How do I deposit a personal check written out to me to my online bank account without a direct deposit?
Dear M. Anonymous,Good question. It can be confusing when you are new to online banking (or to checking accounts in general), so I totally understand. For years, I used a local bank. I deposited checks by going to the physical bank. Once I was at the bank, I would give the check to the teller to deposit, or I would put the check (and deposit slip) in the slot outside. This was long before online banking had been invented.My local bank once made a serious mistake in my account, which I resolved after spending many hours at a bank executive’s desk. The executive could not figure out the problem, but I was able to see that it had been my bank’s error that had caused the discrepancy. This sour experience prompted me to look elsewhere for another bank. I decided to use a bank that is primarily online and that is connected with a world-class organization that also provides car and home insurance to U.S. military officers and their dependents. I had done my research long before I ever selected this organization for my banking and car and home insurance.I currently have a bank account at this organization’s excellent online bank based in San Antonio, Texas (I’m in the D.C. area), and the way I prefer to deposit checks to my bank is by regular mail.For a good long while, my bank had a contract with a UPS Store that could scan checks and deposit them electronically into someone’s bank account, but I always felt a little uneasy doing that, and only used this service a few times. It certainly did not feel too secure to have a non-bank-related person touch my checks. Eventually, my bank stopped offering that as an option. (I would love to know the back story of what prompted my bank to stop doing this.)There are at least six ways to deposit checks including using electronic means (see this WikiHow: How to Deposit Checks).PRO TIP: Of course, the best thing for you to do is to go on your bank’s website and find out their process. Their website might even have a generic deposit ticket you can print out if you want to mail it in.Below are the steps I take to deposit checks by mail to my online bank.Endorse the check (that is, write your signature on the back). Under your signature, write “Deposit to” and then write your bank account number. NOTE: Make sure the check is valid.Fill out a deposit ticket (these are included with your checkbook). If you don’t have paper checks or deposit slips, contact your bank to find out how to get one.Put both the endorsed check and deposit ticket in an envelope addressed to the bank. Seal the envelope. My bank provides me with preaddressed envelopes that do not need postage.MAIL the envelope.Wait a few days, and you should see that deposit showing up in your account online.—Sarah M. 9/12/2018ORIGINAL QUESTION: How do I deposit a personal check written out to me to my online bank account without a direct deposit?