How to Fill Out a Money Order

A money order is a safe, convenient alternative to cash and personal checks. You can get one from many different locations, like Advance America store locations, post offices, and convenience stores, and they’re very easy to fill out. Let’s dive deeper into how to fill out a money order.

What do I need to fill out a money order?

You’ll need the following information to fill out a money order:

  • The name of the recipient
  • The recipient’s address
  • The amount of money you’d like to send
  • Your name and address
  • The purpose of the payment
  • The account or order number
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Steps to fill out a money order

How to fill out a money order

Here are the steps you can take to fill out a money order:

1. Fill in the name of the recipient

You’ll notice a “pay to” or “pay to the order” field on a blank money order. This is where you need to write down the name of the recipient. The recipient may be a person or business who will be authorized to receive the money. Regardless, double check this field after filling it out to make sure you spell their name correctly.

2. Write your address

Write down your address in the field that asks for the purchaser’s address. Include your street number and name as well as your city, state, and zip code. Depending on the issuer, there may be another place to add the address of the recipient.

3. Fill in the account or order number

There will likely be a memo line for you to write down the purpose of the money order. This is where you’ll want to include an account or order number, if the recipient provided you with one.

4. Sign your name

Add your signature in the field that says “Purchaser,” “Purchaser’s Signature,” “Signer,” or “From.” Don’t sign the back of the money order as this area is for the recipient to sign once they receive it.

5. Keep the receipt

Once you fill out a money order and pay for it, keep the receipt. It can help you track the money order’s status and find out when it gets delivered to the recipient. There will likely be a printed code you can use to track your order online or in-person.

Get a money order with Western Union

Western Union offers a safe and reliable way to send money to just about anyone. You won’t need a bank account and can track your order quickly online. Western Union money orders are available at more than 500,000 locations in 200 countries and territories. You can find them at any Advance America store location near you.

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