6 Gas Stations That Take Checks Listed (+ Those That Don’t)

Do gas stations take checks? Some do. We investigated the biggest gas station chains to find out whether checks are accepted as payment.

If you’re also interested in paying by check at stores other than gas stations, such as restaurants, grocery stores, department stores, and more, check out our list of stores that accept checks as payment.

Gas Stations That Take Checks

These are the gas stations that take checks. Though after extensive research, we could only find one gas station that definitively accepts checks as a company wide policy, and two more that often accept checks but don’t necessarily accept checks at every single location, or have restrictions on the checks that are accepted.

7-Eleven

  • Accepts Checks? We called a number of 7-Eleven stores with gas stations. Some did not accept checks at all, while others accepted certain types of checks. Please contact your local 7-Eleven to find out which, if any, checks are accepted at that location.
  • Find a 7-Eleven

Citgo

  • Accepts Checks? We called a number of Citgo stations and found that while some locations don’t accept checks at all, others accepted local checks, and some accept any personal checks. Please contact your local Citgo location to find out if checks are accepted forms of payment at your location.
  • Find a Citgo

Meijer

  • Accepts Checks? Yes. Personal checks can be used for payment and may be written up to $5 over the purchase amount at the gas station.
  • Find a Meijer

Kwik Trip

  • Accepts Checks? A Kwik Trip representative informed us that local checks are generally accepted as a form of payment. Contact your local Kwik Trip for more details about the policy at that location.
  • Find a Kwik Trip

TA-Petro

  • Accepts Checks? We contacted a number of TA-Petro locations and found that most do not accept checks, but some will for diesel fuel purchases. Please contact your local TA-Petro to find out if checks are accepted there and for what types of purchases.
  • Find a TA

Sunoco

  • Accepts Checks? According to Sunoco’s corporate office, it’s up to each individual location to determine its check policy. We called several locations and found many that did not accept checks, but some that did. Please contact your local Sunoco to find out whether checks are accepted at that particular location.
  • Find a Sunoco

Gas Stations That May Take Checks

We’ve called every gas station that did not have an official policy on the company website stating whether checks were accepted. In many cases, there’s no uniform company policy on accepting checks, and it’s up to the individual gas station to decide whether checks are an acceptable form of payment.

To avoid confusion and frustration, we recommend that you call ahead before visiting any of the following gas stations intending to pay by check. Oftentimes a gas station will post ‘No checks accepted’ on the storefront or at the pumps if that’s the policy — however, don’t assume that checks are accepted if you don’t see a sign! It’s always better to find out ahead of time, before filling your car up with gas, than to later discover you have no way to pay for it. The location finders we’ve provided for each brand can help you find the contact information and phone number for your local gas station.

Exxon Mobil

  • Accepts Checks? We contacted the corporate office for Exxon Mobil and learned that each Exxon Mobil gas station is individually owned and operated, so policies will vary at each location.
  • Find an Exxon Mobil

Shell

  • Accepts Checks? We called the corporate office and found that each store sets is own policies about accepting checks. Based on the representative’s advice, it’s uncommon, but not impossible, to find a Shell that accepts checks.
  • Find a Shell

Gas Stations That Don’t Take Checks

  • 76
  • Chevron
  • Costco
  • Kum & Go
  • Sam’s Club
  • Stop & Shop
  • Texaco

In Summary

Do gas stations take checks? Gas stations rarely take checks. In fact, the only one that we could find that definitely accepts check as standard policy is Meijer’s gas stations. Citgo, Sunoco, 7-Eleven and others accepts checks at some, but not all, of the company’s locations. Other gas stations, like Costco and Kum & Go, have explicitly stated that checks are not accepted.

8 comments

  • I’ve found that Murphy gas stations (the ones near me are always the ones attached to Walmart) still accept checks.

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi Ryan,

      I apologize for this omission in the article — you’re right that Kwik Trip generally accepts local checks. I reached out to Kwik Trip customer support and confirmed this information. I’ve updated the article accordingly. Thank you for bringing this to our attention!

  • we went to a Gulf Station recently and they did not accept the check but they would give us $20 worth of gas and hold cell phone as collateral until we return with a card

    • Hillary M. Miller says:
      First Quarter Finance logostaff

      Hi Adam,

      It definitely seems to be the norm that most gas stations are moving away from accepting paper checks these days. But I’m glad to hear you were able to get your situation taken care of. Thanks for writing in to share your experience!