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Try a new way to pay in cheques with your phone

Would you like to help us test mobile cheque deposits using your Barclays Mobile Banking app?

Send us an email at:
mobilechequedepositpilot@barclays.com 1

We’ll get in touch with you.

Banking to suit you

Bringing cheque processing into the 21st century

You’ve sent us plenty of questions and suggestions regarding the future of cheques. We’ve listened and have been working with the government, industry and other banks to bring the cheque payment system into the 21st century.

The Cheque and Credit Clearing Company (which manages the cheque-clearing system) has announced that from 30 October 2017 there will be a new image-based process. And, during the second half of 2018, all UK banks will be clearing cheques as images.

By the end of 2018, you’ll have:

Faster access to your money

Any deposited cheques will be paid by 23:59 the next weekday (Monday to Friday, bank holidays excluded) at the latest.

More options for paying in cheques

You can still do it in a branch, but you’ll also be able to use your Barclays Mobile Banking app by taking a photo of the cheque with your phone’s camera.

We’ll start introducing these changes from 30 October 2017.

Cheques that don’t clear

There are times when cheques you pay in using your mobile banking app need to be returned. For example, the account the cheque is drawn from may not have enough money in it to make the payment, or there may be a problem with the signature or date.

If that happens, we’ll send you a letter explaining why the cheque didn’t clear.

Apply to try it for yourself

You can experience the benefits of the new system before cheque imaging is introduced to the UK by joining our Mobile Cheque Imaging pilot. You’ll then be able to pay in Barclays cheques up to the value of £500 using the Barclays Mobile Banking app on your smartphone or iPad. Please email us at mobilechequedepositpilot@barclays.com to join1.

We’ll keep you informed about our plans to make cheques a sustainable, secure and convenient payment method for the future. Meanwhile, you can find out more by reading our consultation document 70 KB



Further information

More about cheque payments

If you’d like to understand more about cheque payments
and how they may be set to change, you’ll find the
following websites useful.

Payments Council
HMT, Cheque Imaging Consultation Page

For more information or to find out about joining our Mobile Cheque Imaging pilot please email us at mobilechequedepositpilot@barclays.com 1

See it in action

1. You must be registered for, and use the latest version of, Barclays Mobile Banking. This is currently only available on: Android phones running 4.0 or above with a minimum 5 mega pixel camera; iPhone 4S or above and iPad 3 or above running iOS 8 or above. Terms and conditions apply. Mobile Cheque Deposit Pilot Agreement 70 KB