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Magento 2 Status Processing for Check / Money Order Payments

In Magento 2 you can use the admin option New Order Status within Stores -> Configuration -> Sales -> Payment Methods. Unfortunately it is not possible to change the status to Processing for Offline Payment Methods such as Check / Money order with the code name checkmo. By default you are stuck with Pending but this can be fixed using the code in this article.

An illustration screenshot from the selection page:

Magento 2 checkmo no processing status

To add Processing to this dropdown selection. Add code below to the file app/code/YOUR-VENDOR/YOUR-MODULE/etc/adminhtml/system.xml

<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:module:Magento_Config:etc/system_file.xsd">
        <section id="payment">
            <group id="checkmo">
                <field id="order_status" translate="label" type="select" sortOrder="20" showInDefault="1" showInWebsite="1" showInStore="0" canRestore="1">

Also include:


<?xml version="1.0"?>
<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:framework:Module/etc/module.xsd">
    <module name="YOUR-VENDOR_YOUR-MODULE" setup_version="0.0.1">
            <module name="Magento_OfflinePayments"/>


<?php \Magento\Framework\Component\ComponentRegistrar::register(
\Magento\Framework\Component\ComponentRegistrar::MODULE, 'YOUR-VENDOR_YOUR-MODULE',

Change YOUR-VENDOR and YOUR-MODULE names in the code and file paths. For example: app/code/Greatcompany/Custom.

Enable the module using the magento binary:

magento module:enable YOUR-VENDOR_YOUR-MODULE
magento setup:upgrade

Unfortunately after selecting Processing as the new order status, the status was still not working in my situation. The above change doesn’t seem to be used by further code and is only visual.

I use the following additional code to force the status:


<?xml version="1.0"?>
 * Copyright © Magento, Inc. All rights reserved.
 * See COPYING.txt for license details.
<config xmlns:xsi="" xsi:noNamespaceSchemaLocation="urn:magento:module:Magento_Store:etc/config.xsd">
                <title>Check / Money order</title>

This fixed it for the Magento 2 instance I am running. Make sure to clear your cache when testing.

Hope this helps your situation!

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