How to Sign Up for Direct Deposit

UCI will no longer distribute paper paychecks on campus next year. Starting Jan. 1, 2020, paper checks will be sent to your home address via U.S. Mail. If you are receiving paper paychecks, we encourage you to do the following:

  • Update your Home Address: Verify your home address on At Your Service Online before Dec. 1 to ensure paychecks will be mailed to the correct address.
  • Sign up for Direct Deposit: Enrolling in direct deposit before Nov. 14 will ensure immediate access to earnings on payday.

UCI employees and others can have paychecks and other payments from UCI directly deposited into their bank account.It's quick and easier than getting paid by paper check. To receive your payroll net earnings through direct deposit or paper check, please follow the steps below, which will guide you through the process of signing up via the Disbursement Electronic Funds Transfer (DEFT) application.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Log into the Disbursement Electronic Funds Transfer (DEFT) Application

  • Use your UCInetID and password to log into the online DEFT application. You can access DEFT via ZotPortal or by following this link.

Create a Security Question

  • Select a security question to answer from the drop down menu.

Note: You will be asked to answer this question each time you return to DEFT.

Select Delivery Method

Option 1: Direct Deposit Election

If you elect to receive your payroll earnings through direct deposit, you will be required to provide information for the following fields:

  • Routing Number
  • Account Type
  • Account Number

Routing number is nine digits long and appears first on your paper checks

If your bank is not recognized in DEFT, you should contact the Payroll Office, 949-824-4568 between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Option 2: Paper Check Election:

If you want to receive your payroll earnings by paper check delivery, you must:

  • Enter your employee ID
  • Review and verify the Payroll Earnings Statement
  • Check "I Agree."

Review and Confirm

  • Review and verify all terms of service, and select "Submit."
  • You will receive an e-mail sent to your UCI e-mail account as confirmation of your election.
Need More Help?

For more information refer to the Payroll main menu or contact your department's payroll coordinator. If you need further help, contact the Payroll Office at 949-824-4568 or