There’s nothing wrong with post-dating a check and asking the person you owe money to hold off on cashing it.People do this all the time, and it's not against the law.The Answer: My first question for you: Why do you want to close it so badly?
Many people post-date checks for everything from car payments to rent, and they think they’re safe because the bank can’t cash the check before the date written on it, right? If you try this ploy you could end up with an overdrawn checking account, an angry payee and a ding to your credit.
The Question: I recently sent in my rent check early, as I usually do, with the date on the check reading Sept. The check was cashed by my landlord at his bank (Dollar Bank), and my own bank (Key) on Aug. There would have been enough money in there by Sept. One section, Article 4, 4/401(c), says: "A bank may charge against the account of a customer a check that is otherwise properly payable from the account, even though payment was made before the date of the check, unless the customer has given notice [such as stop payment] to the bank of the postdating." As far as whether it's illegal to postdate a check, it's not.
The rent check of 5 cleared, but wiped out my balance, which was supposed to cover other checks and ATM withdrawals. The Answer: This is an important lesson for people, and a potentially expensive one for you: It doesn't matter what date is on a check -- it can still be cashed. She noted that such matters are governed by the Uniform Commercial Code, which concerns general business practices.
You should do it as soon as possible to allow the bank time to process the instructions.
You should also describe the check to the bank with “reasonable certainty.” In other words, provide the check number, date, amount, and name of payee.