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Banks are rejecting MICR checks

My checks that contain the MICR font are being rejected by the bank. What can I do to resolve the issue?




03-22-12     2066 day(s) ago     Views: 6876

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IDAUTOMATION MICR FONTS

IDAutomation MICR fonts and components are created to the required standards (ISO, ANSI and ABA) and specifications.

WHY BANKS REJECT MICR CHECKS?

The printer is the most common reason bank checks are rejected. A printer that produces a small amount of dimension errors will cause the MICR check to fail. A dimension error is when the stroke width is incorrect.

A component of the printer, the toner, is also responsible for many rejections. Toner can produce tiny specks that become stuck on the paper during the printing process. If the toner is not properly bonded to the paper, the MICR ink could smear and put the MICR out of specification. If the toner is too hot, it could ruin the MICR. Using a high quality MICR toner may prevent the extraneous toner problem.

If the issue with the printer cannot be resolved, IDAutomation recommends using the additional fonts included with the package. The fonts come in a variety of widths and intensities including, IDAutomationMICRW1 (wide font).

A MICR placement gauge is highly recommended. A placement gauge is used to verify placement, print intensity and spacing. It should be used as a guide if MICR read problems are encountered.

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SOLUTION

Through extensive research, we have found that the listed problems can cause a check to be rejected by the bank. It is critical that the solutions are investigated as one or more of these issues will be the cause of the check failure.
NOTE: 99% of check failure issues are printer/printer toner related.

1. Verify the correct horizontal and vertical placement of the MICR E13B font symbols and their fields.

2. Verify the quality of MICR toner. MICR ink offers better quality than MICR toner. Therefore, end-user printing on laser printers with the adequate toner has caused an increase of MICR rejections.

3. Character spacing issues.

4. Irregular character, stroke width or other read errors.

5. Printer, paper, toner and drum quality. The toner, either too hot or not hot enough, can also cause errors.

6. When creating custom check forms with Peachtree Complete Accounting, the MICR font cannot be selected.

7. Print Driver Issues

For a detail description of the solutions, please visit:
http://www.idautomation.com/kb/MICR_troubleshooting.html
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ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDATIONS

If the recommendations above do not solve the problem, use a process of elimination to find the issue. For example:

Try another printer model or brand to isolate the problem to the printer.
Try printing to the same printer from another PC that is a different architecture. For example, if you are using a 32 bit PC, try printing from a 64 bit PC. Differences may indicate a printer driver problem.
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MICR FONT STANDARD

Created from ANSI and ISO specifications - IDAutomation's MICR E13B fonts http://www.idautomation.com/micr-fonts/e13b/ were created according to ISO 1004:1995 and meet the ANSI X9.27-1995 specification for MICR E13B. Because they were created from the ISO specification, the fonts meet the E13-B specification for other countries as well; some examples include Australian APCA Pub 3.3 and Canadian Payments Association Standard 006 Specification for MICR-encoded Cheques. These fonts have been in use since 1998 in various check printing software programs and have been proven to pass the ABA banking standards in the USA for bank checks and paper based drafts.



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