Is it safe to open a checking account online?
Is it safe to open a checking account online?
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You can buy groceries online, shop for clothes online, and use the internet to answer just about any question you have. Yet for many people it's hard to imagine being able to do something as essential as opening a checking account online. The good news is...


Opening an account online is easy


Online banking in general just keeps getting easier. Most banks and credit unions allow people to do most of what they need to online, securely.


Many banks and credit unions go even further, letting you do things like make deposits and transfer money between accounts online as well. Online banking is becoming such a norm that any bank that doesn't currently offer it probably will soon, and have a mobile app to match.


If you're looking to open a checking account online, getting started takes just a few minutes. (Also, all of the community banks and credit unions that offer Kasasa accounts allow online account opening.)


But is opening a checking account online safe?


We're glad you asked. Banks and credit unions have a huge incentive to keep your accounts safe. It's one of their main jobs, so you can rest assured that your security is their utmost concern.


Here's how you can be confident your money and information are safe when you open an account online:


How long does it take to open a checking account online?


It varies, but usually just a few minutes. As long as collecting the information you need doesn't take too long, in most cases you can expect it to take 30 minutes tops - less for Kasasa accounts.


To speed things up, have these items ready before you begin:


  • Your driver's license or state-issued ID

  • Your Social Security number

  • Your checkbook (note that some institutions may also let you make the opening deposit via a credit or debit card)

  • Your current and previous home addresses

The process is pretty quick, but there will usually be a few days between applying for your checking account online and the bank or credit union activating it. For Kasasa accounts, it’s three business days or less.


You've got time. Let's get started.

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These local institutions have roots in their communities, care about people over profits, and are actively invested in local businesses to help keep the economy strong (unlike some of the megabanks we could name).

We believe you shouldn't have to choose between the best banking products, the best customer experience, or keeping your money local, where it can do more good. We've created ethical banking products and partnered exclusively with community banks and credit unions. So you can have it all.

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