Can you put money in your bank account through the Post Office?

Gert Svaiko

Prefer to bank in person, or have a cash deposit to pay into your bank account? If you can’t make it to a bank branch, your local Post Office could be the place to go.

In this handy guide, we’ll look at whether you can put money in your bank account through the Post Office, and how to go about it.


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Can you pay into your bank account at the Post Office?

Yes, almost everyone with a UK bank account can deposit money into it at a Post Office branch. This makes it more convenient if you do need to pay in a cash deposit, without having to find your nearest bank branch - which could be quite a distance away.

We’ll show you how to put money into your account at the Post Office in just a moment. The process varies between banks, as some let you deposit cash while others only permit deposits using a debit card.

What about business bank accounts?

It all depends on the bank and the account, but the Post Office does offer services for everyday business banking at its branches. This could be useful if your business handles cash or cheques, and you need to pay in at the end of the day - but can’t make it to the bank.

You can check if your bank is supported here.

How to put money in your bank account through the Post Office

Want to make a payment into your bank account at the Post Office? The first thing you need to do is head to the Post Office website to check whether it offers pay-in services for your bank.

It’s really easy to do - simply select your bank from the drop-down menu and check whether cash deposits are supported. You can also find your nearest Post Office branch.

Then, all you need to do is pop in with your cash or card, and pay into your bank account over the counter.

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What you need to bring with you

The Post Office website has details of what you’ll need to bring with you in order to make a deposit, which varies on who you bank with. You can also contact your bank for details.

But here’s a quick look at what you might need:

  • Cash or card to make your payment
  • Your PIN number (if paying by card)
  • A paying-in slip - if required by your bank. Some banks such as Halifax require you to get a pre-printed paying slip first.¹ You’ll nearly always need a paying-in slip if depositing a cheque.
  • Details of your bank account.

Are there any fees?

No, it’s completely free to use the Post Office to deposit money into your bank account.²

However, there is one very important thing to check. While the Post Office won’t charge you a fee, some banks do have fees for making cash deposits.² To avoid this, you might want to check directly with your bank beforehand.

How long will it take for the money to come through?

If you pay in your deposit using a debit card, it should show in your bank account the same day. Cash deposits tend to take longer, so you can expect to see it in your account the next working day.² It can vary from bank to bank though.

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Sources used for this article:

  1. Post Office - Everyday Banking
  2. Post Office - Help - Everyday Banking

Sources checked on 30-Jan-2024.

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