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How to Obtain a Cashier’s Order in Singapore For Big-Ticket Payments: Step-By-Step Guide

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What on earth is a cashier’s order? You may not have seen one, you have never needed one but chances are, you are going to need it someday when you are truly #adulting. 

When it comes to large expenses such as the down payment of a house or a car, a cashier’s order provides a more secure way for transactions. Let’s learn more about it.

 

What is a cashier’s order?

Also known as banker’s cheque, it is like a cheque but issued by the bank themselves. 

How it works is that when you request for one, money is immediately drawn from the payer’s account and put onto the bank’s own account, making the bank fully responsible for it – until the recipient deposits it. 

It is available in different currencies, depending on the bank, to meet your needs. 

 

Why should you get a cashier’s order?

A cashier’s order is a more secure and reliable method to pay someone or receive money, rather than carrying around a fat stack of cash. 

Another upside of using a it is that it ensures that the recipient gets their money. Since it’s issued and guaranteed by the bank, it will not bounce back due to non-sufficient funds. 

So for instance, if you are selling your car, you should protect yourself and specify that you want payment to be made via a cashier’s order as opposed to a cheque to ensure that you won’t be cheated of your money.  

 

Cashier’s order vs cheque 

Both a cashier’s order and cheque are written documents that serve the purpose for transferring money. 

The main difference lies in the fact that a cashier’s order is guaranteed not to bounce, since the money has already been retrieved from the payer’s account when it is issued. 

On the other hand, regular cheques have the possibility of getting rejected if the payer doesn’t have enough funds in their bank accounts. 

For this reason, a cashier’s order is commonly used for property, brokerage or other big-ticket item transactions to protect the recipient/seller’s interest.  

 

How can you get a cashier’s order? 

You can purchase a cashier’s order at any bank branches or through iBanking, to save time and hassle.

To purchase it over the counter, all you need is your identification card (NRIC). The typical fee is $5. Since doing it via ibanking is free and doesn’t require you to go down to a physical branch, it’s better that you just do it online. 

Bank Fees for purchasing a Cashier’s order
POSB/DBS Purchased at a POSB/DBS branch: $5
Purchased via iBanking: free
(Fee is waived for DBS Treasures Banking customers.)  
OCBC Purchased at a OCBC branch: $5
Purchased via business iBanking: $5
(All cashier’s orders payable to your own name are free.)
(Fee is waived for OCBC Premier Banking customers.)  
UOB Purchased at a UOB branch or through business iBanking: $5
Purchased via personal iBanking: $3
(First cashier’s order payable to your own name is free.)
Maybank  Purchased at a Maybank branch: $5
Purchased via iBanking: $3
(First cashier’s order payable to your own name is free.) 

When depositing a cashier’s order, the time needed to get the money is the same as that of cheques: 

Cashier’s order deposited on Receive money on
Mon – Thurs before 3.30pm Next business day after 2pm
Thurs after 3.30pm Monday after 2pm
Fri before 3.30pm Monday after 2pm
Fri after 3.30pm Tuesday after 2pm
Saturday Tuesday after 2pm
Sunday Tuesday after 2pm

Have you taken out a cashier’s order before? Share with us when that was in the comments below! 

 

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