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Foreign Currency and Check Services

Traveling overseas? Sending or receiving international funds? Depositing a check from a foreign country? CEFCU® offers you safe, competitive options:

Did you know?

If you search foreign currency exchange rates online, you won't get the rate shown. That rate is usually the interbank rate, which is what financial institutions charge each other when trading significant amounts of foreign currency.  Consumers actually pay more, either as a fee or as a percent of the transaction for ordering and selling currency, as well as depositing foreign checks.

Foreign Currency Services

The safety of your personal and account information is of the utmost importance to CEFCU! You can pick up or drop off foreign currency you need to buy or sell at a Member Center of your choice.

Buying Foreign Currency:

  • Fee: Consumer rate on the date of conversion, plus $10 per currency.
  • Ordering options:
    • In person at any CEFCU Member Center
    • By phone at 1.800.633.7077, ext. 33407
    • Order currency for over 70 countries1
    • Request specific bills2
  • Delivery: pick up at a Member Center of your choice
  • Delivery Turnaround is 3-4 business days:
    • Orders received by 2 p.m. (CT) Monday-Friday (M-F) are placed that day (excludes holidays)
    • Orders received after 2 p.m. (CT) M-F will be placed the next business day (excludes holidays)

Tip: Order only what you think you’ll need to avoid conversion fees upon your return.

Selling Foreign Currency:

  • Fee: Consumer rate on the day of conversion, plus $10 per currency.
  • Conversion process:
    • Bring foreign currency to a CEFCU Member Center (currency convertible for 70+ countries)1
    • Conversion posted as a credit to members’ accounts in 2-3 business days

1 Check available Country Conversion List, or call 1.800.633.7077, ext. 33407.
2 Specific bills can be requested, but not guaranteed *and* foreign coin cannot be ordered or sold.

Foreign Check Services

Bring foreign checks into any Member Center to deposit into your CEFCU account.

*CEFCU may place a hold on the check.

Here are a few other things to keep in mind for foreign checks:

  • Once an order is placed, it cannot be canceled.
  • You are responsible for exchange rate differences, returned checks, and all fees associated with returned checks.
  • Checks can be returned to CEFCU for non-payment at any time in the future.
  • Foreign check conversion exchange rates will be the rate on the day the foreign bank processes the check.

Purchase a Canadian Check

To purchase a Canadian check (payable in Canadian dollars), call 1.800.633.7077, ext. 33407, or stop in a Member Center.