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 Maryland 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.
BBVA is one of the most well-known banks for Maryland 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
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 Maryland 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.
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.
I have called many many locations in several different states and they are indicating to me that they do NOT use ChexSystems and they do not run a credit report at all. I was not buying it at first so I kept calling more and more locations and I finally talked to a manager that told me how they were using ChexSystems in the past but they no longer do. He said all you need is
- 2 IDs
- SS card
- Something that reflect a current address if ID is not correct
Types of Accounts Offered: Personal checking, savings and business checking accountsLearn more about United Bank
Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore
Form of Verification: ChexSystems
Email from Bank:
You can open a Savings account but you would need to provide proof of payment before a Checking account is opened.
Types of Accounts Offered: Savings, possibly checkingLearn more about Municipal Employees Credit Union of Baltimore
Woodforest National Bank
Form of Verification: ChexSystems and TeleCheck
2nd Chance account is $7.95 if you have direct deposit. $9.95 if you do not.
$25.00 one time debit card processing fee There is a 15.00 monthly fee FOR A BUSINESS ACCOUNT.
However, in 6 months or less, the branch determines if you can move to a regular account or open a savings in addition to the second chance account, regular accounts, you can open immediately! (Complimentary overdraft) requiring no credit will kick in after 30 days. It is $500 for direct deposit or $300 without it.
ALSO! Phone and Online banking are immediate overnight and they're open 7 days! They are VERY friendly and nice to those reported to ChexSystems.
Email from Bank:
Before you can open an account with Woodforest National Bank we do run TeleCheck and ChexSystems. If you have any unpaid closures reported by a merchant or another financial institution on either one of these reports you will only qualify for our Second Chance Checking account. You will be able to open an account with us as long as we are able to properly verify your identity and you do not have an unpaid charged off account with Woodforest National Bank.
Types of Accounts Offered: Second chance checkingLearn more about Woodforest National Bank
Pentagon Federal Credit Union
Form of Verification: Credit report
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 savingsLearn more about Pentagon Federal Credit Union
Greenbelt Federal Credit Union
Form of Verification: TeleCheck
Email from Bank:
We use TeleCheck when opening a checking account.
Types of Accounts Offered: Personal savings and checking accountsLearn more about Greenbelt Federal Credit Union