How to Cash a Check Without ID [Know Your Options]

In this article, we’re answering β€œhow to cash a check without ID?”

This will include information on several options where you can legitimately cash a check and deposit a check without identification.

This article is part of our free series on how to send and receive money, including bank checks, bank transfers, and more, which you can access by clicking here.

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Table of Contents

  1. How to Cash a Check Without ID
  2. What Do You Need to Cash a Check?
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Do You Want Help Opening Bank Accounts?

How to Cash a Check Without ID

To cash a check without ID you will need to use one of the available options that banks offer where this is possible. These options include ATM deposit, endorsing a check, electronic deposit with your bank, and electronic deposit with a third-party fintech or digital banking platform.Β 

However, it’s important to note that each customer will have different options available to them depending on their bank, existing accounts, or availability of someone they trust to cash the check for them.

What Do You Need to Cash a Check?

What you need to cash a check will ultimately depend on how you plan to cash the check. For example, if you plan on cashing the check at a bank teller, you will need to present valid government identification.

On the other hand, if you plan to deposit the check through an ATM, electronically through an app, or via a third party, you will only need to sign the back of the check and then proceed with your desired method.

Here is a closer look at the requirements you will need to cash a check, depending on your desired methods.

Step 1: Proof of Identification

If you plan to visit the bank in person yourself you will need to provide proof of identification in order to cash or deposit a check. Additionally, if you plan on having a third party cash a check for you by endorsing the check, that person will need to provide proof of identification in order to proceed.

Step 2: Endorse the Check

Alternatively, if you plan on endorsing the check through another individual, an electronic check depositing app, or at a bank ATM, then you will only need to sign the back of the check and you will not need to present ID.

Step 3: Present the Check to the Bank Teller

Importantly, if you do decide to present the check to the bank teller, you will need to be prepared to provide the teller with your identification. Otherwise, the bank will not allow you to proceed with depositing or cashing the check.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are three of the most common questions that we receive from people looking into how to cash a cheque without an ID. If you have further questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

Can I Cash a Check Without an ID?

Yes, you can cash a check without an ID if you choose one of the methods where this is possible. These methods include a third-party individual, an electronic check depositing app, a third-party fintech solution that accepts checks, and a bank ATM where you can deposit checks.

What App Can I Use to Cash a Check Without ID?

You can use several apps to cash a check without an ID. This includes bank-specific apps as well as third-party apps like PayPal and many others. That said, it’s important to note that certain banks and third-party apps will have hold periods on checks that are cashed electronically in order to verify their legitimacy,

Can Someone Else Cash My Check for Me?

Yes, someone else can cash your checks for you. However, you will need to sign the back of the check in order to give them permission to do this for you. This act of signing the back of the check is referred to as endorsing.

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