Can You Mobile Deposit a Money Order/Deposit It Online? Answered

Short Answer: You can use mobile deposit for money orders with certain banks, including Citibank, Fifth Third Bank, and Wells Fargo. You can also mobile deposit a money order if you have a PayPal Cash Plus account. Below, we detail how to deposit money orders with your phone, including which banks and credit unions let you use mobile deposit — and which ones don’t.

Can You Deposit a Money Order Through Mobile Deposit?

Some (but not all) banks and credit unions allow account holders to deposit money orders through mobile deposit. The process for depositing a money order using a mobile app is the same as depositing a check. The general steps are:

  • Sign the back of the money order and write your bank account number beneath your signature.
  • Open the mobile app and take photos of the front and back of the money order. Images must be clearly readable, and all four corners of the money order must be visible in the photos.
  • Follow the app’s on-screen instructions to finish submitting your deposit.

Some mobile apps may vary slightly, so it’s important to read the on-screen instructions on your bank’s or credit union’s mobile app before depositing a money order. Note that banks also set maximum limits on the amount you can deposit through their mobile apps.

In most cases, the funds from money orders deposited through a mobile banking app will not be immediately available. Mobile deposit apps follow federal regulations, which state that deposits (including money orders) must be made available by the second or fifth day after deposit.[1][2] Our research found that most banks will make up to about $200 of a money order deposit available by the next business day, with the remainder of the funds clearing in three to five business days.

For more information about how money orders work, see our full money order FAQ.

Banks and Credit Unions That Allow Mobile Deposits for Money Orders

The following banks and credit unions will accept money orders deposited through their mobile banking apps:

Alliant Credit Union

  • Platforms: iPhone, iPad, Android[3]
  • Mobile deposit limits: Vary depending on the number of accounts you own and their eligibility; however, your individual daily limit will appear below the amount field when submitting a mobile deposit.[4]
  • Download the app

Chase Bank

Note: Chase QuickDeposit only accepts money orders for business/commercial accounts.[5]

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[6]
  • Mobile deposit limits: $10,000 per day and $25,000 in 30 days[7]
  • Download the app

Citibank

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[8]
  • Mobile deposit limits: Varies depending on account type and age[9]
  • Download the app

Fifth Third Bank

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[10]
  • Mobile deposit limits: Vary by account type; you’ll see your deposit limit in the app after you select “Check Deposit”[11]
  • Download the app

HSBC

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[12]
  • Mobile deposit limits: $4,000 per day and $10,000 per month for personal accounts; $5,000 per day and $15,000 per month for HSBC Advance accounts; $10,000 per day and $25,000 per month for HSBC Premier accounts[13]
  • Download the app

KeyBank

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[14]
  • Mobile deposit limits: $5,000 in 30 days for most accounts; $10,000 in 30 days for relationship banking accounts[15]
  • Download the app

M&T Bank

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[16]
  • Mobile deposit limits: Vary by account type; log in to the mobile app or online banking website to find your deposit limits under Mobile Deposit in the Services menu[17]
  • Download the app

Mountain America Credit Union (MACU)

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[18]
  • Mobile deposit limits: Ten deposits or $5,000 per day, whichever comes first[19]
  • Download the app

PenFed Credit Union

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[20]
  • Mobile deposit limits: Varies depending on your account type and history[21]
  • Download the app

TD Bank

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[22]
  • Mobile deposit limits: Varies depending on how long you’ve had your account; $1,000 to $2,500 per day and $2,500 to $6,000 within 30 days[23]
  • Download the app

U.S. Bank

  • Platforms: iOS and Android[24]
  • Mobile deposit limits: Vary by account type; log into the app and tap “Deposits,” then “Deposit a Check” to see your daily and weekly limits.[25]
  • Download the app

PayPal Money Order Deposits

If you don’t have an account with one of the banks listed above, you can deposit a money order online using the PayPal app and your PayPal Cash Plus account. The PayPal app includes a “Cash a Check” service that allows you to mobile deposit various check types, including money orders ranging from $5 to $5,000.[26]

If you’re willing to wait 10 days for processing, you can make a deposit for free;[27] instant processing is available for 5% of the money order amount (with a $5 minimum).[28] Once the money is added to your PayPal account balance, you can use it to pay for PayPal transactions or transfer it to your bank account.[29]

The PayPal app is available for iOS and Android. Note that you must have (or join) the Cash Plus account type to use the Cash a Check function.[30]

Banks/Credit Unions That Don’t Allow Mobile Deposits for Money Orders

The following banks and credit unions offer mobile deposit services for account holders — but not for money orders. We include information about how to deposit a money order at each bank. Note that if using an ATM to deposit a money order, you’ll need to use an ATM owned by your bank rather than a third-party ATM (such as those inside of retail stores).

Ally Bank

  • How to deposit money orders: Mail to Ally Bank, P.O. Box 13625, Philadelphia, PA 19101[31]

Bank of America

BB&T Bank

BMO Harris

Chartway Federal Credit Union

Connexus Credit Union

Navy Federal Credit Union

PNC

Regions Bank

Santander Bank

Wells Fargo

  1. https://www.federalreserve.gov/supervisionreg/regcccg.htm[]
  2. https://www.ffiec.gov/exam/check21/documents/reg%20cc%20exam%20proc.pdf[]
  3. https://www.alliantcreditunion.org/credit-union-benefits/credit-union-mobile-banking[]
  4. Alliant Credit Union customer service (800) 328-1935[]
  5. https://www.chase.com/business/online-banking/quick-deposit[]
  6. https://www.chase.com/digital/mobile-banking[]
  7. https://recovery.chase.com/digitalbusinessbanking[]
  8. https://online.citi.com/US/JRS/pands/detail.do?ID=CitiMobile[]
  9. Citibank customer service (800) 374-9700[]
  10. https://www.53.com/content/fifth-third/en/personal-banking/bank/online-mobile-banking/mobile-banking.html[]
  11. Fifth Third Bank customer service (866) 671-5353[]
  12. https://www.us.hsbc.com/mobile-banking/[]
  13. https://www.us.hsbc.com/mobile-banking/faq/#deposit[]
  14. https://www.key.com/personal/online-banking/mobile-app.jsp[]
  15. https://www.key.com/personal/online-banking/online-banking-questions.jsp[]
  16. https://www3.mtb.com/personal-banking/online-mobile-services/mt-mobile-banking[]
  17. https://asset.mtb.com/Documents/html/DSA.htm#F2[]
  18. https://www.macu.com/services/online-banking[]
  19. https://www.macu.com/media/pdf/agreements.pdf[]
  20. https://www.penfed.org/mobile-app[]
  21. PenFed Credit Union customer service (800) 247-5626[]
  22. https://www.td.com/us/en/personal-banking/online-banking/?tdtab=1[]
  23. https://wowzone.tdbank.com/app/faqs.html[]
  24. https://www.usbank.com/online-mobile-banking/mobile-banking.html#gettheapp[]
  25. https://www.usbank.com/online-mobile-banking/mobile-check-deposit.html[]
  26. https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/article/faq3728[]
  27. https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/article/faq3730[]
  28. https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/article/faq3735[]
  29. https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/article/how-do-i-transfer-money-to-my-bank-account-faq1189[]
  30. https://www.paypal.com/us/smarthelp/article/what-is-the-cash-a-check-service-in-the-paypal-app-faq3725[]
  31. https://www.ally.com/help/bank/deposits.html[]
  32. https://www.bankofamerica.com/online-banking/mobile-check-deposit-faqs/[]
  33. https://www.bbt.com/online-access/mobile-banking/mobile-faq.html[]
  34. BMO Harris customer service (888) 340-2265[]
  35. Chartway Federal Credit Union customer service (800) 678-8765[]
  36. https://www.connexuscu.org/manage/digital/mobile-deposit/[]
  37. Navy Federal Credit Union customer service (888) 842-6328[]
  38. PNC customer service (888) 762-2265[]
  39. https://www.regions.com/help/online-banking-help/mobile-deposit#Q07[]
  40. https://customerservice.santanderbank.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/7612/~/what-types-of-checks-are-accepted-in-santander%E2%80%99s-mobile-checking-deposit%3F[]
  41. https://www.wellsfargo.com/help/mobile-features/mobile-deposit-faqs/[]
  42. Wells Fargo customer service (800) 869-3557[]