Free and Secure

Citadel offers a free checking account that offers benefits and features that make banking easier and more secure.

Free Checking Account

Citadel offers a Free Checking account with benefits and features that make banking easier, safer, and more rewarding. You will enjoy built-in conveniences and flexibility such as Mobile Deposit, Card Control, no minimum balances and more!

New to Citadel? We're glad you're here! Our Free Checking account offers a convenient and simple application process that will make your experience fast and easy. You can easily open an account online in minutes by answering a few simple questions. Open now!

Current members can also open additional accounts and apply for loans through Online and Mobile Banking at any time. Simply select 'Open an Account' from the 'Accounts' menu to open. Get Started!

Not currently enrolled in Online Banking? No problem! Enroll Now.

Additional Features

  • Contactless Debit Card - simply Tap & Go™ wherever you see the contactless symbol contactless cards at checkout
  • Enjoy all of the great Mastercard benefits. Use it at ATMs and everywhere Mastercard is accepted
  • Control your cards with Card Control
  • ATM Access – Enjoy no fees or surcharges at branches and with 38 Citadel-branded ATMs in select retail locations. In addition, enjoy access to surcharge-free networks across the country. Find a branch or ATM
  • Online and Mobile Banking with Mobile Deposit – Manage your accounts, set alerts, transfer money, pay bills, and more
  • eStatements – Save money by choosing secure electronic delivery. View statements any time, from any device
  • Direct Deposit – Get your funds quickly with automatic deposit into your account
  • Overdraft Protection – Enjoy overdraft protection from a Citadel savings or loan account††
  • To review all of the product features, check out our Product Guide
Best For...
Hassle free banking with minimal fees
24/7 access with Online and Mobile Banking
Enjoy on-the-go banking with mobile deposit

Open a free checking account online today!

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Fees

$1

Each balance inquiry at non-Citadel ATMs

$3

Each ATM withdrawal at non-Citadel ATMs

$2

Paper account statement fee (excludes ages under 21 and age 70 years of age and older)

$5

Each overdraft transfer from your savings or loan account

$5

Monthly inactivity fee^

$33

Courtesy Pay overdraft protection fee

$33

Non-sufficient funds (NSF) fee

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Security

  • Citadel is committed to helping you protect your hard-earned money.

  • All Citadel deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 per member by the National Credit Union Administration, an agency of the United States government.

  • Communicate with us securely through our Online Banking secure messaging system.

  • Your Citadel Debit Mastercard carries EMV chip technology for greater protection against unauthorized use.

  • Automated fraud alerts can notify you about possible fraudulent activity on your account.

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Introducing Citadel Video Connect

Chat face-to-face with a Citadel Video Specialist in a secure environment from the comfort of home on your laptop, desktop computer, or mobile device using the Citadel Video Connect app. Please be sure to have your photo ID ready prior to beginning the call. Choose Video Connect above, or learn more about our Video Banking options.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Does Citadel offer a Free checking account?
Yes, we offer a Free Checking account with no minimum balance requirement.

Still have questions? Visit our help center.

*Free Checking Account Disclosures

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Information accurate as of and is subject to change without notice. All rates expressed as Annual Percentage Yield (APY).

All Citadel Checking Accounts:


ATM transactions at non-Citadel ATMs may be subject to a surcharge from the ATM owner. For a list of ATMs with no surcharge, visit Citadelbanking.com/atm.


†† Citadel offers several overdraft protection options, including Courtesy Pay and automatic transfers from a Citadel savings or loan account. Please contact us to discuss the best overdraft protection options for you.


An overdraft occurs when the available balance in your account is not sufficient to cover a transaction. Citadel offers several options for you to avoid the potential embarrassment and extra expenses caused by a bounced check or insufficient funds. These include:

  • Transferring funds from a Citadel Savings and/or Money Market Account
  • Advancing funds from a Citadel Personal Line of Credit
  • Courtesy Pay

As a Citadel member, if you have a checking account and qualify, you will automatically be enrolled in Courtesy Pay when you open your account. If you wish to use one of the other options, which may be free or less expensive than Courtesy Pay, you can sign up at any time. To learn more, please ask a Citadel Representative. For a complete list of fees associated with overdrafts, please refer to Citadel’s fee schedule.


This notice refers to our Courtesy Pay program:

Citadel offers Courtesy Pay for its members and may pay overdrafts for the following types of transactions:

  • Checks
  • ACH withdrawals
  • Bill Payer payments
  • Recurring debit card transactions (e.g., monthly payments debited from your account)

We pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction. If we do not pay an overdraft, your transaction will be declined and not paid.


If you want to use Courtesy Pay to pay overdrafts for one time, everyday debit card transactions (e.g. Starbucks®, Home Depot®, grocery stores, gas stations, etc.), you must opt in and give us your permission. You can opt in by:


You cannot use Courtesy Pay to pay for overdrafts on ATM withdrawals.


When you use Courtesy Pay, we will charge you a fee of $33 each time we pay an overdraft. There is no limit on the amount of total fees we can charge you for overdrafting your account. Any fees charged will count against your Courtesy Pay limit. For information on Citadel's check clearing policies, please contact us at (800)-666-0191. You can opt out of Courtesy Pay at any time. Please visit any branch, or contact us at the toll free number above.


^A $5 monthly inactivity fee will apply if there is no activity on any Citadel account for one year – this fee is waived if combined balance of all deposit accounts is $500 or more. Fee does not apply to primary account holders less than 13 years of age. Inactivity is defined as a 365-day period during which there were no customer-initiated transactions on any Citadel account.

All standard account requirements apply. Information accurate as of and subject to change without notice. Offers may be modified or withdrawn at any time. Fees may reduce earnings. 

**Earn up to an Additional $120 with Citadel’s Cashback Rewards Checking:

To earn Cashback Rewards and avoid $10 monthly service fee, one of the following criteria must be met: Receive monthly qualifying direct deposit(s), as previously defined, totaling $1,000 or more OR maintain average daily balance of $5,000 in your Cashback Rewards Checking Account. Account must be active and in good standing in order to receive Cashback Rewards Checking offers. Not available for business accounts or public funds.

Earn Up to $120 in Cashback Rewards Annually:

When Cashback Rewards transaction requirements are met, earn 1% cash back on Citadel debit and/or credit card purchases that post to your account each statement cycle from Citadel debit and/or credit cards linked to your Citadel Cashback Rewards Checking Account. Maximum Cashback Rewards: $10 per month. Cashback Rewards will be calculated at month end on net purchases (purchases minus any credit or returns). Available Cashback Rewards may be redeemed at any time during the year through Online and Mobile Banking or by contacting Citadel. Earned Cashback Rewards can only be deposited to your Cashback Rewards Checking Account. For full Cashback Rewards program details and disclosures, visit CitadelBanking.com/CashbackChecking


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