Frequently asked questions

Holds on Checks


Why was my check put on hold?

When you deposit a check sometimes the funds are not immediately available, and this is called a “hold.” Holds can be placed on checks for a variety of reasons.

For example, if a check is over $5,000, many banks will place a hold on the deposit for a set number of business days. Other reasons would be if a check is postdated or written more than six months prior to the deposit date. The purpose of a hold is to make sure the check is good — or that the bank receives the funds from the paying institution — before giving you access to the funds.

How long will my check be on hold?

There are many factors affecting how long a check will be on hold, but typically checks will clear and holds will be lifted in five business days or less.

For more information, see Funds Availability Disclosure in your deposit account agreement.

Have additional questions about holds?

We’re here for you. Speak with a banker at a BBVA branch near you or contact one of our customer service representatives by phone.