Purchases by Check

When a customer pays for a purchase by personal check, the Georgia Fair Business Practices Act (O.C.G.A. Section 10-1-393.3) specifies the information a business may collect for identification.

You may not imprint or copy the consumer’s credit or debit card number as a condition of purchase by check.  However, you may:

  • Request a driver’s license number.
  • Ask to see a credit or debit card as a form of identification.
  • Record the type of credit card and expiration date on the check.
  • Record a credit card number and expiration date, if the credit card company has agreed to guarantee checks as a special service to its cardholders.
  • Record an address and telephone number.