How To Open a Chase Checking Account

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Chase is the commercial banking division of JP Morgan Chase & Co. According to its website, the bank provides personal banking services, credit cards, mortgages and other financial services to nearly half of the households in the U.S.

If you’re interested in opening a Chase checking account, you can open one in a few minutes on the bank’s website or in a local branch. Here’s how:

How To Open a Chase Checking Account

Steps To Open

  1. Gather the Required Items and Information
    • Social Security number
    • Driver’s license or state-issued ID
    • Contact information, including your name, address, email address and phone number
    • Note: If you are opening a joint account, both you and the co-account holder need to provide this information.
  2. Choose a Checking Account
    • Chase offers several different checking account options. Preview them by going to the Chase website, then click the “Open Now” button for the account you want to open.
  3. Fill Out an Online Application
    • If you are a current Chase customer, you can sign in to your account and use a prefilled application to open a new account. If you are not a current Chase customer, complete and submit the online application.
  4. Fund the Account
    • Chase does not require a deposit to open an account. However, you have to fund the account within 60 days of opening.

Can You Apply in Person?

If you don’t want open an account online, you can always visit the nearest Chase branch and open a checking account in person. You’ll need to provide the same information and documents outlined in the previous steps.

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If you want to open a joint account, applying in person is the only option. You and the co-account holder must go to the bank together.

Chase Checking Account Options

Chase offers four different checking account options. To determine which Chase checking account is right for you, review the details on each and note the key differences.

Chase Total Checking

The Chase Total Checking account offers access to 16,000 ATMs and more than 4,700 branches, as well as debit-card chip technology protection and 24/7 customer service. You also get online bill pay and mobile banking.

There is a monthly service fee of $12 for this account. However, Chase waives the monthly service fee if you meet requirements for direct deposit, minimum daily balance and/or beginning day balance.

Chase Secure Banking

Chase Secure Banking provides the services you need from a checking account. In addition to access to more than 16,000 ATMs and online banking services, this account comes with a fee waiver for counter checks and money orders.

There is a fixed monthly fee of $4.95 for this account that cannot be waived.

Chase Premier Plus Checking

This interest-bearing account offers priority service to customers, who get access to all Chase Total Checking benefits. Account-holders also get free checks and fees waived at non-Chase ATM transactions (up to four times per statement period).

Premier Plus account holders get other perks like a Chase First Banking account for children, a complimentary or discounted safe deposit box and no fees for paper checks. You can waive the $25 monthly fee by meeting certain requirements.

Chase Student Checking

Chase Student Checking offers three different accounts to meet student needs:

  • Chase First Banking: Available to ages 6 and older
  • Chase High School Checking: Available to students ages 13 to 17
  • Chase College Checking: Available to students ages 17 to 24

To open a Chase First Banking account, the child’s parent or guardian must have a qualifying Chase checking account. There is no monthly fee for this account. It comes with a debit card and access to Chase branches and ATMs.

Chase High School Checking and Chase College Checking accounts offer more services — namely access to online and mobile banking. There is a monthly fee for Chase College Checking, but this can be waived.

Chase’s Monthly Account Fees

Not all Chase checking accounts have monthly service fees, but those that do charge anywhere from $4.95 to $25. Some of these fees can be waived it you meet certain criteria. You can also get hit with fees for using non-Chase ATMs, replacing cards or making purchases outside the U.S.

You can avoid monthly service fees by maintaining minimum balance requirements, receiving qualifying direct deposits or linking your account to your Chase mortgage. Your deposit account agreement provides specific instructions on how to avoid fees on your account.

What Is the Minimum Balance for Chase Checking Accounts?

There is no minimum balance required to open a Chase checking account. However, you must fund the account within 60 days of opening it.

One of the ways to avoid service fees on some accounts is to maintain a minimum balance. Here are the requirements for those accounts:

  • Chase Total Checking: $1,500 beginning daily balance or $5,000 combined balance in the account linked with qualifying deposits or investments
  • Chase Premier Plus Checking: Average beginning daily balance of at least $15,000 in any combination of this account and linked qualifying deposits/investments
  • Chase College Checking: Average beginning day balance of at least $5,000 in any combination of this account and linked qualifying deposits/investments

Should You Open a Chase Checking Account?

If you’re thinking of opening a new checking account, take a closer look at what Chase has to offer. It gives you the convenience of a national bank, including access to thousands of local branches and ATMs across the country. Chase also offers a variety of services such as mortgages, loans and credit cards.

Chase frequently offers promotions to attract new customers, and you might be able to snag a lucrative cash bonus just for opening a new account. Check out the latest Chase promotions before you choose a new account.

This article has been updated with additional reporting since its original publication. This content is not provided by Chase. Any opinions, analyses, reviews or recommendations expressed in this article are those of the author alone and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by Chase.

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About the Author

Kim Olson began her freelance career after first pursuing an editorial career in college textbook development. She has a background in medical and legal transcription. Since 2006, she has ghostwritten thousands of articles for a variety of online venues with a focus on consumer finance.