QB Issue Resolution:

The asterisks that show before and after the amount is a security feature for fraud prevention. For now, removing this is unavailable.

Alternatively, you can pay your employees through direct deposit or hand write the check.

Resolution for Issue 'Banks will not accept payroll checks due printing two asterisks after dollar sign and before numbers. How to eliminate the asterisks?' available: Yes (Solved).
Source: Intuit Community forum.

Banks will not accept payroll checks due printing two asterisks after dollar sign and before numbers. How to eliminate the asterisks?: this issue or error code is a known issue in Quickbooks Online (QBO) and/or Quickbooks. Support for this issue is available either by self-service or paid support options. Experts are available to resolve your Quickbooks issue to ensure minimal downtime and continue running your business. First try to resolve the issue yourself by looking for a resolution described below. If it is a complex issue or you are unable to solve the issue, you may contact us by clicking here or by using other support options.

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