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03-01-2012, 19:53   #1
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How long does a cheque take to clear?

Hi I lodged a social welfare cheque in my local bank just before christmas, I am on casual slips. It still hasn't cleared into my account, it says it's there but not in my balance. How long does a cheque normally take to clear. I thought that it should only take a few days but perhaps it was delayed because of xmas. I am starting to get a bit concerned now or is it something I shouldn't be worried about?
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Hi I lodged a social welfare cheque in my local bank just before christmas, I am on casual slips. It still hasn't cleared into my account, it says it's there but not in my balance. How long does a cheque normally take to clear. I thought that it should only take a few days but perhaps it was delayed because of xmas. I am starting to get a bit concerned now or is it something I shouldn't be worried about?
Normally 3 working days for an Irish issued cheque. Today is the third working day since Christmas, so if you lodged it Christmas eve, it would have cleared today.
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Thank you very much! That makes sense.
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depending on the bank it could take 5 working days for any irish cheques
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03-01-2012, 21:59   #5
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4 full working days (if lodged across different banks, i.e. cheque is drawn on Bank of Ireland but lodged in AIB). So, if a cheque is lodged on Monday, the funds will be available at about midnight on Thursday (technically Friday, but it's more a 4 day cycle than a 5 day one).

Here is the cycle:

Day 1 - 'Lodgement Day'. Cheque lodged to AIB account in AIB branch and forwarded to AIB central clearing department that evening. The value posts to your account immediately (you will see this on your account ledger on internet banking) but is not yet 'cleared' so does not form part of your 'available funds', i.e. you cannot withdraw it or transfer it.
The cheque gets processed through a reader/sorter machine in AIB's Clearing Dept. overnight and the paper and value is exchanged with the Bank of Ireland in the early morning of Day 2, i.e. Bank of Ireland pays AIB for the cheque and AIB sends the cheque on to them.

Day 2 - cheque received in Bank of Ireland and processed through their reader/sorters. Cheque value is debited from the Bank of Ireland Account (in this case Dept of Social Welfare account).

Day 3 - Bank of Ireland legally has until close of business today to unpay the cheque. If they decide to unpay it takes a further day for AIB to be notified of this, bringing you to day 4. That is why AIB will not make funds available to you until about midnight on Day 4 (going into Day 5). As if it did, and then subseqnetly Bank of Ireland unpaid teh item AIB would be left with teh loss.

Can you tell I worked in a Clearing Dept for a really long time?!

If this cycle is a pain in the neck for you and you are a reliable customer with a good history you could apply to your bank for a small overdraft so that you aren't always waiting on your money. Furthermore - although I don't think this option is widely offered any more - if you are really trustworthy your bank may switch your account to 'Pay Ledger' which means when you lodge a cheque to your account the bank will honour it immediately as they know you would be 'good for it' if it were to came back unpaid.

p.s. I think it is 2 full working days if the cheque is lodged within the same bank that it is drawn on, as no exchange of paper or value is required
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It cleared this morning. I didnt realise it had to be 4 working days which is why i was panicking. i have a small overdraght which i am very grateful for. Dft that was brill, thank you :-)
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Help Please!


i cashed a cheque last friday morning can i expect it to be in the bank tomorrow Thursday (midnight) ?

im a bit worried i might not have it until after easter due to good friday banks being closed

its a different bank from the one the cheque was issued

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i cashed a cheque last friday morning can i expect it to be in the bank tomorrow Thursday (midnight) ?

im a bit worried i might not have it until after easter due to good friday banks being closed

its a different bank from the one the cheque was issued
Generally it takes 3 working days (might have changed since I banked with one of the bigger banks) so you should have received it by now.
I have an account with ulster bank so ulster bank to ulster bank the money transfers in straight away. But if its from another bank to ulster bank it can take 5 working days!! Which is a disaster.
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i cashed a cheque last friday morning can i expect it to be in the bank tomorrow Thursday (midnight) ?

im a bit worried i might not have it until after easter due to good friday banks being closed

its a different bank from the one the cheque was issued
The clearing system will update Thursday night and after that Tuesday night (April 2nd).

Nothing will happen Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday night - i.e. if the funds aren't available after the Thursday night update (i.e. when you check on Friday morning) then they won't be available until at least after the Tuesday night update (i.e. Wednesday morning).
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thanks for your replies.
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