Can I Cash a Check at Any Bank or Credit Union?
Can I cash a check at any bank or credit union? If you visit a bank or credit union where neither you nor the person who wrote the check don’t bank with, they’re unlikely to cash a check for you.
How To Cash a Check At Any Bank
Here’s some criteria if you wish to cash a check at any bank — including if you’re not a current customer.
- You present a valid ID
- There are adequate funds in the account
- The check you want to cash is six months old or less
- One of the account holders writes the check and
- You’re the payee on the check
If you meet these prerequisites, some banks or credit unions may be able to assist with getting the check cashed.
What If You Try To Cash a Check Where You Don’t Bank
If you don’t bank with the financial institution you wish to cash your check, they’ll charge you a fee.
Usually, the bank or credit union you bank with will cash a check from a different financial institution. But, you may have to deposit the check in your account first. You can expect to receive the funds in a couple of days after depositing the check.
A few credit unions and banks provide the fee structure for such services so that customers who want to cash checks and don’t bank with them can make an informed decision.
Other Check Cashing Options
There are many other places besides the bank or credit union where you can cash a check–retail stores like Walmart and check cashing outlets like ACE Cash Express. Although having a bank account is helpful in keeping track of money coming in, like your paycheck, you can still choose to cash a check without a bank account.
Melanie Grafil contributed to the reporting for this article.
Our in-house research team and on-site financial experts work together to create content that’s accurate, impartial, and up to date. We fact-check every single statistic, quote and fact using trusted primary resources to make sure the information we provide is correct. You can learn more about GOBankingRates’ processes and standards in our editorial policy.
- Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. "Can I Cash a Check at Any Bank or Credit Union?"