Check fund available

Where you bank is a big factor when it comes to how long you must wait for a check to clear. MyBankTracker took a peek at the most recent account agreements from all the nation’s biggest banks which indicate it is policy to make funds from all check deposits available on the first business day after the deposit is received. From firsthand experiences, you’ll know that it isn’t always the case. The reality is that it is very hard to determine exactly when a check will clear fully.

When you deposit checks through a bank teller, the teller can immediately tell you how long the bank will place a hold on your check deposit.

But, while you wait for check funds to clear, each of the banks makes an effort to provide at least some access to the check funds. This courtesy is part of each bank’s “fund availability policy.”

Funds availability policy of the top 10 banks

BankWhen funds become available (UPDATED 7/8/15):
Bank of AmericaThe first $200 of the check amount is available for cash withdrawal no later than one business day after the deposit.
Wells FargoThe first $200 of your deposit is available on the first or second business day after the deposit.
ChaseAt least the first $200 of the check deposit will be available on the first business day after the day of your deposit.
CitibankThe first $200 of your total deposits will be available immediately on the business day of the deposit. Deposits of $5,000 or less usually clear within 3 business days. Deposits of more than $5,000 usually take 4 business days to clear.
U.S. BankThe first $200 of the total check deposits will be available no later than the first business day after the deposit, usually available immediately.
Capital OneThe first $200 of your deposit will be available on the first business day.
PNC BankThe first $100 is available on the evening of the day of the deposit. An additional $100 is available on the first business day after the day of the deposit.
TD BankThe first $100 is available on on the same day of the deposit. An additional $100 becomes available no later than the first business day after your deposit.
BB&TThe first $200 of your deposit may be available on the first business day after the day of your deposit.
SunTrustThe first $200 of each day’s total deposits will be available on the first business day after the day of the deposit. Additionally, up to $400 of a deposit of local checks is available at 5pm and after on the 2nd business day after the deposit. The remaining funds of the deposit of local checks will be available on the 3rd business day following the deposit.

Note:

  • Business days include Monday through Friday, excluding holidays.
  • Some banks reward long-time customers for their loyal support. Citibank, for instance, allows for an increased same-day deposit availability depending on the age of the account, as noted by a representative by the name of Tejay via live chat, who wrote, “The same-day deposit availability increases as the accounts get older and with good banking relationship of the client.”
  • New accounts are subject to different regulations. It takes many banks an additional day for checks to clear if an account where the funds are being deposited is less than 30 days old.

As you can see, check clearing times at the top banks are not all the same. Therefore, it is wise to understand the regulations put into place to the financial institution where you hold your money.

Understanding how long it will take for a check to clear once you deposit the funds can help you properly manage your money. While mobile deposits have made the depositing process much more convenient, you still have to wait for the funds to clear, which can be frustrating, confusing and stressful.

It’s easy to advise people not to deposit checks too close to when bills are due, but oftentimes it is not by choice — people sometimes get paid late, and in general, are living paycheck to paycheck. Being late on bills may incur late fees, and if payments from your account bounce, you will get charged expensive overdraft fees from your bank.

Available Funds vs. Account Balance

There are two different forms of verification that indicate your funds are available in your account. The first is your available account balance, which is how much you have to use at your disposal. The other is your actual account balance — the total amount you have in your account, including funds that have yet to clear. While your account balance may represent a higher number than the available balance, think of your available balance as a true indicator of the amount of money you can spend.

For anyone who actively deposits checks into their bank account, it is crucial to know check clearing times, especially if you manage more than one bank account. Compare the times it takes a check to clear at the top 10 banks to get an idea of when your deposited funds will be available.

How long does it take for a cashier’s check to clear?

While the majority of banks make the funds from a cashier’s check available to you the next business day, the funds are still at risk for being rescinded. This happens in the instance that you deposit a counterfeit cashier’s check.

There is an ongoing scam in which victims are given a counterfeit cashier’s check to deposit. It may take weeks for the bank to determine that it is fake — and by this time the victim has most likely already spent the funds. When this happens, the victim is, unfortunately, liable for the money spent, even if it was made available to the account from the bank.

Why is an overdraft fee charged when a deposit was made on time?

You may deposit a check in the hopes to avoid an overdraft fee, but your efforts may be in vain. If you are on the cusp of being charged an overdraft fee, your best bet is to deposit cash, not a check.

As noted, it may take at least a few days for the funds from a check to be available for you to use when deposited into your account. Banks only refer to a number of funds you have available when processing overdraft fees. Therefore, you need to ensure that the funds will be available before your account reaches a negative balance. If you do not deposit the funds with an adequate amount of time for your bank to fully verify the amount, you may be hit with overdraft fees.

Choose the right bank for your financial needs.

Look for a bank that clears checks in a short amount of time if you regularly deposit and write checks. Also, choose a bank that you feel has a reputation that you can trust.

For instance, MyBankTracker.com user basstracker72 expressed frustration about how Citizens Bank failed to deposit funds into the correct account, “Doing whatever it takes to stick it to the customer. I deposit a tenant’s rent check to my line of credit, they deduct it from a random checking account when it bounces.”

If you have more than one account with the same bank and deposit a check or multiple checks, make sure that all funds are being deposited to the right accounts, as banks do make errors. Confirm with a teller or check your online statements.

In your research to find the perfect bank, make sure you find one that will accommodate your needs. For instance, if you are always on the go and need funds to be available soon after you receive checks, choose a bank with more flexible hold times, such as one that makes funds available for mobile deposit the next business day.

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  • uno

    My husband made a deposit today from a ATM it told him his funds won’t be ready till the 26th why is that? If it supposed to be next day

    • David Stine

      Many things come into play. What is it a cash deposit or a check deposit? What it a small or large amount of money?

  • Chad Sommars

    Can anyone tell me how long it takes for funds to become available to an account from a trust fund deposit via check from an account with funds well over the million dollar range ?

    • brittany

      That’s what I’m trying to figure out. This is my exact question. Have you found anything out yet?

  • Neni

    What if you deposit a $60 check on Sunday? Can you withdraw it that same day?

    • Depending on your bank and its policies, you should be able to withdraw a portion of that check amount immediately. For most banks, the first $200 of a check deposit can be withdrawn immediately.

    • Laurence Almand

      Depends on your bank’s policy. Some banks will hold personal checks longer than business checks, since personal checks are more likely to bounce.

  • Jessica Mix

    if I deposit $1900 how long will they put a hold on it.

    • There are multiple factors that can affect your specific deposit. Generally, if there aren’t issues, you can expect the check to clear within 3 to 7 business days.

  • Elainy Martinez

    I have my direct deposit set to my fiancés account in us bank (i am not on hes account) my check says paid but its not showing pending or anything how long will it take to be deposited? Or will therr be problems?

    • Although it is unlikely that the non-matching names of the check and the account are an issue, it is possible that the bank sees it as a risk. If the funds are not in the account within 2 business days, it would be wise to contact both banks to see what the problem may be.

  • Dawn bailey byrd

    I bank with Regions and will recieve a check for $14,000 drawn on a Suntrust check. …how long does it take to clear

    • Laurence Almand

      Depends on the bank’s policy. Most large checks take 5 business days to clear.

  • Natasha Mitchell

    i have a one day hold on my checks depsoited through the atm i deposited a check yesterday before 6 what time would my funds be avaialble

    • It could clear as early as the next morning.

  • Feti Seman

    I get 24,000 cheak from my financial compani to by equpment from dealer out of my state but the cheak is written by undaer dealers company name,so dealers said me I have to wait until the check is clear ,he deposit the check yesterday,how long it take to be clear?can any one tel me please? To day is Friday it will be clear on Saturday?

    • Laurence Almand

      The person who can tell you is an officer of the bank, so call and find out. (Suggest you use some of your funds to take a refresher course in English).

  • Laurence Almand

    It can also leave you vulnerable to strong-arm robberies.

  • TR

    I have Wells Fargo I deposited a check for 7k I’m a minor so it’s a legal hold till I’m 18 but my mobile app say I have 200$ of it available but I can’t transfer it over so is it not mine to spend or is I just didnt wait long enough because it also say my hold ends the 29th but why is it available now then