Planning to deposit cash in your elderly mom’s account so she can pay her bills in Gustavus or Fort Yukon? Not if it’s at Wells Fargo. You’d better be a joint owner of that account or take your cash elsewhere.
In a sign that the modern world is moving to a cashless economy, the bank with the most branches in Alaska is only going to accept cash deposits into a checking or savings account if it comes from an account owner or an authorized signer. The policy takes effect in Alaska in a few weeks and will change the way some rural Alaskans handle their banking.
Most people in rural Alaska have little access to banks, and some either mail their cash and checks into the city or have others bring them in for deposit. The inconvenience of not being able to have someone deposit cash for you extends not only to family members, but can be a challenge for those who are in an emergency and are not plugged into electronic banking.