. Check to see that the date is accurate.

This eliminates the possibility of receiving a postdated check.

B. Good Identification is essential to make a criminal case.

You MUST see a Driver's License or Texas Identification card.

  1. Ask if the current address and phone number is printed on the check.
  2. Record date of birth and driver's license or I.D.number on the check even if the number is printed on the face of the check.
  3. Compare signatures.
  4. Compare the photograph on the license or I.D. with the person passing the check.
  5. Request place of employment and phone number.
  6. Write your name or initials on the check as the receiver (to file a criminal complaint a witness is required).
  7. You many want to see a credit card or Social Security card in order to establish identity.
  8. On checks for large amounts, excuse yourself and contact the bank to determine the status of the account.
  9. When accepting a check that also involves a security deposit, late charge, etc., request two separate checks.

Be Cautious When:

  1. Check is from an out-of-state bank.
  2. Passer has a different ID than the one listed on the check.
  3. Statements by the passer that the check is not good.
  4. Checks not delivered in person.
  5. Checks given by minors on their parent's account.
  6. Spouse passing a check on the spouses account.
  7. Checks that are numbered in the low 100's.