Personal Checking Accounts

The right checking account puts you in control

Free

Make life easy with our simplest personal checking account.

  • Monthly fee of $0 when you enroll in paperless statementsD
  • Minimum opening deposit of $50
  • Manage your account anywhere with any device

Premier

Get the upgrade with the personal checking account that pays you interest.

  • Monthly fee of $0 if you meet just one of our qualifiers,D otherwise $18
  • Minimum opening deposit of $100
  • Enjoy preferred ratesD on EquityLines and CDs

Prestige

Sign up for the VIP experience—an interest-bearing personal checking account with the best features.

  • Monthly fee of $0 if you meet just one of our qualifiers,D otherwise $25
  • Minimum opening deposit of $100
  • Get the best ratesD on EquityLines and CDs

Answer a few questions to find the right checking account

Payments & Transfers

Instantly move your money wherever you need it

Pay your bills from any device

Send money with Zelle®

Transfer funds to other accounts

Payments & Transfers

Instantly move your money wherever you need it

Pay your bills from any device

Payments & Transfers

Instantly move your money wherever you need it

Send money with Zelle®

Payments & Transfers

Instantly move your money wherever you need it

Transfer funds to other accounts

Rewards Credit Card

Earn more rewards every day

Get more points on everyday spending categories like groceries, gas and streaming services.
Military Banking

Meeting the needs of those who we serve

Our military accounts help you manage your financial life from anywhere your job takes you.
Security

The same secure banking you've come to rely on us for in person, online

Security Alerts

We'll automatically send you alerts if your account credentials change.

Card Freezes

Temporarily freeze or unfreeze your card if it's lost or stolen, or if you suspect fraud.

Advanced Security

Rest assured that all your confidential account information is protected.

Insured

Your money is insured by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.

FAQ

People often ask us

Overdraft protection, including basic overdraft service with ATM and debit card coverage, is set on an account-by-account basis. This means you decide how you'd like overdrafts to be handled for each account you have. If you want overdraft protection on more than one bank account, then you must enroll each one.

Yes. You can opt in to basic overdraft protection and add premium overdraft services like savings and Checkline Reserve. In fact, layering your overdraft protection has a number of benefits. Not only are you more protected against balance instability and the surprise of declined transactions, but you also set the order of priority for how your overdrafts are covered. For example, you can prioritize your overdraft coverage to draw from savings first, then Checkline Reserve. Regardless of how you prioritize your protection, your basic overdraft service with ATM and debit card coverage will always be last.

When we say basic overdraft coverage, we're referring to the default overdraft preferences set up when you opened your checking account. This excludes any added overdraft protection services such as savings or Checkline Reserve.

When you open a checking account, you're automatically opted in for checks, other transactions made using your checking account number and automatic bill payments. This means that we may, at our discretion, authorize and pay overdrafts on these types of transactions. You can change your overdraft preferences for these types of transactions at any time.

When you open a checking account, you're also required to opt in or out of basic overdraft service with ATM and debit card coverage. This enhanced service adds coverage for ATM cash withdrawals and one-time debit card transactions. We don't authorize or pay overdrafts for these types of transactions unless you opt in to this service. If we don't authorize or pay an overdraft, your transaction will be declined. You can change your overdraft preferences for these types of transactions at any time.

You can find your routing number by selecting the state you opened your account. Routing numbers are often referred to as check routing numbers, ABA numbers or routing transit numbers (RTN).

You can also find your routing and account numbers on checks or in Digital Banking.

On checks

Your routing number is listed as the first sequence of numbers at the bottom left corner of your personal checks—typically a 9-digit number. If you have a business account, the routing number will follow the 6-digit check number at the bottom of your checks.

Your account number is listed as the second sequence of numbers at the bottom left corner of your personal or business checks—typically a 12-digit number.

In Digital Banking

Your routing and account numbers can be viewed online in Digital Banking. Select the account you want to see, then look for the details tab and select View Routing and Account Numbers.

Overdraft protection is an account management tool designed to help you cover a transaction when you don't have sufficient funds in your checking account. Eligible transactions may include checks, ATM withdrawals, debit card purchases, wires and electronic transfers. With overdraft protection, we'll cover a shortfall at our discretion so the transaction goes through successfully.

Insights

A few financial insights for your life

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Account openings and credit are subject to bank approval.

For complete list of account details and fees, see our Personal Account Disclosures.

Zelle® and the Zelle® related marks are wholly owned by Early Warning Services, LLC and are used herein under license.

Paperless statements are required. To be eligible for Free Checking, you must sign up to receive First Citizens paperless statements within 60 days of account opening. If you do not sign up and receive paperless statements, your account will be converted automatically and without prior notice to you to a Select Checking account and will be subject to the fees and charges applicable to a Select Checking account. The applicable fees and charges will be debited from your account without further notice to you and will appear on your account statement. If you overdraw your account, fees may apply. Refer to our Personal Account Disclosures for full details.

For current rates, please call or visit your local branch.

Avoid the $18 monthly fee when you meet any one of these criteria: $5,000 combined daily balance on select accounts (Premier Checking, Together Card, Regular Savings, Bonus Savings, Online Savings, Tiered Money Market Savings, Premium Tiered Money Market Savings, CDs, IRAs or an Investor Services Account), at least $4,000 in monthly ACH direct deposits, EquityLine of at least $25,000, or $10,000+ original consumer loan (new or used auto, light or heavy truck, boat, aircraft, unsecured personal loan, or mortgage [excludes mortgages that First Citizens does not retain servicing]).

Avoid the $25 monthly fee when you meet any one of these criteria: $25,000 combined daily balance on any First Citizens deposit account (Prestige Checking, Together Card, Regular Savings, Bonus Savings, Online Savings, Tiered Money Market Savings, Premium Tiered Money Market Savings, CDs, IRAs or an Investor Services Account), at least $6,500 in monthly ACH direct deposits, EquityLine of at least $100,000, $25,000+ original consumer loan (new or used auto, light or heavy truck, boat, aircraft, unsecured personal loan, or mortgage [excludes mortgages that First Citizens does not retain servicing]).

If the available funds in your account are insufficient to pay an item when presented, First Citizens Bank will make a decision on whether to pay the item or return it unpaid. When we pay an item for which there are insufficient funds, it results in an overdraft. The following overdraft fee structure applies to eligible Consumer accounts: First Citizens Bank will charge you $10 each time we pay an item resulting in an overdraft, up to our limit of four (4) overdraft charges per business day. We will not charge you for overdrafts caused by transactions of $5.00 or less, nor for items returned unpaid. You are obligated to pay overdrafts immediately. Consumers have the option to decline overdraft service. First Citizens Bank also offers overdraft protection programs, though none is available on the Together Card. Please see our Deposit Account Agreement for additional details.

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