4 Min Read | July 1, 2022

How Can I Get a Cashier’s Check?

If you need a cashier’s check, where do you start? Here’s the lowdown on where to get a cashier’s check, what it costs, what information you need to provide, and more.

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You can get cashier’s checks at banks and credit unions, usually one where you already have an account.

It’s good to be prepared with your identification, double-checked information for the person or business you’re paying, and the amount of the check.

You’ll likely pay a fee.

Chances are, if you’re about to make a large purchase or other significant financial transaction, you may be asked to pay for part or all of it using a cashier’s check, rather than a personal check from your own bank account. Cashier’s checks are generally considered more secure than cash and a better guarantee of valid payment than a personal check because cashier’s checks are drawn on the bank’s funds, not your personal funds. But how do you go about getting a cashier’s check?


First, it helps to understand why you might need a cashier’s check in the first place: Businesses often prefer cashier’s checks for large transactions, particularly when it’s a person making the payment rather than another business. The reason is that, unlike a personal or certified check, a cashier’s check is drawn on the bank’s own funds, not the funds of the payer (the individual writing the check). For more about cashier’s checks in general, read “What Is a Cashier’s Check?

Where Can You Get a Cashier’s Check?

Cashier’s checks are issued by banks and credit unions. Typically, you would get a cashier’s check at a bank where you already have an account, like a checking or savings account. The bank uses money from your account to fund the cashier’s check. Any teller at the bank should be able to assist you with obtaining a cashier’s check; you probably won’t need to see anyone more senior, such as a personal banker, unless there are special circumstances, like requests for unusually large amounts of money.


Theoretically, a person should be able to walk into any bank or credit union to purchase a cashier’s check as long as they can provide funds for the check (e.g., cash or a transfer from their account). However, some banks offer these services only to customers, so it’s a good idea to call ahead to confirm whether the service is available.


Some banks will let existing customers purchase cashier’s checks over the phone or online. In such cases, your bank would handle the transfer of funds from your bank account and send you the cashier’s check by mail. This process obviously takes longer than going to the bank in person, so if you want to purchase a cashier’s check online or via phone, make sure to allow a few extra business days for processing and shipment.

What Info Is Needed to Get a Cashier’s Check?

Taking out a cashier’s check is similar to making a cash withdrawal of money from your bank account to pay a specific person or business. Here’s what you usually need to bring when going to your bank to get a cashier’s check:


  • Government issued photo ID: The bank will require this to pull money from your account to create the cashier’s check, just as they would for a cash withdrawal from that account.
  • Your bank account number: Your bank might be able to pull up this information based on your name, but it helps to have your bank account number ready so you can easily identify which account to access to fund the cashier’s check. This is especially important if you have more than one account at your bank.
  • Name of the payee: This sounds straightforward enough, but for businesses, you want to have the full business name spelled correctly, including any abbreviations and designations like “Inc.” or “LLC.” The payee may not accept the cashier’s check if it doesn’t match their formal business name exactly.
  • The amount: This should also be exact, so double-checking is a good idea. You probably don’t want to go through the effort of getting a cashier’s check and delivering it to the payee only to have to start over again because of an incorrect payment amount.

Do Cashier’s Checks Have Fees?

Banks typically charge a fee for issuing cashier’s checks, even for their own customers. The exact amount varies by bank, but it’s typically in the range of $8 to $10.1 Banks usually take the fee from the same account that’s funding the cashier’s check. In other words, if your bank charges a $10 fee for cashier’s checks, and you need to take out a cashier’s check for $1,500, your bank will withdraw $1,510 from the account you specify.

Don’t Forget to Get a Receipt

It’s a good practice to ask your bank for a receipt for cashier’s checks they issue for you. This can come in handy if the check gets lost, for example.

The Takeaway

Even in the age of electronic payments, many individuals and businesses prefer large payments via cashier’s check. It’s therefore important to know how to get a cashier’s check: what information you need to bring with you and what kinds of fees to expect, as well as where to get a cashier’s check in the first place. Banks and credit unions can provide this service in person, and many offer the service online or via phone.

Justin Grensing

Justin Grensing is a freelance writer, MBA, and attorney who covers topics ranging from finance, marketing, human resources, and legal/compliance to general business topics.


All Credit Intel content is written by freelance authors and commissioned and paid for by American Express. 

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