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The health, safety and well-being of our customers, employees and communities continues to be our top priority. At this time, our branch lobbies will be available by appointment only. We encourage you to use our drive-thrus, which will be open during normal business hours, online and mobile banking and our ATM network. You can schedule an appointment by calling your local banker. Read more.

What You Need to Open a Checking Account

First decide which checking account or accounts you'd like to open.

We created a side-by-side checking account comparison chart to make this as easy as possible.

Next, click an "Open Account" button or visit your local branch.

These are the items you will need to start your application:

  1. Your Social Security Number
    We use this information to help authenticate your identity

  2. A Government issued ID
    This could be your driver’s license, passport, or state ID

  3. A way to fund the new account
    This could be a credit card, an existing checking or savings account 

With those items in hand, just follow the steps to complete the application for your account.

After you've set up your account, you can soon log in to our website to review your account, transfer funds and manage your money no matter what time of day.

Each Checking Account comes loaded with benefits you’re sure to enjoy:

Explore our Switching Banks Checklist to ensure your transition to a Great Western Bank checking account goes as smooth as possible.

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