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Address limitations for Check 21 wallet checks

Many U.S. financial institutions require the physical format and layout of your checks to conform to industry processing and imaging standards, as a result of recent Check 21 (Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act) legislation.

One of these changes requires that for Check 21 wallet checks, the payee's address section on your printed checks can't exceed three lines. (This section includes the payee's name, street, and any other mailing information that is meant to appear in the envelope window.)

Note: If you need to use addresses on printed checks that are more than three lines, consider switching to either Voucher or Standard checks which can have up to five address lines.

Resolving the message, "QuickBooks has stopped printing your checks because a check with an address of more than 3 lines has been detected."

QuickBooks automatically stops printing when a check is detected with more than three lines in the payee's address section. This is to prevent wasted checks and reprints or having your checks returned by your financial institution for alignment and formatting issues.

The following sections provide steps for resolving the address-problem check, and either printing it alone or printing it and any sequential checks that remain.

Note: For checks that printed before the address-problem check was detected – You may use the "Did check(s) print OK?" window for these checks as you normally would if you need any reprints. Also note that the problem check and all unprinted checks following it will remain in your list of checks to be printed.

Resolving and printing the address-problem check only

  1. In the payee address section of your check, edit the address to no more than three lines.

    Note: Try removing text that is not critical to the check mail delivery, and/or possibly combining two lines into one.

  2. Click Print and assign a check number as you normally would.

  3. When the message appears that you have changed the address for the payee:

    • Click Yes – if you would like to permanently save the address change.

    • Click No – to retain the change for this check printing only.

  4. Continue printing the check process as you normally would.

Resolving the problem check, printing it and all remaining checks

  1. Verify that any checks that previously printed are correct. If necessary, use the "Did check(s) print OK?" process to reprint any checks before printing was stopped.

  2. Open the Select Checks to Print window. (Go to the File menu, select Print Forms, and then click Checks.)

  3. Make a note of the payee and amount for the check with the problem address.

    • If you did not enter a check number to reprint a check(s) – the first check listed in this window is the check with the problem address.

    • If you did enter a check number to reprint a check(s) – the first check is that reprinted check (or the last reprinted check), and then the address-problem check follows.

  4. Open the Write Checks window. (Go to the Banking menu and choose Write Checks.)

  5. Click Previous until you get to the check with the problem address.

  6. In the payee address section of your check, edit the address to no more than three lines.

    Note: Try removing text that is not critical to the mail delivery of your check, and/or possibly combining two lines into one.

  7. Click Next.

  8. When the message appears that you have changed the address for the payee:

    • Click Yes – if you would like to permanently save the address change.

    • Click No – to retain the change for this check printing only.

  9. Continue clicking Next if there are other checks needing address editing.

  10. When you are ready to print all your remaining checks, print them as you normally would.

See also

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