Nebraska Uniform Commercial Code 3-103

UCC 3-103



(a) In this article:

(1) "Acceptor" means a drawee who has accepted a draft.

(2) "Drawee" means a person ordered in a draft to make payment.

(3) "Drawer" means a person who signs or is identified in a draft as a person ordering payment.

(4) "Good faith" means honesty in fact and the observance of reasonable commercial standards of fair dealing.

(5) "Maker" means a person who signs or is identified in a note as a person undertaking to pay.

(6) "Order" means a written instruction to pay money signed by the person giving the instruction. The instruction may be addressed to any person, including the person giving the instruction, or to one or more persons jointly or in the alternative but not in succession. An authorization to pay is not an order unless the person authorized to pay is also instructed to pay.

(7) "Ordinary care" in the case of a person engaged in business means observance of reasonable commercial standards, prevailing in the area in which the person is located, with respect to the business in which the person is engaged. In the case of a bank that takes an instrument for processing for collection or payment by automated means, reasonable commercial standards do not require the bank to examine the instrument if the failure to examine does not violate the bank's prescribed procedures and the bank's procedures do not vary unreasonably from general banking usage not disapproved by this article or article 4.

(8) "Party" means a party to an instrument.

(9) "Promise" means a written undertaking to pay money signed by the person undertaking to pay. An acknowledgment of an obligation by the obligor is not a promise unless the obligor also undertakes to pay the obligation.

(10) "Prove" with respect to a fact means to meet the burden of establishing the fact (section 1-201(b)(8)).

(11) "Remitter" means a person who purchases an instrument from its issuer if the instrument is payable to an identified person other than the purchaser.

(b) Other definitions applying to this article and the sections in which they appear are:

"Acceptance". Section 3-409.
"Accommodated party". Section 3-419.
"Accommodation party". Section 3-419.
"Alteration". Section 3-407.
"Anomalous indorsement". Section 3-205.
"Blank indorsement". Section 3-205.
"Cashier's check". Section 3-104.
"Certificate of deposit". Section 3-104.
"Certified check". Section 3-409.
"Check". Section 3-104.
"Consideration". Section 3-303.
"Demand draft". Section 3-104.
"Draft". Section 3-104.
"Holder in due course". Section 3-302.
"Incomplete instrument". Section 3-115.
"Indorsement". Section 3-204.
"Indorser". Section 3-204.
"Issue". Section 3-105.
"Issuer". Section 3-105.
"Negotiable instrument". Section 3-104.
"Negotiation". Section 3-201.
"Note". Section 3-104.
"Payable at a definite time". Section 3-108.
"Payable on demand". Section 3-108.
"Payable to bearer". Section 3-109.
"Payable to order". Section 3-109.
"Payment". Section 3-602.
"Person entitled to enforce". Section 3-301.
"Presentment". Section 3-501.
"Reacquisition". Section 3-207.
"Special indorsement". Section 3-205.
"Teller's check". Section 3-104.
"Transfer of instrument". Section 3-203.
"Traveler's check". Section 3-104.
"Value". Section 3-303.

(c) The following definitions in other articles apply to this article:

"Bank". Section 4-105.
"Banking day". Section 4-104.
"Clearinghouse". Section 4-104.
"Collecting bank". Section 4-105.
"Depositary bank". Section 4-105.
"Documentary draft". Section 4-104.
"Intermediary bank". Section 4-105.
"Item". Section 4-104.
"Payor bank". Section 4-105.
"Suspends payments". Section 4-104.

(d) In addition, article 1 contains general definitions and principles of construction and interpretation applicable throughout this article.




  • 1. Subsection (a) defines some common terms used throughout the article that were not defined by former article 3 and adds the definitions of "order" and "promise" found in former section 3-102(1)(b) and (c).

  • 2. The definition of "order" includes an instruction given by the signer to itself. The most common example of this kind of order is a cashier's check: A draft with respect to which the drawer and drawee are the same bank or branches of the same bank. Former section 3-118(a) treated a cashier's check as a note. It stated "a draft drawn on the drawer is effective as a note". Although it is technically more correct to treat a cashier's check as a promise by the issuing bank to pay rather than an order to pay, a cashier's check is in the form of a check and it is normally referred to as a check. Thus, revised article 3 follows banking practice in referring to a cashier's check as both a draft and a check rather than a note. Some insurance companies also follow the practice of issuing drafts in which the drawer draws on itself and makes the draft payable at or through a bank. These instruments are also treated as drafts. The obligation of the drawer of a cashier's check or other draft drawn on the drawer is stated in section 3-412.

  • An order may be addressed to more than one person as drawee either jointly or in the alternative. The authorization of alternative drawees follows former section 3-102(1)(b) and recognizes the practice of drawers, such as corporations issuing dividend checks, who for commercial convenience name a number of drawees, usually in different parts of the country. Section 3-501(b)(1) provides that presentment may be made to any one of multiple drawees. Drawees in succession are not permitted because the holder should not be required to make more than one presentment. Dishonor by any drawee named in the draft entitles the holder to rights of recourse against the drawer or indorsers.

  • 3. The last sentence of subsection (a)(9) is intended to make it clear that an I.O.U. or other written acknowledgment of indebtedness is not a note unless there is also an undertaking to pay the obligation.

  • 4. Subsection (a)(7) is a definition of ordinary care which is applicable not only to article 3 but to article 4 as well. See section 4-104(c). The general rule is stated in the first sentence of subsection (a)(7) and it applies both to banks and to persons engaged in businesses other than banking. Ordinary care means observance of reasonable commercial standards of the relevant business prevailing in the area in which the person is located. The second sentence of subsection (a)(7) is a particular rule limited to the duty of a bank to examine an instrument taken by a bank for processing for collection or payment by automated means. This particular rule applies primarily to section 4-406 and it is discussed in comment 4 to that section. Nothing in section 3-103(a)(7) is intended to prevent a customer from proving that the procedures followed by a bank are unreasonable, arbitrary, or unfair.

  • 5. In subsection (c) reference is made to a new definition of "bank" in amended article 4.