Free Checking

Keep it simple with a free checking account

Pricing

Get free checking when you go paperless

Enroll in paperless statements within 60 days of opening your account to keep your account free.D

  • Minimum opening deposit of $50
  • Choose your overdraft protection level
Benefits

Convenience without costs

Forget the fees

Avoid any fees on your account by meeting the above criteria.

Get overdraft protection

Choose between overdraft protection coverage levels including Checkline Reserve.

Get alerts

Securely keep track of your account activity with text and email alerts.

Spot spending trends

Use the Manage My Money trends tool to visualize your spending habits.

Pay with your phone

Link your debit card to digital wallets like Apple Pay® and Samsung Pay®.

Not quite sure? Answer a few questions to find the right checking account for you.

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

Your Family First

Do more for your family and finances

Simplify and manage the complexities of your family's financial life.

Online Savings

Save online, simply and conveniently

Open an online savings account with a low minimum opening deposit of $25.

Account openings and credit are subject to bank approval.

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

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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.

First Citizens does not charge fees to download or access First Citizens Digital Banking, including the First Citizens mobile banking app or First Citizens Text Banking. Mobile carrier fees may apply for data and text message usage. Check with your carrier for more information. Fees may apply for use of certain services in First Citizens Digital Banking.

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