What is a Bank Deposit Slip?

When you need to deposit funds into your bank account or someone else’s account, you’ll need to use a bank deposit slip. A deposit slip is a paper that comprises the name and account number of a depositor, the date, and the amount of deposit. Moreover, the slip also indicates whether the deposit is going to be in cash or check form. Before lining up to get assistance from a teller, a customer must first fill out a deposit slip. The slip guides the teller on where exactly he/she should deposit the funds. The bank clerk then processes the deposit slip and gives a receipt to the depositor after carefully checking if the slip and the funds match. You might think that deposit slips are no longer used by banks, but even the Bank of America uses deposit tickets for processing.


The Different Forms of Deposit

In general, the term deposit involves placing something somewhere else for safekeeping. When financial institutions mention deposits, they refer to the money that is in your account, which they are keeping on your behalf. Also, deposits can also be another asset (e.g., jewelry). With that being said, here are the different forms of deposit.

Cash deposit. For banks and other financial institutions, a cash deposit is money a depositor places into a savings account or checking through a direct deposit, a bank clerk, or an ATM. In other words, money that is under the custody of a financial institution is called a cash deposit. If a customer decides to withdraw the money, it is made available anytime by the bank. In case of a cheque, a customer will have to wait for a specific period before the funds become withdrawable.Certificate of deposit. One product that banks and other institutions offer is a certificate of deposit. With a CD, a customer agrees to put a “lump-sum” deposit in return for a premium interest rate, as long as the money remains untouched for a specific period. Most banks offer certificates of deposit, but the terms may differ from one establishment to another. The interest rates and penalties may differ.Demand deposit.  A demand deposit is money in a bank that a customer or account owner can withdraw any time he desires (e.g., checking account). Compared to a term deposit where a customer cannot access his/her funds for a set time, a demand deposit account allows consumers to use their money when they need to purchase something. It would be difficult for depositors/consumers to keep notifying their bank before withdrawing money for daily purchases and expenses. Another generic term for a DDA is what you call “direct debit authorization”.Deposit account. Accounts in the bank that allow you to withdraw and deposit money are deposit accounts. Examples of this type of account include money market, checking, savings accounts along with CDs. A money market account is a type of savings account that can be a debit card or check. It is like a prepaid account that restricts the number of total transactions per month. Compared to a savings account, a money market account requires a higher amount of minimum deposit.Insured deposit. The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is a government agency in the United States that protects account owners of insured financial institutions from losing their money in case the bank fails. Anyone, whether a citizen or non-citizen of the U.S., is entitled to $250,000 insurance as long as he/she is an account owner of an insured bank. Note that it is different for credit unions, their deposits are NCUSIF-insured, which stands for National Credit Union Share Insurance Fund.Security deposit. Money that a person gives to his lender or landlord as proof of his intention to live and care for a particular asset is called a security deposit. Depending on the deal, a security deposit can be refundable. Its purpose is to protect the recipient in case a property gets damaged. For example, when renting a house, you have to first give a security deposit to the landlord for him to keep in case you skip your rental payments later on.

How to Completely and Correctly Fill Out a Bank Deposit Slip

Filling out a bank deposit slip depends on what you need to do. Note that there is a different section for cash and a different section for checks. The process is simple and easy. For a successful transaction, follow the basic and standard steps below.

Step 1: Provide Some Basic Information

The first thing you need to do is to write your name and account number on the deposit slip print. Note that if your checkbook has printed deposit slips on the back portion, you don’t have to do this step. Also, don’t forget to write the branch information if necessary. Moreover, if you need to deposit several items, you can utilize the back of the slip. Usually, deposit slips contain extra boxes at the back so you don’t have to keep on entering the same information over again.

Step 2: List the Amount of Deposit

If your money is cash, list the currency of the money that you have in your hands, whether it be bills or coins or both. To make the teller’s job easier, write carefully the amounts in cents or dollars. Typically, a deposit ticket has separate free blank boxes for both entries. The boxes on the right side are intended for coins or cents, while the boxes on the left are for bills or dollars. If you are going to deposit a large amount of money, you must place all the decimals and commas correctly. If you don’t have any cash to deposit, leave the spaces blank. If you have checks, you need to list them one by one. Write the check number and the total amount listed on each one. If you have no checks to deposit, go directly to the subtotal.

Step 3: Sum up the Deposits

To get the subtotal, you just need to sum up the total amount of checks and cash that you need to deposit. Before you compute for the subtotal, review the details you have written in the slip. The amount you have should be the same with the amount you have placed in the slip.

Step 4: Write the Amount of Money You Want to Withdraw

If your plan is to get some cash from the deposit you make, you must write the amount of money you want to withdraw in the slip. This applies to checks, you might need some cash at the moment, and you don’t have time to wait for the minimum period before a check deposit becomes withdrawable. By doing that, you will be able to save some time.

Step 5: Compute for the Total Amount of Deposit

The last thing you need to do is to calculate the total amount of deposit, which is the deposit sum minus the cash you desire to withdraw. Place your signature on the slip. Then line up and give the slip to the bank teller.


What are the benefits of using a deposit slip?

Deposit slips do not only offer protection to customers but also to banks. They serve as a collection of accounts that ensures nothing will be overlooked throughout the day. For customers, deposit slips are receipts that prove that a bank has placed the right amount into the right account. If the customer’s account balance remains the same after a deposit, a deposit slip will serve as evidence that the establishment has received the money from the depositor. Note that a deposit slip only displays the total amount deposited. If conflicts arise between the bank and a customer, the customer can ask for a copy of all the necessary documents to confirm the deposit.

What are the three common ways you can make a deposit?

There are three common ways you can deposit your funds: (1) You can deposit your funds by visiting a bank. In this case, you might need to fill out a deposit slip. In some banks, they have ATMs where you can directly fill your account details. (2) If you are using a money order or checks, you can deposit them through the mail. You can ask the bank how you can get the most convenient service, and you can also ask for requirements. Note that it is not advisable to send cash via mail because you might not get it back if it loses track. (3) Employers usually pay their employees through direct deposit, where the money goes directly to the worker’s bank account electronically. The money is then available for withdrawal or spending. Anyone can transfer money electronically as long as he/she has the means to do it.

What does a direct deposit mean?

There are many options you can choose from when receiving or sending payments. These options include utilizing checks, cash, or electronic payment. Electronic payments are also referred to as direct deposits. In other words, a direct deposit is a payment done electronically from one establishment to another.

What is a cheque?

A cheque or check is a paying instrument a customer uses to charge a particular bank to pay for a specific amount of money to a receiver. The entity or individual using the check is called the drawer or payor, and the person who receives it is called the payee. A payee can either deposit or withdraw a check. When a payee decides to get cash from the check, he must negotiate with the bank. Only then will the bank deduct the money from the drawer’s account.

What is a remittance slip?

A remittance slip is a paper a customer, which can be a financial institution, to a supplier together with the payment. The slip explains where the payment should go so for it to be credited correctly. Several bills that customers send through the mail have remittance slips. The slip usually contains the sender’s name, account number, address, balance, invoice number, and due date.

Though a bank deposit slip is only a small paper, it serves many purposes for both a bank and a customer. It is proof of a successful transaction. It also reminds a customer how much money he/she has in his/her account. It helps a bank process money more efficiently. Most importantly, it is a bank’s means in getting more funds quickly and use them for marketing.