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Cheques. do they have to be cashed before year end?
Is there a time limit to cash cheques

 11:39 am on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I have been rather busy lately & havn't cashed a cheque in months... but with the year end i am getting worried i may have left it too late?

Do cheques have to be cashed before 2006?



 11:44 am on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I think I once read somewhere that you had 90 days to cash them, but I'm not sure.

Anyway, If you don't cash them in before they expire you can ask Google to reissue them, so it's not a big problem.

Marketing Guy

 11:45 am on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Nah. Prior to EFT I went months without cashing a cheque.


 11:47 am on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Can anyone confirm the 90days limit... i think some of mine have gone over this.

I guess its a matter of being lazy... i need to get myself sorted out.


 11:54 am on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

In the UK its 180 days, I'm pretty sure its the same for the US.


 12:00 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I like and use EFT.

But, from memory it should say on the check what the validity period is. From some companies it is 90 days, for others it is 180 days.

But, look at the check and it should tell you the validity period. If not, assume 180 days.

You sound like me, can't handle the old-fashioned paperwork. I suggest you move to EFT ;)


 12:34 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I may be sounding really dumb now... but what is EFT?


 12:38 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Checks is valid within 6 month from the date printed on the check, that is official words from Google but the problem is on the part of the bank. There are banks who dont accept checks that is more than 90 days.

EFT is Electronic Fund Transfer. Its an Adsense payment option wherein your Adsense payment will be deposited directly to your bank account instead of a regular check.


 3:33 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

I've never understood being *too busy* to cash a cheque. How much effort does it take to go to the bank or, better still, an ATM machine? Out of courtesy to the sender, (and because I need the money), I almost always put cheques straight into the bank. Not to sound cheeky, but it must be nice not really needing the money that badly ;-)

Marketing Guy

 3:36 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Not everyone has an ATM or branch nearby! ;) Or if they are like me, then some people are just plain lazy! :p

Also, some banks (at least mine in the UK) charge for cashing cheques (or converting from USD) - but they can wave the multiple charges if you take in a few cheques at a time.


 5:06 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Gee, if you're too lazy, just change your AdSense account and have Google make the checks out to me. I'll cash them for you in a timely manner. Then once a year I'll send you a check, and you can take as long as you like to cash it! :)

Marketing Guy

 5:12 pm on Dec 28, 2005 (gmt 0)

Sure no problem - send me your details - my email address is s.brin@google.com. ;)


 8:13 am on Jan 4, 2006 (gmt 0)

>I've never understood being *too busy* to cash a cheque. How much effort does it take to go to the bank or, better still, an ATM machine?

In principal you are right, in practice you are wrong.

Checks are a "pain in the rear"!

My nearest bank (or ATM) is 30 minute's drive away, that makes the process a 1.5 hour round trip. Generally speaking I could have made more money in the 1.5 hours than it cost to bank the checks........okay, in practice I ask my wife to do it, while she is shopping!

Google checks need to be cashed within 180 days! You will get the money if you achieve that goal! For me it is sometimes a close call, not failed yet though ;)


 7:32 pm on Jan 9, 2006 (gmt 0)

It is more than 180 days, I have held onto a cheque for at least 8 months and no problem.

Now all I have to do is add more digits to the amount.


 10:12 pm on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

Hi all -

EFT is Electronic Funds Transfer. If you live in a country where EFT is available, you can have your earnings deposited directly in your bank account each month, so you'll no longer have to worry about cashing paper checks.

For more information about EFT, including whether or not it's currently available in your country, please visit:


You can also read more about receiving payments in general at:



 10:34 pm on Jan 20, 2006 (gmt 0)

In France a check is valid for one year after the date ..( or one year and 8 days if the check is drawn on a french post office account which is not the case with a google check )...

Posted for non french nationals who may receive their checks while they are here ..:)

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