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How to Stop Payment of Cheque

Stop Payment of Cheque

Last Updated 19th Jan 2022

  • The Stop payment for the Cheque is a formal request to cancel a payment for Cheque before it has been processed.
  • There are many reasons a stop payment for Cheque might be requested, including insufficient balance in the bank account, or when the Cheque is lost or misplaced.
  • You can request to stop cheque payment through online and offline processes such as internet/mobile banking, calling a customer care executive & visiting the bank branch.
  • Placing the request to stop payment of Cheque often costs the bank account holder a fee for the service.
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Reasons to Stop Payment of Cheque

Stop payment of Cheque is a formal request placed by a person who has issued a cheque to cancel the payment that has not been processed by the recipient. There are various reasons to stop payment of Cheque which are mentioned in the paragraph below:

  • If the Cheque is lost or misplaced
  • If the issued Cheque bears any written mistake
  • If the account holder issues the Cheque for a product/service and has received faulty product/ service.

To make such request to stop payment of cheque account holders can use any of the mode mentioned below:

  • Online request to the bank
  • Contact bank through customer service helpline number
  • Personally visit the branch office and submit a written request

Online Method to Stop Cheque Payment

Most of the financial institutions provide an online facility to stop cheque payment, and the request for the same can be made through the steps mentioned below:

  • Login to NetBanking account using your NetBanking ID and Password.
  • Now click on the Stop Payment of Cheque option under the Request menu on the page's left-hand side.
  • Select the account number in case of multiple accounts.
  • Enter your cheque number, the reason for stopping the payment.
  • Verify and click on the Confirm tab to complete the request.

Offline Method to Stop Cheque Payments by Visiting the Bank

You also have an option to visit the bank branch office personally. To place a request through this mode, you must submit a written request for the particular Cheque by mentioning the following details:

  • Date of issuing the Cheque
  • Recipient name
  • Cheque number
  • Amount to be debited through Cheque
  • Details of the account holder

Customer Helpline Numbers Service to Stop Payment of Cheque

You can also request to stop payment of Cheque through the helpline numbers of the respective bank. Here are simple steps to do the same:

  • Place a call to the toll-free number and register a request to stop payment of the Cheque.
  • The customer service executive would then guide you about the process of stopping payment of the Cheque.
  • They would ask you to provide details such as account number, Name, Date of Birth, etc.

What are the legal issues to stop payment of Cheque?

You can request to stop payment of Cheque only under the circumstances as mentioned in the above sections. However, the recipient may sue the account holder for stopping the payment of Cheque on account of breach of contract for making the payment for a product or a service on a specified date. Thus, the account holder must inform the recipient before placing a request for stopping payment with the bank. They may also make payment through any other mode.

Stop Cheque Payment Letter Format

In case you place a request to the financial institution offline, you have to submit the stop cheque payment letter and include the following information in stop cheque payment letter:

  • Name of the recipient the Cheque is in favour.
  • Date of issuance of the Cheque.
  • Amount of the Cheque.
  • Cheque number.

If the organisation issues the stop cheque payment letter, it should be printed with the company letterhead or logo. Along with that, the organisations must also affix their seal on to the letter for identification.

The Manager:
Name of the bank:
Name of the branch:
Address of the branch:

Subject: Request to stop payment of cheque(s)
Dear Sir/Ma'am,

This letter has been written to place a request to stop payment of the Cheque bearing number-………., dated-……….. The Cheque is issued in favour of (name of cheque holder)………., for the sum of (amount)……... As the Cheque is( Reason for stopping payment), kindly stop the payment with immediate effect.

Also, please inform upon receipt and dishonour of the Cheque when presented, at the earliest.

Thanking You
Name of the account holder
(Signature of account holder)


Can I stop Cheque payment online?

Yes, the account holders can request cheque payment online through the internet banking/mobile banking account.

Is it okay to stop an issued cheque?

The account holder can request to stop payment for Cheque before the Cheque is processed in the following circumstances:

  • Has received damaged product/service against the issued Cheque
  • A cheque is lost or misplaced
  • Issued Cheque bears any written mistake

Are there any charges for stop payment of Cheque?

Every bank has its own set of charges' slab for stop payment of Cheque depending upon the cheque bears' amount.

Is it a criminal offence to stop a cheque payment?

No, the account holder can request the bank to stop a cheque payment if the Cheque is lost/stolen or have received the damaged products/service. However, in ordinary circumstances stopping a cheque payment may invite legal issues from the recipient's side.

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