Recent regulatory requirements now require customers to sign a consent form to participate in overdraft protection (Overdraft Privilege) plans for ATM and debit transactions. As you know Overdraft Privilege protects your checking account when you don't have enough funds in your checking account to cover a retail transaction. Please note that you do not need to sign the form to continue Overdraft Privilege for checks or ACH items.
To continue your Overdraft Privilege for ATM and debit transactions, please take one of the following steps:
- Stop by your nearest Verus Bank location and complete the form there.
- Call us and we will mail or fax the form to you. You can then return the form to us via mail, fax (see number above), or at the branch.
We know Overdraft Privilege is a convenient tool for many of our customers and we appreciate you taking the time to complete the required form.
Overdraft Privilege Service Policy
Verus Bank , National Association’s (“we, us or our”) offers the ODP Overdraft Privilege. If your account qualifies for ODP, we will consider, without obligation on our part, paying items for which your account has insufficient or unavailable funds, instead of automatically returning those items unpaid. This document explains how ODP operates.
Transactions that May Qualify for ODP
An overdraft occurs when you do not have enough money in your account to cover a transaction. Although there are many reasons why your account might become overdrawn, most overdrafts result from the following:
- You write a check, swipe your debit card or initiate an electronic funds transfer in an amount that exceeds the amount of funds available in your account;
- You deposit a check or other item into your account and the item is returned unpaid, which causes a negative balance in your account once your balance is reduced by the amount of the returned check;
- You have inadequate funds in your account when we assess a fee or service charge; or
- You initiate a transaction before funds deposited into your account are "available" or "finally paid" according to our Funds Availability Policy. For example, if you deposit a check into your account, the proceeds of that check may not be available to you for up to seven days after you deposit the check. If you do not have sufficient funds in your account—independent of the check—to cover the transaction, you will incur an overdraft.
The ODP Service applies to a variety of transactions, including checks and other transactions made using your checking account number, automatic bill payments, ATM transactions and everyday debit card transactions; however, we will not include ATM and everyday debit card transactions within our ODP Service without first receiving your affirmative consent to do so. Absent your affirmative consent, ATM and everyday debit card transactions generally will be not be paid under ODP. Participation in ODP is not mandatory. You may opt-out of the service any time by notifying one of our service representatives. Furthermore, you may revoke your affirmative consent to have ATM and everyday debit card transactions considered for payment under ODP without removing other items from the service. Simply inform us of your preference. As noted above, we retain full discretion to decline to pay any item under the ODP Program. This means we can refuse to pay any overdraft for any reason. Even if we decide to pay an overdraft item, absent an agreement to the contrary, such payment does not create any duty to pay future overdrafts. If we do not authorize and pay an overdraft, your transaction will be declined and we may assess NSF fees on your account in accordance with your account agreement and the fee schedule in effect at the time of the overdraft.
For each overdraft we pay, we will charge the standard per item overdraft fee set forth in our fee schedule (currently $32.00). We will notify you by mail if we pay or return any insufficient or unavailable funds items on your account; however, we have no obligation to notify you before we pay or return any item. The amounts of any overdrafts, including our fees, are due and payable immediately or on demand.
Accounts Eligible for ODP
ODP is a discretionary service and is generally limited to an $800 overdraft (negative) balance for eligible personal checking accounts; or a $1,500 overdraft (negative) balance for eligible business checking accounts. Please note that per item overdraft fees count toward your ODP Limit. We may in our sole discretion limit the number of accounts eligible for ODP to one account per household or per taxpayer identification number. Further, ODP is usually extended only to accounts in good standing. An account in good standing exhibits, but is not limited to, the following characteristics:
- The account has been open for at least thirty (30) days;
- The account has deposits totaling at least $400 or more within each thirty (30) day period;
- The account demonstrates consistent deposit activity;
- The account owner is current on all loan obligations with us; and
- The account is not subject to any legal or administrative order or levy, such as bankruptcy or tax lien.
We offer an additional overdraft protection service that you may apply for. This service is a “Transfer” (from another account of yours with us) Overdraft Protection. If you apply for this optional service, you may save money on the total fees you pay us for overdraft protection services. Overdrafts should not be used to pay ordinary or routine expenses and you should not rely on overdrafts as a means to cover these expenses. If at any time you feel you need help with your financial obligations, please contact one of our service representatives at (316) 788-1111.