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What does it mean for a check to be indorsed "for deposit only"?

If you write “for deposit only” on the back of a check made out to you and then sign your name, the check can only be deposited in your account.

This is called a “restrictive indorsement,” and it should prevent you or any other person from cashing the check. If you receive a check that was made out to someone else and that person endorsed it “for deposit only,” you should not be able to cash it.

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