How to Cash a Check on Venmo [All Steps Explained]

One of the popular features that Venmo added to its repertoire in 2021 is the ability to deposit or cash a check. In this post, we are going to share the step by step guide on how you can cash or deposit a check on Venmo. Venmo even allows you to instantly cash a check. We will see all the steps including the fees, time taken for cashing a check on Venmo.

Venmo gives you the convenience to mobile deposit your check (including stimulus checks) using its app. This saves you the trouble of visiting a bank branch and can speed up the deposit process. 

Another great feature is that you can instantly cash the check on Venmo with a small fee (1% fees for payroll and govt stimulus checks and 5% fees for other cases). 

If you are in no rush to get the funds, you can choose the other option which is free and you will get the credit in 10 days. This is similar to the cash out feature in Venmo where you can do an instant cash out or free 

Prerequisite for Mobile Deposit on Venmo

Do note that you should have applied for a Venmo Debit card OR set-up a Direct Deposit on Venmo to be able to use the mobile deposit feature. The option is not visible unless you have done either of these as it serves as a way to complete your identity verification on Venmo.

You need to complete a one time set-up by confirming your information to start using this feature. 

Let’s go through the steps involved in setting up mobile check deposit and cashing a check with Venmo.

How to Cash a Check on Venmo [Steps]

  1. Click on the hamburger icon (3 horizontal lines) on Venmo App home screen
  2. Next click on “Manage balance” (if you don’t have a Venmo debit card, this option may not be visible in the app)
  3. This brings up the option to “Cash a check” among other options, tap on it
  4. You will have to go through 3 steps: a. Confirm your info, b, Scan your check and c. Enter Amount and Cash out details. Tap on “Get Started” to complete the steps
  5. Confirm your information
    1. You have to read through the privacy policy and terms & conditions and accept it if you are ok. 
    2. Next you need to enter your details like date of birth. Social security no. for verification
    3. Agree to sharing the information with Ingo (which is the partner bank with Venmo for mobile check deposit)
  6. Enter your Check Details as below:
    1. Enter amount of check
  1. Scan the front of the check using Venmo App (photo of the check needs to fit within the box). Make sure you place the check on a surface with a dark background and there is enough light to capture the details of the check.
  2. Scan back of the check (before this scan, make sure you have endorsed the back of the check with your signature)
  3. The app will display the amount of the check after you complete the scan. Review your transaction details on the Confirm screen, then submit the check for review

You will get a confirmation via email that the check has been received and is being processed.

If your check is declined, you’ll be notified in the Venmo app. In such a case, no funds are added to your Venmo account and there will be no fees.

Few Important Points to take note of

  • After you submit the check on Venmo, don’t write ‘VOID’ or ‘Cashed’ on the check until you receive a confirmation from Venmo that the check is approved. This usually takes 10 to 15 minutes but can go upto 1.5 hours in rare cases. This will help you to cash the check offline or attempt again in the event the check does not go through on Venmo
  • Venmo Check Deposit Limits: For the Venmo check deposit, the check amount should be a minimum of $5 and can be upto a  maximum of $5000. Maximum value of checks that can be deposited is $5000 per day and maximum $15000 in a month.
  • While Venmo can help you cash your checks, note that there is no FDIC insurance for the funds you hold in your Venmo account, So i would not suggest using Venmo for cashing high value checks unless you don’t mind this and have a ready use for them or will be cashing it out.

Some common reasons for check decline as per Venmo website

  • Name on the check doesn’t match your name, on your Venmo account. 
  • Check wasn’t endorsed on back 
  • The check amount is less than the minimum acceptable amount i.e. $5 or more than maximum i.e. $5,000. These are the check cashing limits set by Ingo Money. 
  • The check images are not clear or do not pass authenticity screening. 
  • The check is a single-party check (drawn on another account you own), a temporary check, a credit card check or another unusual check type we don’t support. 
  • A properly voided image of the check was not received, in cases where Venmo prompts you to share image of voided check
  • Sufficient information could not be verified on the check writer’s account. 
  • The check was written on a closed or compromised account.

Wrap Up

So there you go. Cashing a check on Venmo is quite easy and you also have an option to cash out instantly with a small % fee or wait for 10 days to get the check deposited without any cost. Depending on how soon you require the funds, you can pick the option that suits your needs. You can also mobile deposit your check on Chime option which is free.

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