You can apply online for a checking account if you’re 18 years or older and a legal U.S. resident. You’ll need the following information:

  1. Your Social Security number.
  2. A valid, government-issued photo ID like a driver’s license, passport or state or military ID.
  3. A minimum opening deposit of $25 to activate your account (once you’ve been approved). This can be paid with a credit, debit or prepaid card, a transfer from another U.S. Bank account or a transfer from another financial institution.

Want to open a checking account in person? 

You can visit any U.S. Bank branch to open a checking account. You’ll still need identification and personal details, such as your Social Security number and a valid government-issued ID. You can also call a U.S. Bank representative at 800-398-0371 to ensure you have everything you need to open a checking account or other bank account.