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Why Do I Need A Bank Account?

It's safe. You won't have to worry about your cash getting stolen. And, deposits are insured with the full power of the U.S. government.
It will save you money. You won't have to pay high fees to cash your checks, because banks and credit unions offer free check cashing to their customers.
It will help you begin long-term saving, safely. Your savings will be protected in the event of an emergency or disaster.
It's convenient. With a check card that comes with your account, you can pay bills and shop online.
It will help you in the future. If you decide you want to take out a loan for a house or education, your bank or credit union will be there to help.

How Will Bank On Baton Rouge Help?

We want to make sure everyone gets the benefits of having a bank account. So, we've partnered with some local banks and credit unions that will offer no-cost or low-cost accounts, with low or no opening fees and no monthly balance minimum, to people that don't have a bank account, have never had one, or had trouble with one in the past.

STEP 1: Find a Bank On Baton Rouge Partner Bank or Credit Union

Our partners are listed here. At the bottom of the list, notice the map showing each partner location. You can also call 2-1-1 to help locate a partner near you.

STEP 2: Identify Yourself As Being Interested in Bank On

Workers at our partner banks and credit unions know about Bank On and will know how to help you open an account. Just let them know you're interested in a Bank On Baton Rouge account.

STEP 3: Have Your Identification Ready

Bring your social security number and a picture ID, such as a state-issued ID card, driver's license, passport, or military ID card with you to the bank or credit union. Some banks and credit unions may accept alternative identification, such as an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN) in lieu of a social security number. Call your chosen bank or credit union and ask!

STEP 4: Open Your Account!

Your bank or credit union representative will guide you through the account opening process.

Now what?

Congratulations! You now have a checking account, and have taken the first steps toward financial security. You can continue by learning more about your finances by taking a money management workshop. Click here to learn more.