Those who want a checking account that's truly free:
No Minimum Balance Requirement
Free checking means no minimum balance requirement or monthly service charges.
No Monthly Fee
No monthly service charges
Visa® Debit Card
Instant electronic payments accepted worldwide
6 Free Non-ALEC ATM Transactions Per Month
Access over 30,000 surcharge-free ATMs nationwide**
Instant, 24/7 access to account balances to make managing your personal finances hassle-free
Save More With Your Free Checking Account
|Best For||Those who want the convenience of a checking account without paying fees.|
|Minimum Check Charges||None|
|Overdraft Transfer*** from Savings||Free|
More Benefits You Can Count On
Linked to your savings
By phone or online
No Per Check Charges
Free initial box of checks*
Up to $250,000 per account
Eligible members meeting requirements receive 0.50% discount
Large Branch Network
Access to over 5,000 shared branch locations nationwide
Designed to take full advantage of the built-in features of a smartphone or tablet, our mobile app offer exceptional convenience in accessing and managing your ALEC accounts from virtually anywhere.
- Check Balances
- Make transfers
- Review account activity
- Find ATMs & branches near your
- Deposit checks
Free Checking FAQ
Opening a free checking account with ALEC is easy. However, first you need to become a member of ALEC Credit Union. The following people are eligible for membership:
- Abbott and AbbVie employees and retirees
- Current Abbott and AbbVie employee family members
- Current ALEC members’ family members
ALEC has a broad definition of family member. Individuals who qualify as family members of Abbott and AbbVie employees and ALEC members include:
- Spouses and domestic partners
- Parents, grandparents, and in-laws
- Children, grandchildren, and legal dependents
- Aunts, uncles, and cousins
- Nieces and nephews
Coming to us from another financial institution? Take advantage of the ALEC Switch Kit for a smooth, streamlined transition.
Application is quick and easy. However, once you open your checking account, you may need to wait seven to ten days for your new debit card to arrive. You can activate immediately upon receiving it.
With an ALEC free checking account, you’ll receive a Visa® debit card, offering the following benefits:
- Add a special photo to personalize your debit card. There is a $9.95 per image charge.
- Easy withdrawals of up to $750 every 24 hours.
- Free access at more than 30,000 ATMs in the United States and Canada, with no ATM fees in the form of surcharges.
- Card is accepted worldwide.
- If you believe your card has been lost/or stolen and you report it to ALEC within 2 business days, you can lose no more than $50 from your account, and you will not be held liable.
- Enjoy cashback debit purchases where offered.
ALEC offers zero liability if you experience fraudulent transactions.
If you notify ALEC as soon as you are aware of potentially fraudulent transactions (no more than 2 business days), you could lose only $50 from your account. You may lose up to $500 if you wait more than 2 business days, or even all of the money in your checking account.
As long as you haven’t been engaged in fraud or grossly negligent, ALEC will not hold you personally responsible (liable) for the fraudulent transactions, with the exception of ATM and other transactions requiring use of a Personal Identification Number, which Visa® does not process.
Receive text fraud alerts if we detect suspicious activity. We also partner with award-winning service Identity Guard® to protect your identity, monitoring your information and offering different levels of protection and coverage.
Additionally, ALEC diligently monitors your accounts for indications of fraud, criminal attempts, and scam attempts, either against your financial accounts or your personal information.
A free checking account means you don’t pay monthly fees or have a required minimum balance.
Things are a little different with an ALEC Rewards Checking account. While there is no required minimum balance, there may be a $5 monthly fee if certain requirements are not met. In return, you can receive monthly ATM rebates of up to $10, dividends on balances, and 10 free transactions at non-ALEC ATMs per month.
Other Banking Products and Services
* Free checks limited to the ALEC check design.
** There will be a fee for each transaction over the amount noted. See ALEC’S Fee Schedule. Please note there may be a fee assessed by the ATM owner, if it is not part of ALEC’s surcharge-free network.
*** Subject to approval. If current account upgrade, account must be in good standing within the last 90 days. We pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction. We reserve the right not to pay. If we do not authorize and pay an overdraft, your transaction will be declined or returned.
† ALEC members with a loan from the credit union who receive approval for another loan automatically receive a 0.50% discount. Members with no loan from ALEC must have an ALEC checking account with a $500 direct deposit per statement cycle and be enrolled in E-Statements to qualify for a 0.50% discount. Discount not valid on credit cards, mortgages, personal lines of credit and home equity lines of credit.