This article will discuss Wells Fargo’s overdraft fees, limits, and overdraft protection services. Here you will find helpful tips on how to avoid overdraft fees, the possibility of having fees waived, and information on exactly what you can expect if your account is overdrawn. You will also find useful information on the use of no-fee overdraft apps and cash advance apps.
Maximum Overdrafts Per Day
Maximum Daily Cost
Wells Fargo Overdraft Fee
$15/item (Wells Fargo Teen Checking)
2/day (Wells Fargo Teen Checking)
$30/day (Wells Fargo Teen Checking)
Wells Fargo Insufficient Funds Fee
$0 charged for items returned for insufficient funds
$0 charged by Wells Fargo
Please note: Merchants may charge returned payment fees of their own.
Wells Fargo Linked Account Transfer Fee
Unlimited if linked accounts sufficiently cover the overdraft.
$0 as long as accounts sufficiently cover the items causing the overdraft.
Have you found your Wells Fargo Account balance to be less than you thought it should be? Or, maybe you have bills due, and you’re not expecting your next paycheck for a few more days.
If so, you may be at risk of overdrafting your account. Wells Fargo offers overdraft protection for instances such as these. There are also some other tips and tricks to managing your financial flow if you’ve found yourself in a bind.
It’s best to avoid overdraft fees as they can accumulate rapidly at $35/overdraft transaction up to 3 times per day. We’re here to give you advice that can help you make the best financial decisions in this type of situation.
What we’ll cover:
- Wells Fargo’s Overdraft Policy
- Wells Fargo’s Overdraft Fees
- How Much Cash Can be Overdrafted From the ATM
- Wells Fargo NSF Fees
- Possibility of Waiving Wells Fargo Overdraft Fees
- How to Avoid Overdraft Fees
- What to do Next
What is Wells Fargo’s Overdraft Policy?
Wells Fargo defines an overdraft as any transaction that is made during a time in which there are not sufficient funds available to cover the transaction. Wells Fargo charges $35 per overdraft transaction up to three overdraft fees per day.
Wells Fargo allows overdrafts on the following transactions, at their discretion:
- Monthly automated bill payments
- Rent or Mortgage payments
- Transactions that meet your Wells Fargo Overdraft Protection Agreement
Wells Fargo allows opt-in overdrafts on the following transactions:
- Any transactions that can be covered by the balance in one of your designated linked overdraft protection accounts (Wells Fargo allows consumers to link up to two of their Wells Fargo accounts to their checking account for overdraft protection).
- Wells Fargo’s Debit Card Overdraft Service will allow you to make one overdraft transaction from your debit card, including cash withdrawal from the ATM.
Wells Fargo allows some transactions to cause your account to go into overdraft at their discretion. Some factors they may take into account when deciding whether or not to approve an overdraft transaction include account history, the importance of the transaction, whether or not there is a standard scheduled direct deposit to be expected soon, and whether or not you have an overdraft protection plan in place.
Click here for Wells Fargo’s overdraft coverage terms and information on their overdraft protection plans, how to enroll, and how to cancel Wells Fargo overdraft protection.
How Much are Wells Fargo’s Overdraft Fees?
Wells Fargo charges a $35 overdraft fee per transaction.
$0 will be charged for transactions that are returned (not paid) due to NSF (non-sufficient funds).
Overdraft fees that are covered by the arrival of a sufficient direct deposit before 9:00 am on the following banking day will be dropped or reversed.
You can avoid overdraft fees by depositing a sufficient amount of funds to cover overdraft transactions before the close of the banking day on which the transaction was made.
Wells Fargo will only charge up to three approved overdraft transactions per day, meaning the total amount of overdraft funds you can accrue per day is $135.
Wells Fargo does not charge a continuous overdraft fee to consumers whose accounts have remained in a state of negative balance. However, Wells Fargo may decide to freeze your account if its negative balance is not met within a reasonable timeframe.
How Much Will Wells Fargo Let Me Overdraft at an ATM?
Let’s say you only have $1 in your checking account, but you need $20 cash to do laundry.
Does Wells Fargo let you overdraw at ATM? The simple answer is, no, Wells Fargo will not allow a consumer to overdraw their account at the ATM.
HOWEVER, Wells Fargo offers a free program to allow debit overdraft service. If you’re enrolled in this program, one ATM transaction will be approved for cash withdrawal per overdraft instance. A one-time $35 overdraft fee will apply for this overdraft cash withdrawal unless sufficient funds are deposited before the close of the banking day.
Even so, the amount of withdrawal and final approval of overdraft cash withdrawal is still at the discretion of Wells Fargo.
How to enroll in Wells Fargo’s Debit Overdraft Service Protection:
- Option one: apply through your Wells Fargo Online Services Account
- Option two: change your overdraft protections in your Wells Fargo App
- Option three: Call Wells Fargo customer service at 1(800) 869-3557.
- Option four: visit your local Wells Fargo branch and ask for assistance. Be sure to bring your ID and account information.
You may also opt-out of your Wells Fargo Debit Overdraft Service Protection Plan by following any of the options above if you want to ensure you do not accidentally overdraw your account at the ATM.
Does Wells Fargo Charge NSF Fees?
Wells Fargo NSF fees are $0.
Wells Fargo does not charge NSF (non-sufficient funds) fees on returned items that were deemed non-payable at Wells Fargo’s discretion.
For example: if your account balance is $10 and the $105 check you used at the grocery store comes in for processing, Wells Fargo can decide to return the check unpaid to the grocery store. You will now owe the balance to the grocery store plus any returned check fees the grocery store may charge, but your account will not incur any fees.
Can You Get a Wells Fargo Overdraft Fee Waived?
Despite what many people may believe, it is, in fact, possible to get a Wells Fargo overdraft fee waived.
Public opinion on banks that charge overdraft fees has changed – overdraft fees can be considered highly frowned upon. Check out this recent article by Reuters for more information on Wells Fargo’s public stance on overdraft fees.
If you are charged for an overdraft transaction or transactions on your account, call customer service or visit your local Wells Fargo branch to ask if these fees can be waived.
I have personally had several overdraft fees waived throughout the years by simply speaking with customer service on the phone. The conversation went something like this:
- Customer service rep: Hi, thank you for being a loyal customer. How can I help you today?
- Me: Hi, my account has been overdrawn and I’d like to request a refund for my overdraft fees, if possible.
- Customer service rep: Sure, let me see if I can help you with that.
- <<on hold>>
- Customer service rep: It seems as though you’re expecting your paycheck to be deposited in three days. We will freeze your account until your direct deposit comes in and waive these overdraft fees for you since you are such a loyal banker. Is there anything else I can help you with at this time?
Easy-peasy! You can contact Wells Fargo customer service at 1(800) 869-3557.
How To Avoid Overdraft Fees with Wells Fargo
Overdraft fees are frustrating. According to AARP, overdraft fees and NSF fees add up to approximately 75% of annual checking account fees. Aside from utilizing Wells Fargo’s overdraft protection programs, you can avoid overdraft fees in a couple of other ways.
Option #1: Make full use of your Wells Fargo app
You can set low balance alerts on your Wells Fargo app. These alerts will notify you when your bank account balance has reached a specified (upon your preference) low threshold amount.
Option #2: Take advantage of no-fee overdraft apps such as Chime’s SpotMe*
When you enroll in Wells Fargo’s overdraft protection services, you are subject to the discretion of Wells Fargo.
No-fee overdraft apps, such as Chime’s SpotMe app, are not affiliated with Wells Fargo and will not use the “power of their discretion” over you.
Enrolling in SpotMe is free, and once your account is set up to receive a $200 direct deposit or more a month, you’re good to go with limits starting at $20 and going up to $200 – all with no overdraft fees*. Here’s an example of how SpotMe can help you avoid sky-high overdraft fees:
Example of SpotMe’s ability to save you money on overdraft fees:
Let’s say you’re living paycheck to paycheck (no worries, many of us are), and your best friend’s wedding is coming up suddenly. You need $100 for a wedding gift tomorrow, but your next direct deposit isn’t expected until next week, and you only have $5 in your SpotMe account.
You can simply make your $100 transaction from your SpotMe account. The debit transaction will go through without the $35 fee. Remember! If you were to overdraw your Wells Fargo account, even if you have enrolled in Wells Fargo’s Debit Card Overdraft Service Protection, you would be charged a $35 fee.
SpotMe is an excellent long-term tool. However, it will not provide quick access to cash. Check out option #3.
Option #3: Make use of a cash advance app
Cash apps, such as PopBox, which allows users to borrow up to $2,500 or 10 times more than most other cash apps, can help you get cash fast when in need.
While this is simply a short-term solution to your financial needs, it can absolutely help you make necessary payments, such as essential bills that need to be met.
Final Thoughts and What to Do Next…
- Remember that Wells Fargo will charge you $35 per overdraft fee up to three times per day.
- Don’t forget that Wells Fargo may decline payment at their own discretion when your account is overdrawn or will become overdrawn by a present transaction.
- Monitor your accounts closely to avoid unwanted fees.
- Contact Wells Fargo with any questions or concerns regarding overdraft fees.
- Make use of no-fee overdraft apps and cash apps if you feel you may need their assistance in the future.
Now that you know exactly what to expect if you run out of money more quickly than you thought you should feel confident as a Wells Fargo account holder.*Chime SpotMe eligibility requirements and overdraft limits: Chime SpotMe is an optional, no fee service that requires a single deposit of $200 or more in qualifying direct deposits to the Chime Spending Account each month. All qualifying members will be allowed to overdraw their account up to $20 on debit card purchases and cash withdrawals initially, but may be later eligible for a higher limit of up to $200 or more based on member’s Chime Account history, direct deposit frequency and amount, spending activity and other risk-based factors. Your limit will be displayed to you within the Chime mobile app. You will receive notice of any changes to your limit. Your limit may change at any time, at Chime’s discretion. Although there are no overdraft fees, there may be out-of-network or third party fees associated with ATM transactions. SpotMe won’t cover non-debit card transactions, including ACH transfers, Pay Friends transfers, or Chime Checkbook transactions. See Terms and Conditions.
Chime is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services provided by, and debit card issued by, The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank, N.A.; Members FDIC.