Step-by-Step Guide to Filling Out a Western Union Money Order

Western Union offers money orders that are a safe alternative to sending cash or checks to your recipient. With over 500,000 locations around the world, Western Union is an established money transfer provider known for its reliability and convenience.

It’s very easy to fill out a Western Union money order. As long as you have all the information needed, you should be able to fill it out in just a few minutes. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to fill out a money order from Western Union.

Step 1: Write the recipient’s name correctly

The “payee,” also known as the “recipient,” is the person or party who will be able to cash or deposit the money order when they receive it. Before filling out the money order, double check with the payee to confirm spelling and the correct party to write it out to. This will help you avoid any potential problems, like the need to cancel the money order or a defaulted payment.

Step 2: Complete the information in the “Sender” field

Most Western Union money orders have a “purchaser’s address” field that needs to be filled out. Be sure to include street address, city or town, and zip code in this field.

If you can’t fit it all on the one line and need to use space below it, be careful that you don’t write over the numbers printed at the bottom of the money order. Those are account and routing numbers that are required for processing.

Step 3: Include account number or other identifiers

Western Union money orders don’t have a field for account number, but you can include it in the address line if you choose (or underneath so it stands out). This is usually a good idea if you’re paying a bill, so there’s no confusion as to which account the payment should be applied to.  

Step 4: Sign the front, not the back

There are two signature fields on a Western Union money order. As the purchaser, you want to sign it on the front, where it says, “purchaser’s signature.” The line on the back is for the recipient to sign when they go to cash or deposit the money order.

Step 5: Keep your receipt

Save your receipt, since you can use it to track your money order and see whether it was cashed by the recipient. You can use the 10-digit Money Transfer Control Number (MTCN) to check the status of your money order online, on the mobile app, over the phone, or in person.

The bottom line

Western Union money orders are a great way to send money safely and securely. And with lots of convenient locations to choose from, like grocery stores and check-cashing stores, you’ll likely find a place to purchase one near you. When you fill out a Western Union money order, make sure to follow the steps above and you should be able to avoid any issues.

Notice: Information provided in this article is for information purposes only. Consult your financial advisor about your financial circumstances.

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