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What types of checks do check-cashing services accept?
Check-cashing services accept government checks, employment checks, and money orders. Some also will cash personal checks, although usually they will first call and verify details with the issuing bank.
Can a check be cashed without an ID?
A check cannot be cashed through a service without proper identification. In fact, many places require two forms of ID--at least one with a photo.
How does a check-cashing service work?
Check-cashing service offer quick cash to people who don’t want to or are unable to conduct their business with a bank. They make money on fees, which are assessed based on a combination of factors, including the amount of the check and how risky (i.e., likely to be fraudulent) the check might be. Check-cashing services make a significant effort not to process fraudulent transactions, which is why many will take extra precautions, such as calling the issuing bank to verify funds, and taking a photo of the person cashing the check.
Where can I cash a check?
Check cashing services are offered through a variety of outlets including companies like Western Union, as well as independent businesses such as grocery stores, liquor shops. Banks will also cash paychecks even if you do not have an account with the bank. Walmart is the largest retailer offering check cashing (and other basic banking) services.
What is a check cashing service?
A check cashing service is a licensed money-services company that will cash people’s checks and be compensated with a fee and/or percentage of the check. It offers people a way to access the funds issued to them via checks or money orders without depositing them into a bank account. It is classified as “alternative financial” service because it provides an alternative to a bank.