Institutions Great Western Bank

Does Great Western Bank Use ChexSystems? Is it Good for Bad Credit?

Considering Great Western Bank or already applying for its account? Find out whether Great Western Bank uses ChexSystems and offers a second chance checking or savings account.

You walk into your local bank branch and sit down with your bank representative to talk about opening a checking account. Maybe you’ve been through some financial difficulties in the past, but you are ready to get back on track. But maybe not. You may think your financials are in good shape.

You wait with bated breath through the application process, only to let it out in a sigh of disappointment.

The banking representative turns to you and says, “I’m sorry, but we can’t open an account for you right now. You were rejected by ChexSystems.”

At that point, the banker probably explained ChexSystems to you in detail. If you haven't already, you can read our in-depth guide to ChexSystems and ChexSystems removal, and why it may be having a negative impact on your financial life.

Denials like these are surprisingly common. In fact, CNN has reported that approximately 15% of bank applicants are denied regular bank accounts.

Great Western Bank

Several members of our community have reported that Great Western Bank DOES use ChexSystems but you can still qualify for an account if you don't owe any money to the bank. A second chance checking or savings account is another option to consider. Check out their financial products below and visit the official website to learn more.

Details

Method of Verification ChexSystems
Notes

It has been reported that as long as your report is a year or older, they will open an account. Fraud should not be indicated on the report for the best results and preferably:

  1. only one reporting bank
  2. debt to reporting bank is paid
  3. best to open the account over the phone
Official Response (Email or Phone) Thank you for your inquiry. If your ChexSystems record is more than a year old than it will be considered, but it is still not guaranteed that an account would be opened. The best thing to do would be to come in to a branch location, sit down and talk with a Personal Banker, and have them pull the ChexSystems report. You can discuss with them at that time, the items that mat appear on that report and whether or not the account could be opened, or what your options are.Great Western branch which I live right next to said their threshold is 1 year; that is, any reported information older than 1 year will not be a bar against opening an account. And they run it over the phone instead of online because, according to them, phone inquiries are more accurate and current. Because I'm clear and they ran it over the phone, I was good to go! Running via computer usually gets me declined, even though I'm clear.

Top Banks That Don’t Use ChexSystems

Below you will find banks that don’t use ChexSystems as an alternative to Great Western Bank in any step of the process. You can be sure that these banks won’t ever cross reference your records before deciding whether to let you open an account.

The list is suggested by our readers. Please consider the Unchex editor's curated list of banks that don't use ChexSystems for all the banking options available nationwide.

Editor's Choice

Chime

Chime is a fast-growing internet-only bank. Unlike big banks, Chime was created during the smartphone era and, therefore, features an app that is more than just a way for customers to review their bank accounts.

Features and Benefits:

  • Free Visa® debit card
  • Free online banking and mobile banking/deposits
  • No monthly account balance minimums

Why is it recommended for you?

Chime accepts all customers who apply. Even if you have bad or poor credit or have been blacklisted by ChexSystems or credit bureaus.

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The Basics

Main Office 35 1st Avenue, N.E. Watertown, SD 57201
Deposit Insurance FDIC
Established On Aug. 5, 1935
CEO -
Headquarter South Dakota
Number of Members -
Community Bank No
Institution Class Commercial bank, state charter and Fed nonmember, supervised by the FDIC
Institution Type Bank
Credit Union Programs -
Low Income Designation -
Member of FHLB -
Total Assets $9,758,064,787
Asset Concentration Commercial Lending Specialization
Charter Number -
Routing Number -
Membership Eligibility

Email From person that got an account:

Great Western branch which I live right next to said their threshold is 1 year; that is, any reported information older than 1 year will not be a bar against opening an account. And they run it over the phone instead of online because, according to them, phone inquiries are more accurate and current. Because I'm clear and they ran it over the phone, I was good to go! Running via computer usually gets me declined, even though I'm clear.

 

Services & Products

Accounts Offered -
Electronic Services -
Access to Electronic Services -
Services & Products: Credit -
Services & Products: Depository -
Services & Products: Financial Education -
Services & Products: Other -
Services & Products: Transactional -