What are the major changes that come with the shift to CICS?

  • With the implementation of the CICS, checks will have the following features as prescribed by the PCHC
  • Standardized length of 8 inches for both Corporate/Government and Private/Individual checks
  • A waiver that states I/We allow the electronic clearing of this check and hereby waive the presentation for payment of this original to (Drawee Bank)
  • Embedded mandatory security features
  • Checks with old features will only be accepted until JUNE 30, 2017, except for post-dated checks warehoused by the presenting banks until December 31, 2016.
  • Any check with missing information or alteration will no longer be eligible or acceptable for clearing, even if countersigned
  • The use of a check writer to affix the amount in the “amount in figures” line is no longer allowed unless the amount in words is written below it.