Checking accounts

Let's keep this simple.

What makes a good checking account? No hidden fees or funny business. No minimum balance requirements, either. And seeing as it's the 21st century, the account should be smart enough to take care of overdraft protection and low funds automatically. Sound good? Get started today.

BENEFITS OF OPENING A PERSONAL CHECKING ACCOUNT

A checking account is an essential tool in helping you build a budget and reach your financial goals. Opening a free checking account* with Members 1st Federal Credit Union enables you to:

  • Keep your money safe: Our team monitors your account 24/7 to ensure your account information remains secure.
  • Make simple payments: When you open a checking account with us, you have the option to receive a free Visa® debit card, which you can use to pay for purchases to eliminate the need to carry and manage cash.
  • Easily access your money: Checking accounts offer a convenient way to withdraw funds from ATMs. Members 1st has ATM locations across Pennsylvania, allowing you to withdraw cash anytime.
  • Manage your money from anywhere: When you download the Members 1st app, you can easily check your account balance and transfer funds into and out of your online checking account.
  • Transfer funds: If you have multiple checking accounts or a savings and checking account, you can schedule one-time or recurring transfers between accounts.

*Free checking requires enrollment in online banking eStatements.

WHY CHOOSE MEMBERS 1ST?

At Members 1st, our members are at the center of everything we do. Our mission is to help all members thrive while increasing their financial confidence. We offer a full suite of financial services, and opening a free checking account* with us gives you these benefits:

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Personalized Financial Services

At Members 1st, we treat you like a member, not an account number. Our team will work with you to personalize our full range of services, making it easy to manage your finances effectively.

Concierge Service

Our MyConcierge™ service helps you navigate personal financial milestones and products, as well as essential business decisions like different loan and account options.

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Trustworthy Advice

Whether you need advice on which type of account is best for your needs or assistance using our many financial tools, our team is ready to help and offer trustworthy, valuable advice.

Local Service

When you open an account with us, you will experience a high level of personal service from our associates who live and work alongside you in our community. We have multiple branches across Pennsylvania and look forward to meeting your financial needs.

Manage Money on the Go

Check your account balance, transfer money and receive assistance from anywhere with our Members 1st mobile app.

Pay your way

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Teller's checks (cashier checks)

A teller's check is a way to guarantee that your check won't bounce. The payment is moved from your account to a Members 1st escrow account, and we pay the check recipient directly.

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Certified checks

Think of a certified check as a more secure version of an everyday check. We certify that your signature is genuine and that you have sufficient funds, and we hold those funds for the check's recipient.

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Money orders

Need to send money by mail? Sending cash can be riskymoney orders provide a much safer alternative. 

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Overdraft protection and courtesy pay

Fee-free overdraft protection draws money from your savings to cover purchases that exceed the available balance in your checking account. If you don't have the money in another account, we can temporarily cover the cost with courtesy pay.

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TAKE CONTROL OF YOUR SPENDING

Financial health starts with understanding your spending. We set out to make it easier than ever.

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Powerful mobile tools

Our mobile app lets you check your balance, transfer money, deposit a check, and more.

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Free online bill pay

Still paying your monthly bills the old-fashioned way? With online bill pay, you can set and forget recurring payments—no postage required.

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Contactless debit cards

We offer contactless debit cards to our members for an extra layer of security and convenience when making purchases.

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Skip the fees. Save the trees.

If you choose eStatements and eNotices, you won't be charged any statement fees. If you prefer paper statements, we charge just $2 per statement.

Common Questions

If you suspect fraudulent activity on your account or have other account concerns, please call Customer Service at (800) 237-7288 or visit a branch. We can help you close your existing account and open a new account for your protection.

Members can avoid paying a surcharge by using a CO-OP ATM or a CU$ ATM. You won't be charged a surcharge at these ATMs. CO-OP and CU$ ATMs are located throughout the United States.

We don't charge members a fee for using our ATMs. You may be charged a surcharge fee from the financial institution or business that owns the ATM. Your Member Loyalty Rewards level determines the number of free monthly transactions you may have when using a non-Members 1st ATM, known as a "foreign" ATM. ATM transactions count towards the monthly allowance and include withdrawals, transfers, and balance inquiries performed at foreign ATM machines. Deposits made through a foreign ATM will not be counted towards the free monthly transaction allowance. Every ATM must advise if a surcharge fee is applicable.

Please note that other fees may be associated with ATM withdrawals and inquiries that exceed three per month on non-Members 1st ATMs and on returned unpaid ATM deposits.

You are eligible for a checking account at the age of 13. To qualify, you need to open an account and meet the criteria as outlined in our Membership and Account Agreement.

You can order more checks through our digital banking tools. You may also call Customer Service at (800) 237-7288 or visit a branch.

Your 10- or 14-digit checking account number and your 17-digit savings account number can be found by:

  1. Signing into Members 1st Online Banking and going to the "Accounts" page.
  2. Click the share product (checking, savings, etc.) where you would like to receive the deposit.
  3. Your checking or savings account number and Member ID for direct deposit will be displayed at the top of the page.
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OPEN AN ACCOUNT WITH US TODAY

Take the first step toward greater financial freedom by opening a checking account with Members 1st. Open your new account online, or find a branch near you to get started today.

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