Having a history in ChexSystems can end up hurting your chances of getting a new checking account at a bank, especially if you’ve owed fees to other financial institutions and never paid them. But as long as you don’t have serious infractions in your background (like fraud), then you might actually have multiple opportunities to get back in the banking system.
You can find several credit unions and banks in Ohio that don’t use ChexSystems. They either don’t run a check at all, look at other factors, or offer a second chance banking.
Check out our list of banks in Ohio to find the best fit for where you live no matter what kind of financial situation you’re in. You’ll also find a few great online banking options, so you can apply no matter where you live.
BBVA is an online bank that doesn’t involve a ChexSystems background check. Instead, it uses EWS.
Even better is that the opening balance is a low $25 and you don’t have to pay a monthly service charge like many other second chance checking accounts. Online and mobile banking is available, and if you need cash, you can access 64,000 AllPoint ATMs across the country, plus BBVA ATMs.
Chime is an online account that lets you access your direct deposit money up to two days early. There are no monthly service fees or minimum balance required.
Although the account is based online, you can get your cash without paying any fees at both MoneyPass and Visa Plus Alliance ATMs. Chime also offers a comprehensive mobile app so you can manage your money with a few swipes of your finger.
With locations in Antwerp, Payne, and Harlan, Antwerp Exchange Bank only requires a valid photo ID to open a checking account. Most individuals will qualify for New Advantage Checking. The minimum amount to open is quite steep at $100, but there’s no monthly fee.
Online banking is included with any Account from Antwerp Exchange Bank. You can also access their mobile app, CardValet, which allows you to manage your debit card through your phone. When you need cash, you can visit any MoneyPass ATM to access your funds.
Buckeye State offers second chance checking account that comes with quite a few benefits including a free debit card, online banking, no minimum balance required, and up to $1,000 for overdraft protection.
In order to qualify, you first have to take a checking account management course. A $40 deposit is required to open the account and you’ll have to pay for checks to be ordered. You can only qualify for an ATM card once you’ve gone six months without a single overdraft.
They have a strong online banking presence and also branch locations in Akron, Canton, Alliance, and Shaker Heights.
You can access Second Chance Checking at Cardinal with no minimum balance and a monthly fee of just $8.95. You get the usual perks, like free online banking and ATM transactions. One key requirement is that you sign up for direct deposit. You also only get a debit card, but no checks with this account.
After a successful 12-month period, you can apply for traditional checking at Cardinal. Branch locations can be found in Ashtabula, Austintown, Mentor, Richmond Heights, Westlake, and Willoughby.
Bounce Back Checking from City National is available to people who need a second chance in the banking system. You don’t have to worry about a minimum balance, but you will have to pay a monthly service fee. If you sign up for direct deposit, the fee is $6.99 each month, otherwise, you’ll pay $8.99.
Another perk with this account is that you get two non-sufficient funds waived. You also get free access to the bank’s standard features, like online and mobile banking, bill pay, text banking, and mobile deposit. They serve multiple states, including locations throughout Ohio.
Try Columbus Metro’s Metro Merit Checking for another second chance option. There is a monthly fee of $10 but you do get unlimited check writing and withdrawals included, along with a free MasterCard debit card. You’ll need $25 to open the account and can apply online or in person at one of Columbus Metro’s branch locations.
You can choose from three overdraft protection options with the account, plus you get to take advantage of online and mobile banking. In addition to 20,000 surcharge-free ATMs throughout the country, they have branches in Columbus and Reynoldsburg.
Corporate America Family Federal offers Fresh Start Checking for those who have an imperfect checking past. You’ll need to keep $100 in your share account to qualify, plus there’s a $10 monthly fee. You can also take a free online course called “Get In Balance” to help you learn how to better manage your checking account.
To join, you need to be employed by a sponsor company. Alternatively, you can be related to an existing member, live within 25 miles of a CAFFCU branch, or become a member of the Hope Group. There’s a branch in Marion, plus you can access free ATMs and co-op shared branches throughout the state.
You can qualify for Second Chance Checking at Cortland Bank, even if you’ve been turned down elsewhere. There’s a $6 monthly fee, but that includes paper statements and ATM access.
The bank’s main office is in Cortland, but they also have locations include Canfield, Bristolville, Brookfield, Fairlawn, Hubbard, Hudson, Mantua, Niles Park Plaza, North Lima, Vienna, Warren, Williamsfield, and Windham.
Rather than looking at your ChexSystems history, Covington Savings and Loan only requires a proper ID to qualify you for an account. Their two accounts, Basic Checking and Now Checking, both have minimum balances required if you want to avoid a monthly fee. For an interest-bearing account, consider the Now Checking.
With either option, you can view your account information online. For in-person support in Ohio, you can visit two locations in Covington or one in Bradford.
Located in Dayton, Fire Fighters Federal requires a TransUnion credit report to be pulled, rather than relying on ChexSystems. There are multiple free Kasasa accounts to choose from, most of which allow you to earn rewards based on your purchases.
All accounts also get you access to extensive online services, including bill pay, mobile app, and remote deposit capture.
Despite the name, they have widened membership eligibility to include anyone who lives, works, worships, attends school in Montgomery, Greene, or Miami Counties.
For $10 a month, you can sign up for an account with Eaton Family. There are a few restrictions to qualify. You can’t have any charge-offs or unpaid collections to a financial institution on your credit report. You also can’t have any TeleCheck records that are less than three months old or any unpaid balances that are over $500.
In order to get the account, you must qualify for membership which can be achieved in a few different ways. One way is if you live, work, worship, or go to school in Lake County or Cuyahoga County. Another way is if you’re employed by a Select Employer Group. There are branch locations in Euclid and Willoughby Hills.
You can qualify an account at Firelands Federal with just a $25 initial deposit. After that, the monthly fee is only $5 and you can actually get it waived completely if you sign up for direct deposit. The account also comes with unlimited check writing, free digital banking, and a free Visa debit card.
To become a member, you’ll need to deposit $5 into a share savings account. You also need to live, work, worship, or attend school in one of the following geographic areas:
- Huron County, including the entire Village of Plymouth
- Groton, Oxford, Milan, Berlin, and Florence Townships in Erie County
- York Township in Sandusky, County, Ohio
- Adams, Thompson, Reed and Venice Townships in Seneca County, including the village of Green Spring
There are branches located in Bellevue, Bucyrus, Galion, Monroeville, and Norwalk.
Located in St. Paris, First Central is a small community bank that only requires ID to open an account. Regular Checking is the most accessible because there’s no minimum balance. You’ll pay a small monthly fee, but you get unlimited check writing capabilities with this one.
They also offer free checking accounts for students and seniors, or you can choose from two interest-bearing accounts if you have either $1,000 or $2,500 for your minimum balance.
In addition to the St. Paris branch, they also have locations in Christiansburg and Rosewood.
You can qualify for an account at the First Federal with just a photo ID. Their Thrifty Checking offers you mobile banking and a debit card. It comes with a low fee of just $2.50 and you can even get that waived if you keep at least $150 in your account. Otherwise, there’s no minimum balance if you don’t mind the fee.
All First Federal Bank of Ohio’s accounts allow you to access the mobile app either through the Apple Store or the Google Play Store. To visit them in person, you can find branches in Galion, Mt. Gilead, Cardington, Mansfield, Shelby, Sandusky, and Tiffin.
First Federal Savings uses Telecheck rather than ChexSystems to review applications. Their Basic Checking includes all the standard features you’d expect, such as online and mobile banking, a debit card, bill-pay, and e-statements. It does cost $7 a month, but this fee can be waived if you meet one of the following requirements:
- Maintain a minimum balance of $100
- Sign up for at least one direct deposit
- Are under 25 years old
There are two First Federal Savings branches in Newark, Ohio. The first location is downtown, while the second is in North Newark. Other branches are located in Granville, Heath, Pataskala, and Gahanna.
First Financial Bank’s CLEANslate Checking offers a fresh start regardless of your checking history. There’s a $50 account opening fee, but no minimum balance moving forward. The monthly fee is $10 and you get quite a few perks along with it.
You’ll receive a debit card along with free ATM access and you even get a free gift when you open at a banking center. There are also plenty of digital features, including mobile deposits and online and mobile banking.
If you have an open record on ChexSystems, you could still qualify for their Clean Start Checking. To be eligible, you can’t have more than three records in ChexSystems and your outstanding balances must be under $500. Also, you can’t have any outstanding items that are less than one year old.
Once you get the account, you don’t have to worry about a minimum balance and the monthly fee is just $5. If you successfully manage your account for a year, you can bump up to GenFed’s Free Checking or Dividend Checking.
Greenville uses a credit report check rather than a ChexSystems check to determine eligibility. If you get approved, you can opt for their Free Checking, which doesn’t have a monthly fee.
You do, however, need $50 to open your account. After that, there’s no minimum balance to maintain, making it an easy account to manage.
You can get a second chance account called Rebound Checking at Hopewell Federal. The monthly fee is $8 and you don’t get access to overdraft protection. But after a year of managing your account, you can upgrade to a regular account.
Hopewell has three branch locations: Heath, Newark, and Johnstown. You can start the membership application online to find out if you qualify.
You’ll have a credit report run when you apply with IH, rather than a ChexSystems review. You need just $25 to open an account and can choose from either Free Kasasa Cash or Free Kasasa Cash Back. Neither account has a monthly fee and you can earn rewards without a minimum balance.
They’re located in Springfield and Urbana. Membership requirements are broad, with the easiest criteria being if you live, work, worship, or attend school in the state of Ohio.
KEMBA Financial’s Fresh Start Checking is designed for people who’ve had banking complications in the past. You get unlimited check writing plus a debit card, and there’s no minimum balance. The monthly fee is $10.95, but you can get that lowered to $8.95 if you have at least $500 in direct deposits scheduled each month.
You can switch to KEMBA’s Hassle Free Checking if you reach one of the following milestones:
- Go 12 months in a row of less than 12 non-sufficient funds notices, OR
- Go six months in a row with less than six NSF notices and take a money management course online.
Liberty Savings Bank’s second chance account is called Clean Slate Checking. The typical eligibility requirement is that you can’t have more than three reports in your ChexSystems record.
While Liberty Savings Bank doesn’t have any physical branch locations in Ohio, you can still apply online as an Ohio resident. Local AllPoint ATMs can be used free of charge throughout the state for those times you need cash.
LorMet Community Federal offers an account that comes with a one-time setup fee of $25, plus use an additional $50 as your opening deposit. After that, the monthly fee is $9.95.
To qualify, your records in ChexSystems must be older than six months and you can only have one open record of no more than $500. Additionally, you can’t be suspected of fraud. LorMet membership is open to anyone who lives, works, worships, or goes to school in Lorain County, or in cities of Bay Village, Rocky River, or Westlake.
Miami University and Community Federal offers competitive Second Chance Checking. There’s no monthly fee and you get a free debit card along with ATM access and a free box of checks. After 30 days, you can even qualify for overdraft protection. The account also gets you mobile and online banking.
You do, however, have to call and speak to a member representative to open the account. Branches are located in Oxford, Hamilton, and Middletown.
If you have a credit score of 620 or higher, you could qualify for an account with Ohio University CU. There’s a Free Checking option with no monthly fee and no minimum account balance. You can sign up with either a $25 opening deposit or by enrolling with direct deposit.
You can also take advantage of CheckRight, a self-study course that teaches you how to budget and manage your checking account.
You can open an account with just a proper ID at Perpetual Savings Bank. Though they have a limited online presence, they have two checking options, both of which are interest bearing.
The first is NOW Checking, which requires a $100 minimum balance. The second account is SUPER NOW Checking, which offers two tiers of interest depending on the size of your minimum balance.
Perpetual Federal Savings Bank has one location in Urbana, Ohio.
Progressive Bank may run a credit report rather than pulling your ChexSystems report. There are multiple account options to choose from, with the most basic being Free Checking. There’s no monthly maintenance fee or minimum balance required. You do, however, need $100 to open the account.
There are multiple Progressive Bank locations throughout Ohio, including branches in Crooksville, Cambridge, Zanesville, Frazeysburg, Heath, and New Concord.
The Checking Builder account is Republic Bank’s second chance option. To qualify, you need documentation showing satisfied debts from ChexSystems. There’s no minimum balance with the account, plus you get unlimited debit card transactions, check writing, and bill pay.
The monthly fee is $12.95. That drops to $7.95 if you either sign up for direct deposit or use your debit card for at least 20 point-of-sale transactions each month. Republic Bank is located in several states with multiple branches in Ohio.
Sharefax has a Basic Checking option that comes with no monthly fee, no service charge for checks, and no minimum balance.
You also get 100 free checks each year. There are a few limits, though; for example, you can only use your card for $2,000 in purchases each day and only for $600 in ATM withdrawals each day.
They have branches in Batavia, Evendale, Mason, Milford, and Lebanon.
Sun Federal offers its members Fresh Start Checking. The monthly fee for this account is $10. After a year, you can upgrade to free Regular Checking if you meet the following criteria:
- Maintain a positive balance
- Have no more than NSF fees in 12 months
- Complete the Check Right program
You can find branches in the following locations: Maumee, Oregon, and Toledo.
You can qualify for Fresh Start Checking at Superior Federal even if you have a history in ChexSystems. You get a debit card but no checks, courtesy pay, or ATM deposits with this account. Despite these restrictions, the monthly fee is a low $5 and there’s no minimum balance that you’re required to maintain.
You also get free online and mobile banking and free access to withdrawals at MoneyPass and Alliance One ATMs. After a year of solid performance, you can switch to the standard Superior checking account that does include checks.
They have branches in Kenton, Lima, Fostoria, Coldwater, and St. Mary’s.
The Farmers State Bank relies on your TransUnion credit report rather than ChexSystems. If you qualify, you can sign up for the FSB Direct Account, which doesn’t come with any monthly maintenance fee.
You can even earn a small amount of interest if you maintain a balance of at least $100. Free features include online banking and bill pay, e-statements, plus free access to thousands of ATMs in the Jeanie Network.
Locations for FSB include New Madison, New Paris, Lewisburg, Winchester, Greenville, Springboro, and Portland.
Regardless of your past in ChexSystems, you could potentially qualify for Universal One’s Find Stability Checking. There’s a $15 monthly fee but you get a free Visa debit card and check abilities.
Membership is required to get the account. Branch locations can be found in Dayton, Kettering, Centerville, Huber Heights, Beavercreek, Sugarcreek Township, Miamisburg, Vandalia, Sidney, and Chillicothe.
Universal One also participates in shared branches and ATMs, getting you account access at thousands of locations across the country.
You may qualify for an account at Vacationland Federal with just a proper ID. If you do get approved, consider Regular Checking option.
You get unlimited check writing in addition to a free debit card. Additionally, you get access to free online banking and bill pay. Some members may also qualify for overdraft protection.
To get the account, you must become a member and open a share savings account with a $25 deposit. To become a member, you need to live, work, worship, or attend school in Erie County. You can find a branch in the following locations: Huron, Sandusky, Vermillion, and Norwalk.
Wells Fargo offers Opportunity Checking. The opening deposit is $25 and the monthly fee is $10. But you can get that waived if you use your debit card at least 10 times a month. You can also sign up for at least $500 in direct deposits or maintain a minimum daily balance of $1,500 to avoid the fee.
You can several find Wells Fargo branches in Ohio, particularly near the larger cities like Cincinnati, Columbus, and Toledo.
Second Chance Checking from Woodforest is another strong option to consider if you’ve had trouble maintaining a bank account in the past.
You’ll need $25 to open the account and get started, plus pay a one-time setup fee of $9. There’s a monthly maintenance fee of $11.95 but you can get that reduced to $9.95 if you sign up for monthly direct deposit.
Woodforest has a strong online presence. Locations include Dublin, Whitehall, London, Urbana, Springfield, Lancaster, Bellefontaine, Heath, Newark, Hou, Mount Vernon, Kenton, Xenia, Chillicothe, Huber Heights, Wilmington, Mansfield, Dayton, and more. Use their branch locator to find the location nearest to you.