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My daughter endorsed her check and I tried to cash it for her, but the bank refused. Can the bank do this?

Generally, yes. This check is considered a third-party check because you are not the check's maker or the payee.

A bank sets its own policy whether to accept or reject third-party checks and is not legally required to accept them. For instance, if the bank accepts the check, the bank can require the payee to be present to verify the signature.

Last Reviewed: October 2020

Please note: The terms "bank" and "banks" used in these answers generally refer to national banks, federal savings associations, and federal branches or agencies of foreign banking organizations that are regulated by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC). Find out if the OCC regulates your bank. Information provided on HelpWithMyBank.gov should not be construed as legal advice or a legal opinion of the OCC.

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