What is the Validity Period of Cheque?

By Shubhra Anand Jain|Updated : June 28th, 2022

The validity period of a cheque is 3 months from the date of issue. Earlier, it used to be 6 months but with effect from 1 April 2012, the validity period of cheques has been revised to 3 months. To know more about what is validity period of cheque, and other banking instruments, keep reading. 

What is the Validity Period of the Cheque?

The RBI issued a fresh guideline to revise the period of validity of certain banking instruments from 6 to 3 months. From 1 April 2012 onwards, the validity period of cheques, demand drafts, banker’s cheques, and pay orders changed to 3 months from the issued date.

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  • The validity period of a cheque is 3 months. According to the guidelines issued by the RBI, the validity period of a cheque changed from 6 months to 3 months, starting from 1 April 2012. 

  • The cheque validity period refers to a time period between which the cheque is considered a valid instrument of transaction. Beyond this set period of time, the cheque will be considered invalid. The validity period of a cheque is 3 months, from the date of issue. 

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