A personal check contains the name of the payee, the date the check is written, the amount being paid out in numbers and in words, and the signature of the maker, according to the University of Wisconsin. The maker of the check may include a note for the recipient in the notation section.
A personal check includes the complete month, day and year in the top right corner on the line labeled Date, states the U.S. News and World Report. The maker writes the first and last name of the person or organization he is paying by check on the line labeled Pay to the Order. On the line with the dollar sign, the check should contain the exact dollar amount being paid out, including cents. The maker writes out this amount in full and draws a single line at the end to prevent another person from altering the amount.
The maker may include a note that tells the recipient what the payment is for in the memo section. If the check is for utility payments, the maker may need to include his utility account number in this section, notes the U.S. News and World Report. The check is invalid if it does not contain the signature of the maker.