How to Make a Bank Deposit

Making a deposit into your bank account is a basic but essential banking operation. Whether you’re depositing cash, checks, or utilizing electronic methods, the following steps offer a comprehensive guide to ensure a smooth transaction:

1. Prepare Your Deposit

  • Cash: Count your money to know how much you’re depositing. It’s good to have an idea beforehand to ensure accuracy when the bank counts it.
  • Checks: Ensure all checks are properly signed by the issuer. If you’re depositing the check into an account with a different name, you might need to endorse it by signing the back in the designated area. Also, confirm that the check hasn’t expired, as some checks are only valid for a specific duration after being issued.

2. Fill Out a Deposit Slip

Most banks require a deposit slip to accompany any in-branch deposit.

  • Get a slip from the bank lobby or at the counter.
  • Write your account number, name, date, and the amount you’re depositing.
  • If depositing checks, you may need to list each check and its amount separately.

3. Approach the Teller

  • Hand the teller your deposit slip along with the cash or checks.
  • The teller will verify the amounts, process the deposit, and provide you with a receipt. Make sure to review the receipt to confirm the correct amount was deposited.

4. Using an ATM

Many banks allow deposits through ATMs.

  • Insert your debit or ATM card into the machine and enter your PIN.
  • Choose the “Deposit” option.
  • Some ATMs require you to insert cash and checks into a deposit envelope, while others accept deposits without an envelope, scanning and counting them directly. Follow the machine’s prompts.
  • Review and confirm the deposit amount on the screen. Once processed, the ATM will offer a receipt option. It’s advisable to keep this receipt until the deposit reflects in your account.

5. Mobile Deposits

Many banks now offer mobile banking apps that allow you to deposit checks using your smartphone.

  • Sign into your bank’s mobile app.
  • Look for an option labeled “Deposit,” “Mobile Deposit,” or something similar.
  • Endorse the check, if required, and write “For Mobile Deposit Only” or as specified by your bank.
  • Take clear, well-lit photos of both the front and back of the check.
  • Enter the check amount and select the account into which you’re depositing.
  • Confirm the details and submit. It’s wise to keep the physical check until you’re certain the deposit has processed and cleared.

6. Direct Deposit

For recurring income like salaries or benefits:

  • Provide your employer or payer with your bank account number and your bank’s routing number. You might also need to provide a voided check.
  • Your funds will be electronically transferred and deposited into your account on the designated payment date.

7. Wire Transfers and Online Transfers

For electronic deposits from another bank:

  • Provide the sender with your bank’s name, your account number, and your bank’s routing number.
  • The sender can initiate the transfer from their bank, and the funds should arrive in your account based on the specified timeline.


Making a bank deposit has become more accessible and versatile, with multiple methods tailored to individual preferences and needs. Whichever method you choose, always keep a record of your transactions and periodically review your account statements to ensure accuracy and security.