Commerce and Trade


Uniform Commercial Code


Part 1

General Provisions and Definitions

This Article may be cited as Uniform Commercial Code — Bank Deposits and Collections.

5A Del. C. 1953, § 4-101; 55 Del. Laws, c. 349; 70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

(a) To the extent that items within this Article are also within Articles 3 and 8, they are subject to those Articles. If there is conflict, this Article governs Article 3, but Article 8 governs this Article.

(b) The liability of a bank for action or non-action with respect to an item handled by it for purposes of presentment, payment, or collection is governed by the law of the place where the bank is located. In the case of action or non-action by or at a branch or separate office of a bank, its liability is governed by the law of the place where the branch or separate office is located.

5A Del. C. 1953, § 4-102; 55 Del. Laws, c. 349; 70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

(a) The effect of the provisions of this Article may be varied by agreement, but the parties to the agreement cannot disclaim a bank's responsibility for its lack of good faith or failure to exercise ordinary care or limit the measure of damages for the lack or failure. However, the parties may determine by agreement the standards by which the bank's responsibility is to be measured if those standards are not manifestly unreasonable.

(b) Federal Reserve regulations and operating circulars, clearing-house rules, and the like have the effect of agreements under subsection (a), whether or not specifically assented to by all parties interested in items handled.

(c) Action or non-action approved by this Article or pursuant to Federal Reserve regulations or operating circulars is the exercise of ordinary care and, in the absence of special instructions, action or non-action consistent with clearing-house rules and the like or with a general banking usage not disapproved by this Article, is prima facie the exercise of ordinary care.

(d) The specification or approval of certain procedures by this Article is not disapproval of other procedures that may be reasonable under the circumstances.

(e) The measure of damages for failure to exercise ordinary care in handling an item is the amount of the item reduced by an amount that could not have been realized by the exercise of ordinary care. If there is also bad faith it includes any other damages the party suffered as a proximate consequence.

5A Del. C. 1953, § 4-103; 55 Del. Laws, c. 349; 70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

(a) In this Article, unless the context otherwise requires:

(1) "Account" means any deposit or credit account with a bank, including a demand, time, savings, passbook, share draft, or like account, other than an account evidenced by a certificate of deposit.

(2) "Afternoon" means the period of a day between noon and midnight.

(3) "Banking day" means the part of a day on which a bank is open to the public for carrying on substantially all of its banking functions.

(4) "Clearing house" means an association of banks or other payors regularly clearing items.

(5) "Customer" means a person having an account with a bank or for whom a bank has agreed to collect items, including a bank that maintains an account at another bank.

(6) "Documentary draft" means a draft to be presented for acceptance or payment if specified documents, certificated securities (Section 8-102) or instructions for uncertificated securities (Section 8-102), or other certificates, statements, or the like are to be received by the drawee or other payor before acceptance or payment of the draft.

(7) "Draft" means a draft as defined in Section 3-104 or an item, other than an instrument, that is an order.

(8) "Drawee" means a person ordered in a draft to make payment.

(9) "Item" means an instrument or a promise or order to pay money handled by a bank for collection or payment. The term does not include a payment order governed by Article 4A or a credit or debit card slip.

(10) "Midnight deadline" with respect to a bank is midnight on its next banking day following the banking day on which it receives the relevant item or notice or from which the time for taking action commences to run, whichever is later.

(11) "Settle" means to pay in cash, by clearing-house settlement, in a charge or credit or by remittance, or otherwise as agreed. A settlement may be either provisional or final.

(12) "Suspends payments" with respect to a bank means that it has been closed by order of the supervisory authorities, that a public officer has been appointed to take it over, or that it ceases or refuses to make payments in the ordinary course of business.

(b) Other definitions applying to this Article and the sections in which they appear are:

"Agreement for electronic

presentment". Section 4-110

"Bank". Section 4-105

"Collecting bank". Section 4-105

"Depositary bank". Section 4-105

"Intermediary bank". Section 4-105

"Payor bank". Section 4-105

"Presenting bank". Section 4-105

"Presentment notice". Section 4-110

(c) "Control" as provided in Section 7-106 and the following definitions in other Articles apply to this Article:

"Acceptance". Section 3-409

"Alteration". Section 3-407

"Cashier's check". Section 3-104

"Certificate of deposit". Section 3-104

"Certified check". Section 3-409

"Check". Section 3-104


"Holder in due course". Section 3-302

"Instrument". Section 3-104

"Notice of dishonor". Section 3-503

"Order". Section 3-103

"Ordinary care". Section 3-103

"Person entitled to enforce". Section 3-301

"Presentment". Section 3-501

"Promise". Section 3-103

"Prove". Section 3-103

"Teller's check". Section 3-104

"Unauthorized signature". Section 3-403

(d) In addition, Article 1 contains general definitions and principles of construction and interpretation applicable throughout this Article.

5A Del. C. 1953, § 4-104; 55 Del. Laws, c. 349; 70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4; 71 Del. Laws, c. 75, § 18; 74 Del. Laws, c. 332, §§ 31, 32.;

In this Article:

(1) "Bank" means a person engaged in the business of banking, including a savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, or trust company.

(2) "Depositary bank" means the first bank to take an item even though it is also the payor bank, unless the item is presented for immediate payment over the counter.

(3) "Payor bank" means a bank that is the drawee of a draft.

(4) "Intermediary bank" means a bank to which an item is transferred in course of collection except the depositary or payor bank.

(5) "Collecting bank" means a bank handling an item for collection except the payor bank.

(6) "Presenting bank" means a bank presenting an item except a payor bank.

5A Del. C. 1953, § 4-105; 55 Del. Laws, c. 349; 70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

(a) If an item states that it is "payable through" a bank identified in the item, (i) the item designates the bank as a collecting bank and does not by itself authorize the bank to pay the item, and (ii) the item may be presented for payment only by or through the bank.

(b) If an item states that it is "payable at" a bank identified in the item, (i) the item designates the bank as a collecting bank and does not by itself authorize the bank to pay the item, and (ii) the item may be presented for payment only by or through the bank.

(c) If a draft names a nonbank drawee and it is unclear whether a bank named in the draft is a co-drawee or a collecting bank, the bank is a collecting bank.

70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

A branch or separate office of a bank is a separate bank for the purpose of computing the time within which and determining the place at or to which action may be taken or notice or orders must be given under this Article and under Article 3.

5A Del. C. 1953, § 4-106; 55 Del. Laws, c. 349; 70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

(a) For the purpose of allowing time to process items, prove balances, and make the necessary entries on its books to determine its position for the day, a bank may fix an afternoon hour of 2 P.M. or later as a cutoff hour for the handling of money and items and the making of entries on its books.

(b) An item or deposit of money received on any day after a cutoff hour so fixed or after the close of the banking day may be treated as being received at the opening of the next banking day.

5A Del. C. 1953, § 4-107; 55 Del. Laws, c. 349; 70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

(a) Unless otherwise instructed, a collecting bank in a good faith effort to secure payment of a specific item drawn on a payor other than a bank, and with or without the approval of any person involved, may waive, modify, or extend time limits imposed or permitted by this [Act] for a period not exceeding two additional banking days without discharge of drawers or indorsers or liability to its transferor or a prior party.

(b) Delay by a collecting bank or payor bank beyond time limits prescribed or permitted by this [Act] or by instructions is excused if (i) the delay is caused by interruption of communication or computer facilities, suspension of payments by another bank, war, emergency conditions, failure of equipment, or other circumstances beyond the control of the bank, and (ii) the bank exercises such diligence as the circumstances require.

5A Del. C. 1953, § 4-108; 55 Del. Laws, c. 349; 67 Del. Laws, c. 330, § 2; 70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

(a) "Agreement for electronic presentment" means an agreement, clearing-house rule, or Federal Reserve regulation or operating circular, providing that presentment of an item may be made by transmission of an image of an item or information describing the item ("presentment notice") rather than delivery of the item itself. The agreement may provide for procedures governing retention, presentment, payment, dishonor, and other matters concerning items subject to the agreement.

(b) Presentment of an item pursuant to an agreement for presentment is made when the presentment notice is received.

(c) If presentment is made by presentment notice, a reference to "item" or "check" in this Article means the presentment notice unless the context otherwise indicates.

70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;

An action to enforce an obligation, duty, or right arising under this Article must be commenced within three years after the [cause of action] accrues.

70 Del. Laws, c. 86, § 4.;