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Account Activity Questions

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What is my available balance?

Your available balance is the most current record we have about the funds that are available for withdrawal from your account. Your available balance includes:

  • All deposits that are immediately available and withdrawals that have posted to your account. It is adjusted throughout the day as we authorize or receive notice of pending transactions. Some pending deposits, such as incoming wire transfers, electronic direct deposits, and cash deposited at a Wells Fargo branch or Wells Fargo ATM, are available for your use on the day we receive the deposit.
  • A portion or all of your check deposits made at a Wells Fargo branch or Wells Fargo ATM may be immediately available for your use on the day we receive the deposit. If funds are not available on the day of deposit, refer to your deposit receipt for the funds availability date. Funds not available on the day of the deposit will typically be available the next business day, unless a longer hold is placed on the deposit. Refer to the Funds Availability Policy in the Account Agreement for detailed funds availability information.
  • Pending withdrawals, including debit card transactions we authorize and checks/authorized payments known to us, reduce your available balance.

Transcript: Making Sense of Available Balance

It’s a typical day.

You’re shopping for groceries, buying gas, getting things done.

As you make purchases with your debit card and withdraw cash from the ATM, it’s important to be aware of the available balance in your checking account.

This is the money you currently have available to cover purchases or to withdraw. This balance can change throughout the day as we authorize or receive notice of pending transactions. And your available balance is used to determine if you have enough to cover your next purchase or withdrawal.

You can find your available balance by using Wells Fargo Online® or the Wells Fargo Mobile® app, or at the ATM.

Note that your available balance only includes the transactions that Wells Fargo knows about, so it’s important to keep track of anything that’s pending or hasn’t posted to your account yet.

These can be:

Checks you’ve written that haven’t been cashed or deposited yet.

Monthly memberships, streaming video services, and other scheduled direct withdrawals that are paid automatically from your account.

And even the tip on a meal. For example, if you use your debit card to pay for take-out at a restaurant, the tip may be added a day or two later.

Now that you understand what available balance means, here are some tips to help you stay in the know.

Get into the habit of using your account’s tools — Wells Fargo Online® and our mobile app — to help track when money comes in and out.

You can also set up alerts to know when your available balance is at or below an amount you specify.

Set your calendar reminders a few days ahead of automatic payments so you can make sure you have enough money in your account.

Keep track of outstanding checks that you have written.

And if you see where you might come up short, you can quickly transfer money between Wells Fargo accounts.

Smart, simple strategies like these can help you stay on top of your money.

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Available balance is the most current record we have about the funds that are available for your use or withdrawal. It includes all deposits and withdrawals that have been posted to your account, then adjusts for any holds on recent deposits and any pending transactions that are known to the bank. This balance may not reflect all of your transactions, such as checks you have written or debit card transactions that have been approved but not yet submitted for payment by the merchant.

Sign up may be required for alert notifications, and availability may be affected by your mobile carrier’s coverage area. Your mobile carrier’s message and data rates apply.

Our overdraft fee for Business and Consumer checking accounts is $35 per item (whether the overdraft is by check, ATM withdrawal, debit card transaction, or other electronic means); our fee for returning items for non-sufficient funds is $35 per item. We charge no more than three overdraft and/or non-sufficient funds (NSF) fees per business day for Consumer accounts and eight per business day for Business accounts. Overdraft and/or non-sufficient funds (NSF) fees are not applicable to Clear Access Banking℠ accounts. The overdraft and/or non-sufficient funds (NSF) fee for Wells Fargo Teen Checking℠ accounts is $15 per item and we will charge no more than two fees per business day.

The payment of transactions into overdraft is discretionary and we reserve the right not to pay. For example, we typically do not pay overdrafts if your account is overdrawn or you have had excessive overdrafts. You must promptly bring your account to a positive balance.

Why are my available and posted balances different?

Your available balance is the most current record we have about the funds that are available for withdrawal from your account.

It includes all deposits and withdrawals that have been posted to your account and it is adjusted throughout the day as we authorize or receive notice of pending transactions.

Your posted balance is your account balance at the end of the previous business day. A business day is generally Monday through Friday, except federal holidays. The ending balance does not include any pending transactions that have occurred since the close of the previous business day.

Why was a hold placed on my deposit?

In some cases it may be necessary to place a hold on your deposit. The first $225 is usually available the next business day, but the rest may not be available for several days. If you have questions about a hold that we placed on your deposit, please call 1-800-TO-WELLS (1-800-869-3557).

What are the cut-off times for deposits?

Cut-off times are displayed in all locations. The cut-off time for most Wells Fargo ATM locations is 9 pm local time. The cut-off time for deposits using the Wells Fargo Mobile® app is 9 pm Pacific Time. Use our locator to find the cut-off times for a branch or Wells Fargo ATM nearest you.

Available balance

What’s not included in my available balance?

  • Pending check deposits that have not yet been processed or posted to your account or those that did not receive availability at the time we received the deposit. These funds will be available on the next business day, unless a hold is placed. If a hold is placed on the deposit, generally $225 is available the next business day and the remaining funds will be available when the hold is removed.
  • Outstanding checks and automatic payments you have authorized (such as car payments, a gym membership, or other recurring debit card transactions) that have not yet been received by us for payment.
  • Debit card transactions authorized by us but not submitted by the merchant for payment within three business days of authorization, or that were never submitted for authorization.

Final transaction amounts for some debit card transactions may be greater than the amount initially authorized (a common occurrence at restaurants where a tip may not appear on the amount initially authorized, but will appear on the final transaction amount). For more details, see "What other factors affect my available balance?"

To help avoid overspending, it’s a good idea to keep a personal record of your transactions, and compare your record to what you see as your Available Balance with Wells Fargo Online®.

How is my available balance calculated?

We begin with your current posted balance and then adjust for any holds on recent deposits and any pending transactions that are known to the bank.

Current posted balance includes:

  • Deposits and withdrawals that have posted to your account by the end of the previous business day.

Pending transactions include:

  • Deposits you made after the previous business day (during the day or over a weekend, for example). Business days are Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays. Cut-off times are displayed in all locations. The cut-off time for most Wells Fargo ATM locations is 9 pm local time. The cut-off time for deposits using the Wells Fargo Mobile app is 9 pm Pacific Time. Use our locator to find the cut-off times for a Wells Fargo branch or Wells Fargo ATM nearest you.
  • ATM withdrawals, Wells Fargo Online Bill Pay transactions, and pending debit card transactions that have been authorized, but not yet paid from your account.
  • Checks and automatic payments received by the bank during the day, which have not yet been fully processed (posted) for payment.  Examples of automatic payments are bills you pay by authorizing a third party to obtain the funds directly from your account. Please note: If there is not enough money to cover these transactions during the nightly processing, we may pay the item creating an overdraft or return the item unpaid.

What other factors affect my available balance?

Debit card purchases

If you make a purchase with your debit card, the merchant may request authorization for an initial amount and send us the actual transaction amount later for payment. This is often the case in places where you can add a tip to your bill (such as restaurants or salons), hotels and car rental agencies, where there can be a significant difference between the amount that's authorized initially (authorization hold amount) and the actual transaction amount. The initially authorized amount appears in your pending transactions, but the actual transaction amount is deducted from your account.

For most debit card purchases, we receive the payment request, including the actual transaction amount, within three (3) business days of the transaction. If we don't receive a final payment request from the merchant within three (3) business days, [or up to thirty (30) business days for certain types of debit or ATM card transactions including but not limited to car rental transactions, cash transactions, and international transactions], we release the authorization hold on the transaction. We then remove the transaction from your list of pending transactions and add the funds back to your available balance.

If we receive the payment request at a later date, the actual transaction amount will be deducted from your account at that time. Keep track of your transactions and ensure you have sufficient funds in your accounts to cover the final payment.

Deposits

Cash deposits and transfers from another Wells Fargo account are immediately available for your use. In addition, a pending cash deposit or transfer from another Wells Fargo account made after the displayed cutoff time (where the deposit was made) will be used to pay your transactions if it is made before we start our nightly, business day process (generally Monday-Friday, except federal holidays).

A portion or all of your check deposits made at a Wells Fargo branch or Wells Fargo ATM may be immediately available for your use on the day of the deposit, unless a hold is placed. Funds not available on the day of the deposit will be available the next business day or after any applicable holds are removed. A check deposit made before the displayed cutoff time (where the deposit was made) will be used by us to pay your transactions in our nightly process. Occasionally, a hold will be placed which prevents withdrawal of the money until a later date.  Further details are provided in our Funds Availability Policy in the Account Agreement.

Cut-off times are displayed in all locations. The cut-off time for most Wells Fargo ATM locations is 9 pm local time. The cut-off time for deposits using the Wells Fargo Mobile app is 9 pm Pacific Time. Use our locator to find the cut-off times for a banking location or ATM nearest you.

How can I keep track of my available balance?

  • Keep a record of all of your transactions and compare your record to what is reflected by the bank.
  • Adjust your record to include outstanding checks and automatic payments you have authorized (such as car payments, a gym membership, or other recurring debit card transactions) but have not yet been received by the bank.
  • Set up low balance alerts to help you manage your account and monitor activity.
  • You can find details about your pending and posted transactions when you view your account activity through Wells Fargo Online.

Account activity

What are pending transactions?

Pending transactions are transactions that are known to Wells Fargo but have not yet been fully processed (posted) for payment from your account.

For some debit card transactions, the amount you see listed when the transaction is pending may not be the final amount deducted from your account; for example it may not include a tip you might add to a restaurant bill.

Please note that pending transactions may not post to your account in the order listed.

When will my deposit be credited to my account?

If you make your deposit on a business day before the cut-off times displayed at the Wells Fargo branch, Wells Fargo ATM, or online, we will generally credit the deposit to your account the same business day. If you make your deposit after the cut-off time or on a non-business day, we will credit it to your account on the next business day.

  • Business days are generally Monday through Friday, except for federal holidays.
  • Cut-off times are displayed in all locations. The cut-off time for most Wells Fargo ATM locations is 9 pm local time. The cut-off time for deposits using the Wells Fargo Mobile app is 9 p.m. Pacific Time.
  • Use our locator to find the cut-off times for a Wells Fargo branch or ATM nearest you.

How much account activity can I view online?

The amount of history you can view through Wells Fargo Online depends on your type of account:

  • Checking, savings, and money market account histories are available for up to 18 months.
  • Line of credit and installment loan account histories are available for up to 24 months.
  • Credit card account histories are available for up to 90 days or 300 transactions.

If you need information prior to these times, please refer to your account statement. If you have enrolled in online statements, Sign on to Wells Fargo Online and you may be able to view more history through your online statements.

How can I download my account history?

Sign on to Wells Fargo Online to download your account activity into a convenient spreadsheet or financial management software.

By default, the download will capture the last 90 days of transactions. However, for certain types of accounts up to 18 months of account activity may be available by choosing the time frame you want and selecting Download.

How do I get information about a levy or legal order process on my account?

To ensure that all of your questions are answered about a Levy or Legal Order Process on your account, please call our Legal Order Processing Department at 1-480-724-2000. Agents are available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8 pm Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays. Levy or Legal Order Process information is not available through email.

Account activation

How do I reactivate my inactive account?

Here are common ways you can reactivate your account (some options may not be available for your account):

  • Sign on to Wells Fargo Online to access Account Summary, and select the option to reactivate your account that is displayed next to the inactive account.
  • Transfer funds online to this account.
  • Transfer funds online from the inactive account to another Wells Fargo account.
  • Make a deposit into this account using Wells Fargo Mobile deposit, at an ATM or branch.
  • Make a withdrawal from this account at a Wells Fargo ATM or branch.
  • Write a check that is paid from this account.

Time Accounts and Retirement Accounts

Please call us at the following telephone numbers or visit a Wells Fargo location:

  • Consumer Time Account (CD) – 1-800-869-3557, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Retirement Savings and Time Accounts (CDs) – 1-800-237-8472, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 10 pm, Saturday 8 am – 5 pm Eastern Time, excluding federal holidays.

Customers outside of the United States can call Wells Fargo customer service toll-free from most countries – International Access Codes.

How do I reactivate my dormant account?

Checking, Savings, and Time Accounts

Please call us at 1-800-869-3557, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or visit a Wells Fargo branch.

Retirement Accounts

Please call us at 1-800-237-8472, Monday – Friday 8 am – 10 pm, Saturday 8 am – 5 pm Eastern Time (excluding federal holidays), or visit a Wells Fargo branch.

Reactivation may take up to 3 business days. Access Wells Fargo Online to find a branch near you. Customers outside of the United States can call Wells Fargo customer service toll-free from most countries – International Access Codes.