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What is Direct Deposit?

June 1st, 2023 | 5 min. read

What is Direct Deposit?

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If you're still receiving physical paychecks every month, you might want to consider switching to direct deposit. Think of it as a smartphone compared to an old flip phone – direct deposit is the future and a part of the modern banking solution. 

Digital-Banking-CircleWith direct deposit, your paychecks, tax refunds, and other benefits can be electronically deposited into your account, saving you time and hassle. Not only is it convenient, but direct deposits can also help you avoid potential fees associated with traditional banking methods.

Let's take a deep dive into the ins and outs of direct deposit, including how it works, its benefits, drawbacks, and exactly how to set it up. Trust me, after reading this, you'll be itching to update your payment preferences.


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Bank-Icon-1what is direct deposit?

Direct deposit is a way for employers or government agencies to pay you money without physically handing you a check. Instead, they electronically transfer the money into your bank account. It's like magic! 


Settings-Iconhow does direct deposit work?

Direct deposit works by allowing your employer to send your earnings directly to your bank account electronically. In order to set up direct deposit, you will need to provide your employer with your bank's routing number and your account number. Once the funds are deposited into your account, you can access them immediately. 


Law-Iconpros and cons to direct deposit


it can help grow savings




helps avoid bank fees

less paper

easy set-up

QUICK TIP: Some banks offer bonuses or incentives to customers who use direct deposit. So, if you want to join the modern world and make your life a little easier, consider signing up for direct deposit.



Bank Dependence


Lack of Control


Lightbulb-Iconwhy should i do direct deposit? 

If you're still receiving physical paychecks every month, it's time to upgrade to direct deposit. Not only is it the future of banking and a modern solution, but it also offers numerous benefits that can positively impact your financial health. 


Stopwatch-Iconhow long does a direct deposit take?

Well... it's much faster than receiving a check! You should expect to see your direct deposit in your bank account on the morning of payday. Depending on your work's payroll system, you may receive your direct deposit within 1 - 3 business days. Some banks and credit unions even offer deposits a day early.



bubble-PNG-How-to-Avoid-Checking-Account-Feeshow to set up direct deposit?

Easy! Here's what you'll need to do:

  • Grab your bank information. You will need your bank's routing number and your account number. These can be found on the bottom of your checks, some financial institutions have account holders' info within online banking or simply contact your bank directly.
  • Fill out a direct deposit authorization form. This form can usually be found on your employer's website or obtained from your human resources department.
  • Submit the form to your employer. Once you have completed the form, submit it to your employer or payroll department. It may take a few days for the direct deposit to become active, so be sure to keep receiving physical paychecks until you are notified that the direct deposit is set up and working.
  •  Confirm that the deposit is successful. Once it's all setup, be sure to check your account to confirm that your payments are being deposited correctly. If you notice any issues or discrepancies, contact your employer or bank immediately to resolve the issue.
is it hard to switch banks -  what do i need to do?

Switching banks can be daunting, but setting up direct deposit with a new bank is relatively easy. Here's a detailed step-by-step on how to switch!

Learn How to Switch

ready to set up your direct deposit?

Direct deposit can be a convenient and secure way to receive your earnings. By understanding how it works, the pros and cons, and how to set it up, you can decide if it is the right payment method for you. Remember to keep these FAQs in mind and make sure to update your direct deposit information if you switch banks.

If you are ready to set up direct deposit, here are some FAQs to keep in mind:

common faqs 

Can the direct deposit be delayed?

Can direct deposit go into a savings account?

Is direct deposit better than a paycheck?

Is Zelle considered a direct deposit?

Are direct deposit and ACH the same?


As always If you have any questions or comments, our Customer Service Representatives are here for you. You can send an email, give us a call at 704.375.0183, or visit any of our branches.  




As the Content Specialist and author of the Learning & Guidance Center, Yanna enjoys motivating others by uncovering all that's possible in the world of finance. From financial tips and tricks to ultimate guides and comparison charts, she is obsessed with finding ways to help readers excel in their journey towards financial freedom.

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