You may consider to open bank account as soon as you turn 18. Indeed, it is difficult to imagine a person without a bank account in the present-day economy. There may be countless reasons to open bank account, but some of them include such ones like the safety of funds, interest rate on the money in the account, additional perks (credit cards with cashback and bonuses), and much more.
Besides, you may decide not only open a checking or deposit bank account, but opt for other banking products as well. For instance, getting a credit card or opening a credit line will allow you to build your credit history. That, in turn, is a good chance to become eligible for top banking products in the future, such as credit cards with generous cash back or low interest rate loans.
Before you will head to a bank branch to open bank account, you should make sure that you are eligible for that. In reality, there are a few common criteria the banks require their customers to match: be 18 or older, have necessary valid identification (such as the social security number), and have enough money to open a bank account. Before going to the bank, you should find out what is the minimum opening deposit at a bank where you wish to open bank account.
Then, you should try to carefully choose a bank where you would like to open bank account. That should include a number of factors, such as the interest rates, the financial health of the bank, terms and conditions of having a bank account at a particular bank, the number of branches and ATMs, and so on. In general, all banks can be divided into two categories: large banking corporations (which tend to have branches and ATMs in most cities and towns) and smaller local banks (which provide a more personal, human experience).
Opening a Bank Account
The next step of yours should be choosing the type of a bank account you would like to open. Basically, there are two common bank account types: checking and savings. Checking bank account allows you to keep your money at the bank and use them whenever you need, while paying no interest rate (or low interest rate in rare cases). Savings account provides you with an opportunity to store your money at the bank and receive a decent yield on those funds. Alternatively, you might open both accounts.
Eventually, you should get all the necessary documents and head to the bank of your choice in order to open bank account. Indeed, it is also possible to open an account online, but doing so in person is a favored option for first-time account holders. In this way, you will be able to ask any questions regarding your bank account and receive answers to them immediately. And the overall process will be much speedier since you will sign and receive documents right in that branch.
Before you sign all the documents and finalize the agreement, however, you should ask about the most important information regarding your bank account. That should mainly concern your interest rate, a monthly maintenance fee and other fees, limit of transactions, cash withdrawal, and such issues.