Overdraft Prevention and Protection

Tools to track and manage your spending

Knowledge is power—especially when it comes to your finances

When you have a clear picture of where your money's going, it's easier to plan ahead and make decisions. The tools and services on this page can help you track and manage your funds, so you're always in the loop and up to date.

Prepare for the unexpected

Be proactive and layer multiple levels of protection.

Enjoy purchase assurance

Always know your balance and keep track with our online tools.

Avoid service disruptions

Stay in the know with security, card and account alerts.

Starting July 1, we're eliminating our $36 insufficient funds fee for an item returned unpaid, and we're reducing our overdraft fee to just $10. We're also lowering the overdraft protection transfer fee for transfers from savings and Checkline Reserve to $10.

Proactive protection

Educational resources

Brush up your expertise by exploring our growing library of Insights. Browse dozens of simple, easy-to-read articles in a range of financial categories:

  • Budgeting and Saving
  • Banking and Security
  • Calculators and more

Overdraft protection

Your checking account is already eligible for basic overdraft protection, but it's not your only option. Layering your coverage will help you prepare for unexpected expenses.

  • Savings: Link your checking account to automatically transfer money from savings to cover an overdraft
  • Checkline Reserve: Set up a revolving line of credit
  • Basic Plus: Add coverage for one-time debit purchases and ATM withdrawalsD

Direct deposit

Enjoy the convenience of recurring automatic deposits with our direct deposit service.

  • Great for regular monthly income (salary, pensions, SSI benefits, etc.)
  • Receive an alert when your money is deposited
  • Get same-day access to your deposited funds

Manage your money online

Digital Banking

It's easy to keep a bird's-eye view of your finances with our online banking platform.

  • Check your account balances anytime, anywhere
  • Set up a budget and track your expenses
  • Easily move money between accounts
  • View your monthly statements and set up alerts

Mobile banking

Download our secure mobile app and access Digital Banking on the go. You can even deposit checks without visiting a branch.

Zelle® payments

Zelle® makes it easy and safe to send money directly to almost any bank account in the US—usually within minutes.D

Stay updated with alerts

Log in to Digital Banking to set up and manage your security, card and account alerts. You'll receive a text, an email or both whenever an alert is triggered.

Account alerts

These alerts help you track your account balances, and they can be customized to suit your needs.

  • Get daily balance updates
  • Receive an alert when overdraft protection is used
  • Be notified when your balance drops below a specific amount

Card alerts

If you want to track debit or credit card activity, these alerts will keep you in the loop.

  • Get a reminder before payment is due
  • Be alerted if transactions exceed a specific amount
  • Know when your card number is used to make a purchase

Security alerts

Turning on security alerts will help you stay informed about changes to your Digital Banking profile.

  • Know if your login ID or password is changed
  • Be alerted when someone signs into your account
  • Get notified when an external transfer is authorized
Insights

A few financial insights for your life

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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.

Please see our Digital Banking Fee Schedule and Digital Banking Agreement.

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

Please see the Zelle® Terms of Service.

If the available funds in your account are insufficient to pay an item when presented, First Citizens Bank will make a decision on whether pay the item or return it unpaid. When we pay an item for which there are insufficient funds, it results in an overdraft. 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. Consumers are responsible for the payment of overdrafts and overdraft fees and have the option to decline this service. First Citizens Bank also offers overdraft protection programs, though this is not available on the Together Card. Please see our Deposit Account Agreement for additional details.

A US checking or savings account is required to use Zelle®. Transactions between enrolled consumers typically occur in minutes and generally do not incur transaction fees.

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