Funds Availability


In the interest of consumer awareness, this disclosure describes your ability to withdraw funds from your accounts at Citizens Bank of the South.

For purposes of this policy, the terms “you”/”your” refer to the customer and the terms “our”/”we”/”us” refer to Citizens Bank of the South. The term “Business Day” means any day other than a Saturday, Sunday or federal holiday. The term “Banking Day” means that part of any Business Day during which we are open to the public for carrying on substantially all of our banking functions.

Your Ability to Withdraw Funds

Our policy is to generally make funds from your cash and check deposits available to you on the same Business Day we receive your deposit.

Electronic direct deposits to your account will also generally be available on the day we receive the deposit. Once they are available, funds can be withdrawn in cash, will be used to pay electronic withdrawal requests and pay checks that you have written.

Even after we have made funds available to you, and you have withdrawn the funds, you are still responsible for checks you deposit that are returned to us unpaid and/or for any other problem involving your deposit.

Determining the Availability of a Deposit

The length of the delay is counted in Business Days from the day your deposit. If you make a deposit to one of our employees either within the bank branch or to one of our Drive-up tellers before the branch or Drive-up closes, we will consider that day to be the day of your deposit. If you make a deposit after the branch or Drive-up is closed, or on a day that we are not open, then we will consider that the deposit was made on the next Business Day.

Longer Delays May Apply

In some cases, we will not make all the funds that you deposit by check available to you on the day of your deposit. Depending on the type of check that you deposit, funds may not be available until the second Business Day after the day of your deposit. The first $225 of your deposits, however, may be available on the day of your deposit.

If we are not going to make all of the funds from your deposit available per our regular policy, we will notify you of the delay and when the funds will be available at the time you make the deposit. If your deposit is not made directly to one of our employees, or if we decide to take this action after you have left the premises, we will mail you the notice by the day after we receive your deposit.

If you will need the funds from a deposit right away, you should ask us when the funds will be available.

In addition, funds you deposit by check may be delayed for a longer period under the following circumstances:

  • We believe a check you deposited will not be paid.
  • You deposit checks totaling more than $5,525 on any one day.
  • You redeposit a check that has been returned unpaid.
  • You have overdrawn your account repeatedly in the last six months.
  • There is an emergency that would not enable us to make the funds available to you, such as failure of computer or communications equipment.

We will notify you if we delay your ability to withdraw funds for any of these reasons, and we will tell you when the funds will be available. They will generally be available no later than the seventh Business Day after the day of your deposit.

Special Rules for New Accounts

If you are a new customer, the following special rules may apply during the first 30 days your account is open. Funds from electronic direct deposits to your account will be available on the day we receive the deposit. Funds from deposits of cash, wire transfers, and the first $5,525 of a day’s total deposits of cashier’s, certified, teller’s, traveler’s, federal, state, and local government checks, U.S. Postal Service money orders, U.S. Treasury checks, and Federal Reserve Bank or Federal Home Loan Bank checks will be available on the day of your deposit if the deposit meets certain conditions. For example, the checks must be payable to you. The excess over $5,525 will be available on the ninth Business Day after the day of your deposit. If your deposit of these checks (other than a U.S. Treasury check) is not made in person to one of our employees, the first $5,525 may not be made available until the second Business Day after the day of your deposit. Funds from all other check deposits will generally be available on the ninth business day after the day of your deposit.

Foreign Checks

Checks drawn on financial institutions outside of the U.S. (foreign checks) cannot be processed the same as checks drawn on U.S. financial institutions. Foreign checks are exempt from the policies outlined in this disclosure. Generally, the availability of funds from deposits of foreign checks will be delayed for the time it takes us to collect the funds from the financial institutions upon which they are drawn.

Deposits at Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)

Deposits made at an automated teller machine (“ATM”) owned or operated by us will be generally available as follows: cash, immediately available; checks, $200 or the amount of the check, whichever is less, immediately available, with the remaining amount, if any, on the first Business Day after the day of your deposit. If you make a deposit at an ATM that is owned and operated by us before 3:00 p.m. on a Business Day, we will consider the deposit made that day. However, if you make a deposit at an ATM owned and operated by us after 3:00 p.m. or on a day that we are not open, we will consider the deposit made on the next Business Day. All ATMs that we own or operate are identified as such on our machines.