How Long Does It Take for Out of State Checks to Clear?

by Fraser Sherman
You usually have at least some money available the next business day.

With 21st century technology, clearing a check no longer requires transferring a piece of paper from bank to bank. Your bank's ability to verify an out-of-state personal check fast doesn't guarantee the money's available to you that quickly. As a rule, the bank has to make at least $200 available by the next business day. If you've deposited bad checks or overdrawn your account before, it may take longer.

Size Matters

If the check is $200 or less, you can tap the money the next business day. For a larger check, you can access the money over $200 the second business day. The bank may add an extra day if you deposit the check at an ATM or if you deposit it after the end of the business day -- which can be as early as 2 p.m., even if the bank's still open. If it's a huge check, these rules apply only to the first $5,000 -- the bank can hold the rest of the money longer.

About the Author

A graduate of Oberlin College, Fraser Sherman began writing in 1981. Since then he's researched and written newspaper and magazine stories on city government, court cases, business, real estate and finance, the uses of new technologies and film history. Sherman has worked for more than a decade as a newspaper reporter, and his magazine articles have been published in "Newsweek," "Air & Space," "Backpacker" and "Boys' Life." Sherman is also the author of three film reference books, with a fourth currently under way.

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