The Best Banks & Credit Unions in Hawaii That Don't Use ChexSystems

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ChexSystems can be a real pain to deal with when you’re trying to get a bank account opened in your name. It was established as a system to monitor and screen people who are looking to open checking and savings accounts. But the side effects of this kind system can result in you being unable to open a bank account even if you haven’t done anything shady.

Fortunately, there are still more than a couple of banks in Hawaii that don’t use ChexSystems for verification. We’ll be looking at some of these banks as well as what your options look like if you get flagged by ChexSystems.

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BBVA Online Checking

BBVA is one of the most well-known banks for Hawaii residents that are looking to avoid ChexSystems verification (BBVA bank uses Early Warning Services to screen new applicants).

You can open this account with as little as $25 for your initial deposit.

Features and Benefits

  • Bad credit OK
  • Relaxed account opening requirements
  • Free ATM withdrawals on BBVA ATMs
  • Online and mobile banking facilities included
  • Customizable banking alerts
  • Available nationwide (except Alaska and Hawaii)
  • Member FDIC

Recommended For:

Right now, a free checking account at BBVA is the only trusted option for customers listed in ChexSystems or looking for a Second Chance Checking account. With a high approval rate and excellent features and conditions, this is a fantastic opportunity to get back on track and rebuild your credit.

Local Banking Options

Following is the web's most comprehensive list of banks and credit unions in Hawaii that do not use ChexSystems and which may approve you for a bank account.

Please note that any unsuccessful attempt to open an account may have a negative impact on your credit history and score.

To avoid this, please check if there are any proven, top picked solutions are available in your area (listed above) or on our page with best non-ChexSystems banks and other banking alternatives.

See more: Comprehensive List of Non-ChexSystems Banks

Another note to add is that it's a good idea to get your free annual report and try to dispute ChexSystems.

This list also contains email responses from banks as well as applicants’ personal experiences and comments. This page is updated regularly, so please consider adding it to your bookmarks.

CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union

Form of Verification: TeleCheck

Email from Bank:

To become a member we would first have you open a Savings account. The savings is what establishes your membership with us. Upon opening a new checking account here at CU Hawaii, we run your Social Security Number through the TeleCheck system.

Types of Accounts Offered: Personal checking and savings

Learn more about CU Hawaii Federal Credit Union

Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

Form of Verification: Unicheck

Email from Bank:

We use Unicheck.

Types of Accounts Offered: Personal checking, savings and business checking

Learn more about Hawaii Community Federal Credit Union

Kauai Community Federal Credit Union

Form of Verification: TeleCheck

Email from Bank:

Before a Regular Share (savings) account is opened at Kauai Community Federal Credit Union, we must verify your identity. The steps that are taken for this process can be found by clicking on the following link connecting you with our website:

If you decide to open a checking account, we normally use TeleCheck to verify any past checking account history.

Types of Accounts Offered: Personal checking, savings and business accounts

Learn more about Kauai Community Federal Credit Union

Pentagon Federal Credit Union

Form of Verification: Credit report

Special Notes:

Anyone can open a savings account once they become a member but checking accounts are based on your credit report. They are known to be very picky about credit. Most are denied the checking account at this credit union and are only approved for the savings.

Email from Bank:

We will pull a copy of your credit report when you apply to open an account.

Types of Accounts Offered: Personal checking and savings

Learn more about Pentagon Federal Credit Union

HomeStreet Bank

Form of Verification: ChexSystems

Special Notes:

I called and talked to manager at the branch and they said yes they do sometimes open accounts for those reported to ChexSystems depending on the severity of the report.

Types of Accounts Offered: Personal savings and checking

Learn more about HomeStreet Bank

Banks and Credit Unions That Don't Use ChexSystems by State

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ArizonaMarylandPennsylvania
ArkansasMassachusettsRhode Island
CaliforniaMichiganSouth Carolina
ColoradoMinnesotaSouth Dakota
ConnecticutMississippiTennessee
DelawareMissouriTexas
District of ColumbiaMontanaUtah
FloridaNebraskaVermont
GeorgiaNevadaVirginia
HawaiiNew HampshireWashington
IdahoNew JerseyWest Virginia
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IowaNorth Carolina
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