Are cheque printer machines really dead? Here’s how to print cheques

Regular printers are perfectly capable of printing cheques, there really is no need for business owners to own a special cheque printing machine. However, if you want to print professional looking cheques then there are a few things you should be clear about first.

First of all, you may ask why you would bother printing cheques instead of writing them out by hand?

Printing your cheques can save you both time and money, as well as ensuring you have a customised cheque on-hand whenever you need one.

But before you start printing cheques you will need several things first.

  • Cheque printing software so that you can format the cheque correctly
  • Magnetic Ink Character Recognition (MICR) fonts. These are the characters that appear at the bottom of cheques or financial documents
  • Magnetic ink. This is not always necessary but can save you costs later down the line. A counterfeit cheque that has been photocopied will not respond to magnetic fields
  • Cheque stock paper with special security features

Next, you should know your options. Do you want to print your cheques from scratch or do you want to order cheques that have been partly pre-printed by a professional printer?

If you want to start from scratch, this requires both time and patience. Often the formatting can be tricky and requires a few rounds of printing before you get it just right, potentially resulting in paper waste.

You will also need to purchase magnetic ink which can be difficult to find in office supply stores and costs substantially more than regular ink.

Of course, the easiest and cheapest solution is to work with a professional printer who can take care of your cheque printing for you. By outsourcing the bulk of your cheque printing requirements there is little left for you to do yourself, and you don’t have to worry about buying software, magnetic inks or purchasing the cheque stock paper yourself.

As one of the UK’s leading supplier of cheques, Hague can offer you the most secure cheque printing solutions on the market. All of our cheques meet strict UK Cheque and Credit Clearing Company (C&CCC) standards, and can be customised to fit your existing corporate branding.

Furthermore, our end-to-end cheque printing service includes all your cheque printing requirements from inception and design through to the final cheque clearing. Fill in our online enquiry form and a member of our team will contact you to discuss our cheque printing solutions.