Don't go to the Bank! Oh Snap.
Did you just get a check? Pay check, personal check, Tax refund?
Don't bother going to the bank. Use the newest thing in mobile banking: your smart phone.
How it works....
1) Take your birthday check from granny and endorse it.
2) Whip out your smart phone with your banks mobile banking app opened up.
3) Snap a picture of the front and back of the check as instructed.
4) Hit 'Deposit' and log out.
You are finished. Enjoy the free time that you just saved. Enjoy the energy that you saved as well. The bank appreciates it too as it saves them money.
Most major banks have the mobile deposit platform. Check with them to get the most up to date version. They will also walk you through their particular process as all of them are tweaked to be slightly different.
When you are finished, write the info on the front of the check and discard it after waiting the number of days your bank recommends.
With the head aches banks have caused us over the years, it is nice to have them simplify a service for us.