How to wire money with Wells Fargo

TransferWise
05.22.17
3 minute read

Wire transfers are one of the fastest ways to send and receive money internationally or within the US.


This is especially true when you’re an American emigrant and want to send international wire transfers to friends and family overseas.

This post will guide you through each step of wire transfers with Wells Fargo bank. You’ll also learn how long it takes and the fees you can expect to pay when wiring money online.

Wire transfers with Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo offers customers multiple ways to send money using the Wells Fargo Online program. With this service you can send domestic wire transfers to 200+ countries worldwide online or by using the Wells Fargo mobile app. ¹

Domestic transfers with Wells Fargo

If you are wiring money to someone in the U.S., Wells Fargo does have online options. Much like sending a check, Wells Fargo Zelle allows you to transfer money to someone using their email address or phone number. Depending on your recipient’s bank, they could receive the money in just a few minutes. Plus, transaction fees are currently waived for customers who make Wells Fargo Zelle transfers. This is much more streamlined and less expensive than the traditional wire transfer route.²

How to make a wire transfer with Wells Fargo

If you prefer to wire money anyway, there are just a few steps for getting started.³

  1. First, sign into Wells Fargo Online
  2. Select the Transfer and Pay option and enroll in online wire transfers to initiate a wire transfer.
  3. Choose your recipient, your funding account and amount (along with any additional details required for certain countries).
  4. Review and send your payment.

After filling out all of your personal and banking information, you will also need information from the wire recipient in order to process the funds transfer. This includes the recipient’s name, BAN (Beneficiary Account Number), full address and banking information. There is also a section for intermediary banking details that can be filled in.

Wells Fargo: International Money Transfer

To send money abroad you will also need international wire instructions:

  • Bank Name
  • SWIFT/BIC Code: You can check the correct BIC / SWIFT code here
  • Routing Transit Number
  • Bank address, City & State
  • Beneficiary Account Number
  • Beneficiary Name
  • International Routing Code (IRC) for certain countries, i.e. (Sort Code, IFSC Code, National ID etc.)
  • Reason for Payment for certain countries

Similarly, if you want to receive money from abroad to your Wells Fargo bank account, you will need to provide the sender with your own Wells Fargo international wire transfer details:

Bank NameWells Fargo Bank, N.A.
SWIFT/BICWFBIUS6S
Beneficiary Account NumberYour complete Wells Fargo account number (including leading zeros)
Beneficiary NameThe name of your account as it appears on your statement
Beneficiary AddressYour full address

Some banks would ask for your bank’s address as well. You can provide the address of the bank branch where you opened your account.

Wire transfer fees for Wells Fargo

Now that you know how to wire money with Wells Fargo, how much does it cost? The initial wire transfer fee will be written in on the Wire Transfer Request Form online. However, you can expect to pay the following wire transfer fees with Wells Fargo.

Incoming Domestic Wire$15
Outgoing Domestic Wire$30
Incoming International Wire$16
Outgoing International Wire$30-45 (depending on the currency)

Please keep in mind that the above fees are just an estimate and that the actual fee you’ll incur will be shown to you online when you make the transfer.

For local transfers, you can use Zelle to reduce the cost.

How long does a wire transfer with Wells Fargo take?

It can take between 1-3 business days to fully process a wire transfer with Wells Fargo. If you’re sending money to another Wells Fargo customer it could be up to 24 hours. For all other non-Wells Fargo transfers it may take 2-3 business days.⁴

Wells Fargo Cutoff times:

Cutoff times are displayed in all locations. The cutoff time for most Wells Fargo ATM locations is 9 p.m. local time. The cutoff time for deposits using the Wells Fargo Mobile app is 9 p.m. Pacific Time.⁵

Sources:

  1. Wells Fargo Website - Wire Transfers
  2. Wells Fargo FAQ page
  3. Wells Fargo FAQ page - Wire transfer online
  4. Wells Fargo Article
  5. Wells Fargo FAQ page - Cutoff times

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