Write the date on the cheque. In general, you should use today's date. You may also use a post-dated cheque if you want the cheque to be eligible for cashing after a specific date.
Write the name of the payee legibly and correctly. Try to write as close to "Pay to the order of" as possible.
Write amount in words and ensure you have the word "Only" at the end. You may make use of the Number to Words Converter" to convert amount into words.
Input the amount in figures and ensure it is same as the amount in words.
Is it a crossed cheque? Makes two diagonal lines on the top left corner for crossed cheque.
Is it s bearer cheque? If it is not a bearer cheque, cross the word "Bearer".
Sign the cheque. The signature should match with signature record in bank.
Write cheque information on the cheque stub. You should at least write down date, payee name and amount. These information can be used to trace the cheque record and check against with your bank statements.
Double-check the above before presenting the cheque to the payee.