Having a checking account is a great way of keeping an eye on your money and limiting your spending to whatever you have available, but it isn’t always easy to find inexpensive checks to your liking. Novelty designs are pretty cool and definitely make the desired impression on cashiers and friends, but your bank will probably want to charge you an arm and leg to get that Orange County Choppers decal on your documents.
Some banks prohibit the use of outside vendors due to security concerns and the potential that customers will stop using their services entirely for printing. You should check the policy of your bank in regards to ordering third party products, because it will end up being a waste of money if you have something delivered only to find out there is absolutely nothing you can do besides look at it.
If you are sure that it will be permitted with your branch, start doing some internet searches to see what your immediate options will be. A lot of websites actually offer users the option to not only design a check using an intuitive interface, but also to print it out at home. This usually requires a special type of paper, and again, some banks may allow third-parities, but not home printing.
Call up and speak to a representative at both the printing company and the bank to make sure you are not doing anything illegal. It is surprisingly easy to enter into the gray zone with these matters, so it is better to play it safe.