Leaving your harm doer

How can I safely open a bank account?

If you don’t have safe access to a bank account of your own, you’re not alone. According to the Federal Reserve, over 63 million Americans were unbanked or underbanked in 2020. Opening a bank account can feel like a daunting task, especially if you have concerns about your safety and eligibility. If you don’t have safe access to a home mailing address, your ID card, identifying documents,or transportation, we want you to know there may still be banking options that will work for you.

Banking Assessment Tool

The following Banking Assessment Tool was created to share what banking options might work best for you based on your unique situation. We do not collect any personal information in this assessment and all answers are kept private.

Need more support?

After using our assessment tool, you can learn more about how to open an account in “Banking Guide for Survivors of Domestic Abuse.” Written in collaboration with First Tech Federal Credit Union, we are excited to share this guide on how to navigate banking regulations and safely open a bank account.

You can also learn more about banks and credit unions by attending an upcoming "Goals & Tools" virtual finance class. This 90-minute class is designed to help you develop short-, intermediate-, and long-term goals, and learn the tools to attain those goals such as banking and budgeting.

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