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Government Checks Expiration Date

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Does a government check have an expiration date, or are they good forever?

U. S. Treasury checks are void after one year, and it says so on the face of the check. If a check is received by the Federal Reserve Bank more than one year from its issue date (the issue month and year are part of the MICR line), the bank checks to see when the check was first endorsed by a bank. If it's more than one year after the issue month and year, the Reserve Bank refuses payment and charges the check back to the bank from where it came.

First published on 8/10/09

First published on 08/10/2009

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