Filling out a MoneyGram money order is a straightforward process which involves filling in the payee's name, signing it, adding an address for the purchaser, detaching the receipt and retaining the receipt as proof of purchase. It is similar to writing a personal check from a bank account, except that the check is not pre-printed with the purchaser's name and address, and the MoneyGram representative fills in the amount to be paid to the payee.
The name of the person receiving the money is written on the line that says "Pay to the Order of." It must be legible and spelled correctly to ensure that the payee is able to cash it without any complications. It should ideally match the person's legal identification, such as driver's license or passport, exactly as it appears. The person buying the MoneyGram fills in his first and last name in the section that reads "Purchaser Sign Here." The line labeled "Address" is for the mailing address of the purchaser and must include the city, state and zip code. If an account needs to be included, it can be written next to the signature or above the address.
The receipt for the MoneyGram is attached to the back by a perforated strip that is removed to release the stub. This is saved for personal records, to track the status of the money order, and for replacement in case of loss or theft. No changes are allowed once the MoneyGram is filled in completely.