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How to fill out a money order

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If you need a reliable way to send a payment, a money order could be right for you. A money order is a lot like a check, except the order has been paid for in advance and is not linked to a bank account. If you need to make a payment to a loved one, a money order could be a more useful, reliable and convenient way of doing it than sending cash or a check. Many landlords or property managers accept money orders as payment for rent instead of cash or check.

If you’re not sure how to fill out a money order, check out our step-by-step guide below, and you’ll see how easy it is to do.

Step 1. Find your nearest location

We’re located in 32 states across the US, so you are sure to find one nearby. Use our handy store locator to find your nearest Money Services where you can buy your money order. With our friendly service, extended hours and low fees, we’ll help you buy your money order quickly and reliably.

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

To buy a money order, just bring along the cash to cover the amount requested and fee. Money order fees vary but with a Shopper’s Card you may be eligible for a discount. Check your local store for details as fees and limits vary by state.

Step 3. On the money order form, write the payee name

Make sure you have a dark-ink pen to fill out the form. Fill this out immediately after purchase. Write the name of the person or business you’re paying in the ‘PAY TO THE ORDER OF’ box. It’s important you check the spelling and information are correct as you won’t be able to make any changes once you’ve purchased the money order.


Step 4. Fill out your details

Under ‘FROM’, ‘SENDER’, ‘REMITTER’ or ‘PURCHASER,’ fill out your address and full name. Some money orders will only require 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, 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. Keep this money order safe and treat it just 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.


Money orders from Money Services are convenient, reliable and competitively priced. And best of all, you can make them while you shop for groceries at your local store.

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