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What items do I need to verify when preparing a deposit?

When you are preparing a deposit, please verify the following information on each cheque:


  • Personal cheques are valid only for six months.
  • A cheque that says Certified Service is a personal cheque, not a certified cheque.

Pay to

  • Must be payable to the University of Toronto.
  • Cheques made payable to a department within the University are also acceptable.
  • If a cheque is payable to a person, that person must endorse the cheque over to the University of Toronto by writing on the back of the cheque ‘Pay to the University of Toronto – for deposit only’ and sign it.

Body and figures

  • The written amount (body) must agree with the numeric amount (figures).
  • If the body and figures disagree in cents only, the cheque may still be deposited.


  • All personal cheques, certified cheques and traveler’s cheques must be signed.
  • Bank drafts and money orders do not require signatures.


  • The currency of the cheque must be the same as the currency used by the bank from which it is drawn.
  • If they differ, the bank will send the cheque for collection at a service charge, which is approximately $30 – $50.
  • It is preferable to have the cheque reissued as an international money order in Canadian dollars.

It should be noted that, immediately upon receipt, all cheques must be restrictively endorsed. Stamp or write on the back of each cheque:

For Deposit Only Governing Council of the University of Toronto

What are the most common deposit errors?

The most common errors for deposits areas follows:

  • The deposit form is not properly authorized. The completed form needs to be signed by the authorized approver or delegated signing authority.
  • Return envelopes are not provided. A self address return envelope is required for all internal bank deposits. This envelope is then used to return a copy of the bank deposit form with the cashier’s signature as proof deposit was received. This copy is required to be filed in the department for audit purposes.

Timing of deposits.

  • When the deposit transaction is processed in FIS, the actual deposit must be delivered to the cashier’s office on the same day.

How many copies of the deposit form do I need to submit?

  • Send two copies of the Internal Cash Receipt Deposit form and a self-addressed return envelope for all deposits that are delivered to the cashier’s office.
  • Send one copy of the Direct Bank Deposit form for all deposits that were taken to the bank directly.
  • No return envelope is required.