Checking accounts that take the planet into account


Checking accounts that take the planet into account.

Unlike at other major US banks1, your deposits won't be used to fund Arctic drilling, tar sands mining or big tobacco. Get great checking without compromising your values.

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Any Deposit Checking

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  • Deposits won't fund Arctic drilling, tar sands mining or big tobacco
  • $0 monthly service charge with any deposit per statement (or if you are under age 25)2
  • No minimum balance requirement

1% for the Planet Checking3

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All the benefits of our Any Deposit Checking account, plus:

  • We donate 1% of our net revenue from this account to environmental nonprofits through the 1% for the Planet organization (at no cost to you)4
  • View the estimated carbon impact of your debit card purchases in the mobile app5


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  • Deposits won't fund Arctic drilling, tar sands mining or big tobacco
  • $25 monthly service charge waived with minimum combined average balance of at least $25,000 in Eligible Accounts7
  • No ATM withdrawal fees worldwide8
  • Interest-bearing account
  • No fees to purchase checks or money orders or for incoming wires
  • Special rates on CDs and Money Market accounts9
Mobile app with over 100,000 5-star ratings

Mobile app with over 100,000 5-star ratings

  • Secure biometric login10
  • Deposit checks anytime10
  • Use Zelle® for free to send or request money
  • Tap to view monthly cash flow

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Can I open a checking account online?

Yes, we offer the ability to open personal checking and savings accounts online within the states we operate in. Please visit our full list of products available to open online.

What is the minimum opening deposit for your checking accounts?

You can open either Any Deposit Checking, 1% for the Planet Checking or Premier Checking with any amount ($0.01 or more).

What is 1% for the Planet and how are they associated with Bank of the West?

1% for the Planet is an international organization that helps businesses make an impact by donating 1% of their revenue to environmental nonprofits. With our strong policies on sustainability, we are the only major US bank1 approved to create a checking account in collaboration with 1% for the Planet.

How can I learn more about your environmental policies?

Bank of the West has the strongest environmental policies of any major US bank.1 You can learn more about our environmental policies here.

Are there fees to send money using Zelle®?

There are no fees to use Zelle® through Bank of the West Online Banking or the mobile app. At times, Zelle® may send you notifications via text message if you have registered your US mobile phone. Your wireless provider may charge you per text message, so check your wireless plan before using the service.

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With any account you choose, you're helping to finance a more sustainable planet. Learn More

Any Deposit Checking    1% for the Planet Checking    Premier Checking

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Note: Bank of the West has branches only in the states listed in the drop-down. At this time, we only open accounts for individuals and businesses in these states.