Struggling to open a checking account in Arizona due to a negative ChexSystems listing?
While most banks use ChexSystems to review your banking history, there are some that don’t. Additionally, some banks offer second checking accounts.
Non-ChexSystems & Second Chance Banks in Arizona
We’ve compiled a comprehensive list of Arizona banks and credit unions that allow anyone to open a checking account, regardless of their banking history.
The eAccount from 1st Convenience Bank is a second chance account with a low monthly maintenance fee of either $5 (with e-statements) or $7 (with paper statements).
You won’t be able to qualify for check writing services or overdraft protection with this account. You can, however, purchase money orders and use online banking and bill pay. Additionally, enjoy free ATM withdrawals at Gold Key ATMs.
Alhambra‘s Basic Checking Account is designed for members who have a record in ChexSystems. You could qualify for an account if your history is a result of an unpaid closure or non-sufficient funds activity.
The cost is $10 per month, but you do get access to features like bill pay and free usage of Alhambra ATMs. You also get four free withdrawals each month at non-Alhambra ATMs. Thereafter, you’ll pay just $2.25 each time.
Rather than using ChexSystems to determine eligibility, America First uses your Experian credit report.
There’s no monthly fee for the Go Checking account, nor is there a minimum balance requirement. Plus, you’ll get free e-statements, online banking, and bill pay.
You can use over 80,000 ATMs for free across the country, with a daily withdrawal limit of $500. Your Go Checking debit card limit is $3,000 for purchases and $1,000 for POS purchases when you use your PIN.
Banner Federal is for employees of Banner Health System employees. Primarily in the Phoenix and Tucson areas, Banner FCU offers a second chance checking option.
The Opportunity Checking account is designed for individuals who want to establish a positive checking history. You get all the benefits of a typical checking account, but your activity will be monitored more closely.
If they sense your finances are in trouble, they’ll reach out to you. After a year, you can apply to upgrade to a normal checking account from Banner FCU.
BOK Financial uses ChexSystems for new accounts. However, they offer an Opportunity Banking account to help you get a second chance.
There’s a monthly fee with this option, which is $9.95 if you enroll in direct deposit, or $14.95 if you don’t. You get a debit card as well as online and mobile banking, and bill pay.
In addition to a large ATM network across the country, you can also request one overdraft fee refund each year.
The minimum opening deposit is $50. To save a monthly paper statement fee of $1.50, you can also switch to e-statements for free.
After you’ve managed your account well for a year, they could approve you for an upgraded checking account.
Copper State offers a comprehensive second chance account called Try Again Checking.
You can qualify if you have a ChexSystems record involving an unpaid closure or non-sufficient funds. Before you can open your account, you’ll need to complete an online personal finance course called CheckRight.
Once that’s done, you’ll pay a $10 monthly fee. If you keep on top of your account for 12 consecutive months, Copper State automatically converts it to the CashBack Checking Account.
Members of Corporate America Family Federal can apply for Fresh Start Checking. You’re required to keep $100 in your Regular Share Account and the monthly fee is $10.
You can also sign up to take an online class called Get In Balance. Use it to learn the most effective ways to become a successful account holder.
Rather than using ChexSystems to screen new checking account applicants, Cochise pulls a credit report. So if your credit history is better than your banking history, this could be a good option for you.
Start with an opening deposit of just $25. There’s no minimum balance required with this account but if you keep at least $50 in there, you’ll earn 0.05% APY on your balance.
You also get access to other checking benefits, including a Visa debit card, online banking, and bill pay. Membership eligibility is based on either your Arizona zip code or your local employer, so check to see if you can qualify.
Coconino FCU offers more relaxed eligibility criteria for both of their checking accounts. You can qualify if you have just one paid ChexSystems record.
Consider the Adventure Checking, which offers minimum criteria for opening the account. The monthly fee is $6, but there’s no minimum deposit or required balance.
Plus, you get normal checking benefits like mobile banking and deposit, bill pay, and no per check charge. Coconino FCU offers branch locations in Flagstaff and Page, Arizona.
First American’s second chance checking account offers a way to get your banking history back on track.
Your opening deposit must be $50 or more, but from there you don’t need to maintain a minimum balance. The monthly fee is $10.
With this account, you can use your account for 50 transactions each month for free. Thereafter, you’ll pay $0.20 for each transaction. You also get services like mobile banking.
Once you’ve successfully maintained your Second Chance Checking account for 12 months, you can switch to another checking option from First American Community CU.
Pima Federal offers a Fresh Start Checking account. It’s designed to help people get back into checking who have had some mishaps in the past. There is a low monthly fee of $10 a month, but an account with PFCU gets you all the following:
- Unlimited check writing
- Access to 50,000 and counting surcharge-free ATMs across the nation
- Debit card
- Mobile access
- Remote deposit
- Alerts and notifications
If you’ve been denied access to other banks because of past credit challenges, Pima Federal’s Fresh Start was literally made to accommodate people like you.
You can avoid a ChexSystems review with OneAZ (formerly known as Arizona State Credit Union) if you apply in person, in which case they’ll use EWS.
There are branch locations throughout the state, in and around Flagstaff, Prescott, Phoenix, and Safford. Check out the Arizona Checking Account, giving you access to both online banking and text alerts.
There’s a $7 monthly fee, but you can get it waived with one of the following:
- one direct deposit each month of at least $100
- at least 10 purchases with your debit card each month
- a $2,000 aggregate average daily balance of loans and deposits through OneAZ.
SunWest Federal is a ChexSystems bank, but if you become a member you can open a savings account with them. After one year has elapsed, you’ll be able to open a checking account, too, if the savings account remains in good standing.
It’s a bank worth getting your foot in the door to because a checking account with SunWest comes with many perks.
For starters, SunWest doesn’t require a monthly service fee, nor is there a minimum balance. Furthermore, they offer multiple overdraft protection options, free unlimited checking, and free mobile banking.
If you eventually get a Premier checking account and maintain a daily balance of $1,000 or more, you can get paid dividends each month.
Tucson Federal offers a second chance checking account for people who have had past incidents with other banks. To qualify you need to meet the following criteria:
- Over 18 years old
- Don’t have a current balance because of TFCU charge-off
- Don’t have a current delinquency with TFCU
- Don’t have a history of fraudulent activity on your ChexSystems account
- Don’t have any balances owed on your ChexSystems account
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An account with TFCU comes with many benefits similar to a traditional checking account.
By maintaining a good standing with TFCU, you will be upgraded to a standard checking account after one year. Additionally, you may be eligible to apply for a credit card at this time, if desired.
If you need to start rebuilding your financial history, Tucson Old Pueblo CU offers a checking account called Mission Checking. Mission Checking requires a $20 opening deposit, as well as a $20 monthly fee.
With this account, you get free online banking and bill pay, free access to in-network ATMs for both withdrawals and deposits, as well as a free debit card with direct deposit.
After a year has elapsed, account holders are encouraged to contact Tucson Old Pueblo and inquire about getting access to one of their standard checking accounts.
Once you’ve strengthened your financial history, you’ll likely be able to jump over to either their Nickel-Back or classic checking accounts (neither of which has a monthly fee).
Instead of referring to ChexSystems, Western State Bank uses your credit report for screening. If you have had some past mishaps with banks in the past, but have maintained a decent credit score, you may qualify for an account with WSB.
WSB offers four types of checking accounts, all of which come with unique benefits. They offer Free Checking, Future Checking, VIP Checking, and VIP Plus Checking. However, regardless of which checking account you choose, you’ll get:
- Free bill pay
- Free direct deposit
- Free identity theft protection
- Free online and mobile banking
- Free Telebank
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Non-ChexSystems Banks by State
Looking for more information and additional options available in your area? Select your state from the list below to explore your options.
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- New Mexico
- New York
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Washington, DC
- West Virginia