How to open a bank account for a minor 

It’s easy. Most accounts can be opened in five minutes or less. Here’s what you’ll need. 

For all bank accounts:

  • Both you and the minor must provide a valid primary ID, such as a state ID card, driver’s license, or passport. It must have a photo and cannot be altered or expired.
  • You may both be asked to provide a secondary form of ID, such as a student ID or a major credit card.
  • You must provide proof of address, such as a utility bill or financial statement.

For joint checking accounts: 

  • The minor must be age 13 through 17 and will be auto-enrolled in the Youth customer group. 
  • The account can be opened online or in a branch. 
  • If you open it in a branch, you must both be present. 

For joint savings accounts: 

  • The minor can be any age.
  • The account can only be opened in a branch. 
  • You must both be present to open the account.

Access Smart Rewards®

Open a U.S. Bank Smartly® checking account with your child and you’ll be auto enrolled in the U.S. Bank Smart Rewards® program. 

These are just some of the benefits:

  • $0 monthly maintenance fees: Multiple ways to get them waived1
  • $0 ATM transaction fees at U.S. Bank ATMs and on first four Non-U.S. Bank ATM transactions per statement period (Non-U.S. Bank ATM transaction fees apply after four)2, 3
  • $0 overdraft protection transfers made from an eligible linked U.S. Bank deposit account 4
  • $0 overdraft fees when overdrawn $50 or less 5
  • Overdraft Fee Forgiven6 program
  • A campus banking program at participating colleges and universities
  • Complimentary access to Greenlight, 7 the family app that makes spending and saving fun using goal-setting games, money-earning chores and a debit account you can monitor. See why kids love it.
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No need to write checks?

Consider a Safe Debit Account, a “checkless” no overdraft fee option that is not part of the U.S. Bank Smart Rewards® program. Open an account in minutes with a minimum balance of $25 and you’ll enjoy these and other benefits:

  • The U.S. Bank Visa® Debit Card
  • No overdraft fees
  • $0 ATM transaction fees at U.S. Bank ATMs. Non-U.S. Bank ATM transaction fees apply2,3
  • 24/7 customer service
  • The U.S. Bank Mobile App

Note: The $4.95 monthly maintenance fee cannot be waived.

It’s never too early to start saving.

Teach your child the value of saving. Open a joint Standard Savings account at a branch with a $25 minimum opening deposit. The benefits include:

  • Ability to earn interest8
  • An automated savings option

The monthly maintenance fee is $0 for the first six months. After six months the $4 fee can be waived if the account holder:

  • Keeps a $300 minimum daily balance9
  • Has a $1,000 average monthly collected balance10
  • Is age 17 or younger11
  • Has a U.S. Bank Smartly® Checking account and is enrolled in the Smart Rewards® Primary tier or above.

The verdict is in…. Our app is #1.

More than one million clients have given the U.S. Bank Mobile App an overall rating of five stars. Industry experts ranked us #1 for:

  • Best mobile app12
  • Best digital mortgage tools 13
  • Best customer service features14
  • Best mobile check deposit15
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  1. Members of the military (requires self disclosure) and clients ages 24 and under and those 65 and over pay no monthly maintenance fee. All others can have it waived by meeting any one of the following criteria: Have combined monthly direct deposits totaling $1,000 or more; or keep a minimum average account balance of $1,500 or more; or presence of an eligible personal U.S. Bank credit card; or qualify for one of the four Smart Rewards® tiers (Primary, Plus, Premium or Pinnacle).

    The average account balance is calculated by adding the balance at the end of each calendar day in the statement period and dividing that sum by the total number of calendar days within the statement period. Other fees may apply.

    Please refer to the Consumer Pricing Information (PDF) disclosure for more details.

  2. ATM Transaction FeeU.S. Bank will assess this fee for each ATM Transaction conducted at the Non-U.S. Bank ATM.  Non-U.S. Bank ATMs are defined as any ATM that does not display the U.S. Bank logo in any manner, physically on the ATM or digitally on the screen.

    ATM Surcharge.  Non-U.S. Bank ATM owners may apply a surcharge fee on ATM transactions at their ATMs. U.S. Bank participates in MoneyPass®, an ATM surcharge free network. To find MoneyPass ATM locations, select “visit the MoneyPass locator” at the bottom of our ATM locator search results to be taken to the MoneyPass website. If you use an ATM that uses the MoneyPass® Network and are charged a surcharge fee, please call us at 800-USBANKS (872-2657) for a refund of the surcharge fee.

    Please refer to the Consumer Pricing Information (PDF) disclosure section titled Miscellaneous Checking, Savings or Money Market Fees for a summary of ATM transaction fees.

  3. When changing checking account types, corresponding Non-U.S. Bank ATM transaction fee waivers will become available on the first day of the next statement cycle. ATM transaction fee waivers are only applicable for your U.S. Bank Smartly® Checking accounts.

  4. If you have linked eligible accounts and the negative Available Balance in your checking account is $5.01 or more, the advance amount will transfer in multiples of $50. If, however, the negative Available Balance is $5 or less, the amount advanced will be $5. The Overdraft Protection Transfer Fee is waived if the negative Available Balance in your checking account is $50 or less.

    Note: If you have Overdraft Protection and your account becomes overdrawn, Overdraft Protection funds will be accessed before the account is eligible for U.S. Bank Overdraft Fee Forgiven.

    Refer to Your Deposit Account Agreement (PDF) section titled Overdraft Protection Plans for additional information.

  5. In the event the Available Balance at the end of the business day is or would be overdrawn $50.01 or more and the transaction paid is $5.01 or more, an Overdraft Paid Fee may be assessed for each item. In the event the Available Balance at the end of the business day is or would be overdrawn $50.00 or less, a fee will not be assessed. U.S. Bank limits the number of charges to a daily maximum of three Overdraft Paid Fees per day, no matter how many items we pay on your behalf.

  6. Consumer checking accounts (excluding Safe Debit accounts) assessed an Overdraft Paid Fee may qualify for a fee waiver. The Overdraft Fee Forgiven period starts the first day your Available Balance becomes negative and you were charged an Overdraft Paid Fee(s). U.S. Bank will review your account at the end of the Overdraft Fee Forgiven period (11 p.m. ET) and if your Available Balance (excluding the Overdraft Paid Fees and including immediate and same day deposits), is at least $0 we will waive Overdraft Paid Fee(s) charged. Deposits that generally will qualify for Overdraft Fee Forgiven include: ACH and electronic deposits, cash deposits, wire transfers, ATM deposits at U.S. Bank ATMs, check deposits in branch and internal transfers from another U.S. Bank account. Deposits that generally will not qualify for Overdraft Fee Forgiven include: Mobile check deposit, extended hold placed on a deposit and deposits into new accounts opened less than 30 days where funds are generally made available the fifth business day after the day of your deposit. Refer to the Determining the Availability of a Deposit – All Accounts section of Your Deposit Account Agreement (PDF) for full funds availability details.

  7. U.S. Bank customers are eligible to receive the Greenlight Select plan complimentary when an eligible U.S. Bank checking account (excludes Safe Debit and Electronic Transfer accounts) is added as a funding source. You are required to be an authorized transactor on the U.S. Bank account, be at least 18 years of age, and be enrolled in online banking. Your U.S. Bank checking account(s) must be the preferred funding source for your Greenlight account for the entirety of the partnership. If your U.S. Bank checking account(s) cease to be the preferred funding source for your Greenlight account or you add a funding source that is not an eligible U.S. Bank checking account, you may be charged a monthly fee by Greenlight. In-app upgrades will result in additional fees. Subject to Greenlight identity verification. See for additional information. Offer subject to change.

  8. Variable rate account – Interest rates are determined at the bank’s discretion and may change at any time. Speak to a banker for current deposit rates, disclosures on rates, compounding and crediting and other balance information.

  9. The daily balance is the balance at the end of each business day, equal to the beginning balance for that day plus the current business day credits, minus the current business day debits. Business days are Monday through Friday; federal holidays are not included.

  10. The average monthly collected balance is calculated by adding the principal in the account for each calendar day in the statement period and dividing that figure by the total number of calendar days in the statement period.

  11. Account may be assessed the Monthly Maintenance Fee when the account holder reaches 18 years of age. Account holder(s) age 13–17 will receive the monthly maintenance fee waiver under the Youth customer group. In the event the account holder is not currently a signer on the account the account holder must visit a branch with the custodian/guardian on the account to gain authority to access account funds.

  12. Digital financial services benchmarking firm Keynova Group ranked U.S. Bank #1 for mobile banking apps in its Q3 2023 Mobile Banker Scorecard.

  13. The 2021 Kiplinger Best Financial Customer Service rankings gave U.S. Bank the highest score among mortgage lenders in its survey for best mortgage digital capabilities.

  14. In Business Insider Intelligence's fourth annual US Mobile Banking Competitive Edge Study in 2020, the U.S. Bank Mobile App was ranked No. 1 in customer service features.

  15. In its 2021 Mobile Deposit Benchmark report, Cornerstone Advisors rated the U.S. Bank Mobile App check deposit feature as number one in the industry for customer experience based on factors including deposit limits, error prevention, real-time status updates, auto-capture functionality and more. 

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Refer to Your Deposit Account Agreement (PDF) and the Consumer Pricing Information (PDF) disclosure for a summary of fees, terms and conditions that apply.

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