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How to fill out a money order: Everything you need to know

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Step 1. Find your nearest location

With more than 2,100 locations across 35 states, you’re never far from a Money Services location. Located within the Kroger Family of Stores, Money Services makes managing your money easy – you can purchase money orders the next time you’re picking up groceries. Plus we’re open on evenings and weekends to fit our schedule. Want to find the nearest Money Services near you? Use our handy store locator to get started now.

Step 2. Bring ID and cash to cover the money order and fee

To purchase a money order, you’ll need to bring the funds in cash or debit to cover the amount of the money order plus the fee. The fee you pay varies by state, but if you have a Shopper’s Card, you might be eligible for a discount on filling out a money order with us. You’ll also need some ID to prove who you are too, like a driver’s license.

Step 3. On the money order form, write the name of the person you want to pay

As soon as you’ve paid for your money order, fill out the name of the person or company you want to pay in the ‘PAY TO THE ORDER OF’ box. You should use black or dark blue ink. Ensure you check the spelling of important details as you are adding them to the money order as you can’t change them later, and filling a money order out wrong might mean delays to payments.


Step 4. Fill out your details

Under ‘FROM’, ‘SENDER’, ‘REMITTER’ or ‘PURCHASER,’ fill out your address and full name. Some money orders will only need your name. At this point, it’s a good idea to make a note of the location your money order was made in case you ever lose the receipt.

Step 5. Sign and deliver your money order

Sign the front of the money order, but don’t fill in the back – this is where the person receiving the money (the payee) will sign. Some money order forms have a section for a note about what the payment is for (like ‘rent payment’ or ‘birthday gift’), so fill that out before checking everything over to make sure it’s 100% accurate.

Step 6. Keep your receipt

Your money order will have a detachable receipt. Keep this as proof of payment. If you’ve received a money order, you need to keep it safe and treat it like cash. If you’ve lost your money order or think it may have been stolen, you will need to contact Western Union® for help. You can call them at 1-800-999-9660 and they will walk you through the process, or visit their website for more information.


How to fill out a money order: Frequently asked questions

Why should I fill out a money order?

Money orders work just like a check but are more secure and you don’t need a checking account to buy one. Plus payment is instant so there’s no waiting or the payee to take their money.

Want to know more about the benefits of using them, or more about how to send a money order? Read our simple guide now.

How to fill out a money order for rent

Lots of landlords will accept money orders for rent payments. Make sure you ask for their name or business name and their full address, then purchase a money order.

Do you sign the back of a money order?

No, all your details go on the front of the money order – the back is for the person receiving the money order to fill out. So, if you’re wondering who fills in the back of a money order, it’s the payee.

Is there a limit to how much I can fill out a money order for?

Our money orders do not come in values greater than $1,000, but for larger purchases more than one money order can be purchased.

Money orders from Money Services are easy to purchase, safe to send, and with competitive fees, to give you a great deal. And best of all, you can get one next time you pick up groceries at your local store.


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