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Federal Reserve Announces New Deposit Guidelines for Non-Imageable Check Items

Thursday, January 1, 2004

As of Oct. 28, non-imageable items must be deposited in a separately sorted forward or return cash letter. Failure to do so will result in the depositor's assuming all liabilities for losses that result from an incorrect deposit.

Non-imageable items include the following: items in carrier documents, including forward items, return items and savings bonds; photocopies in lieu; notices in lieu of return; and foreign and mutilated items.

Follow these deposit guidelines for non-imageable items:

  • Deposit forward items in carrier documents, savings bonds in carrier documents and photocopies in lieu of originals in a single cash letter.
  • Deposit return items in carrier documents along with notices in lieu of return in a single returns cash letter.

There is no change in the deposit guidelines for forward or return non-machineable items, Canadian items or other foreign items.

Deadlines and availability for submitting non-imageable cash letters remain the same. Pricing of non-imageable items will be at the Mixed cash letter fee for forward items and at the Mixed Qualified Return fee for returns. You can find standard cash letter forms under the forward and return items sections at

If you have any questions or need additional information concerning these new deposit guidelines, please contact your local Check department or your account executive.