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My Relationship Checking can be your account for life. You get better access to your money without being charged for it, the ability to access more if you’re ever in a pinch and a discount on a future loan with:

My Payday

Two weeks can be a long time to wait. Get money from your paycheck up to two days before payday. Learn more about My Payday.

My Grace Zone

Breathe easier with access to a $50 grace zone that lets you go a little under your account balance without getting an overdraft fee. Learn more about My Grace Zone.

Free overdraft protection

Link your MCU checking and savings accounts and get free transfers to protect against overdraft fees.

Save on a loan

Get a discounted rate on a future loan when you tie direct deposit to your checking account.

No monthly fee and no minimum balance

There’s no fee for having an account and no minimum balance requirements.

No ATM fees

Never get an ATM fee from MCU, even if you use an out-of-network ATM.*

Debit card access

Get instant access to your funds with a debit card you can use at stores, for online purchases, and to make free withdrawals from any ATM.

Online and mobile banking

Manage your finances from the comfort of your couch or on the go with online banking and the Marine mobile app.

Direct deposit

Your payroll, social security, and other payments can go directly into your checking account, saving you a trip to the branch.

*Transaction fees from non-MCU ATM operators may apply.


Do I need to be a Marine Credit Union member to open a checking account?

Becoming a member of MCU is easy. There are no hoops to jump through and no tricky terms and conditions. The only eligibility requirement for membership is a par value of $5 in your savings account. Par value means “stated face value” and is similar to a minimum balance.

Can I open a checking account online?

Yes, you can open an account with Marine Credit Union online. Online account opening is quick and easy with just 3 simple steps:

  1. Choose your checking account. There are no hoops to jump through. All you need to become a member of Marine Credit Union is a minimum balance of $5.
  2. Tell us a little about yourself. We’ll ask some questions about who you are and where you live. You’ll also have the option to add someone to your account.
  3. Fund your account. You can make your first deposit using a debit card, credit card, or a transfer from another bank account.

Get started opening your account today. Plus, check out our in-depth guide, What to Expect When Opening a Checking Account.

How much money do you have to have to open a checking account?

Opening a checking account with Marine Credit Union is easy. All you need to become a member is a minimum balance of $5.

When will I receive my debit card?

You must fund your account before you receive your debit card. After you make your first deposit to fund your checking account, you may need to wait 7-10 days for your new debit card to arrive. You can activate your debit card and begin using it as soon as you receive it.

How do I set up direct deposit?

The Setup Your Direct Deposit widget is a tool that simplifies process of switching your direct deposit to Marine Credit Union, helping you complete the switch with ease and without the need of providing account numbers.

  1. Log into Online Banking or the mobile app.
  2. Under Transfer & Pay select Setup Your Direct Deposit (On the app, first choose More).
  3. Follow the steps to complete the switch.

From there, MCU does the work to make sure your account is connected with your employer and service providers.

What if I overdraw my account?

We know accidents happen. Marine has a few lines of defense in case you overdraft your checking account:

  1. Free overdraft protection with linked accounts. Link your Marine Credit Union checking and savings accounts and get free transfers to protect against overdraft fees. In the event of an overdraft, MCU will automatically transfer funds from your savings account to cover the transaction in increments of $100. To opt in to Overdraft Protection, log in to the Mobile App or Online Banking. On the Mobile App, choose More, then Account Services, then Overdraft Protection. In Online Banking select Account Services, then Overdraft Protection.
  2. My Grace Zone. My Grace Zone is a free service available for qualified members in My Relationship Checking that covers an overdraft up to $50. The service will automatically cover ACH and check transactions that take your account below $0 up to $50 with no fee. In order to allow your debit card to go below $0, opt-in for Reg E [a federal regulation that protects members against fraudulent and incorrect electronic fund transfers]. In the event of an overdraft on your debit card, Marine Credit Union will cover the transaction, up to $50, without charging a fee. Learn more about My Grace Zone. To opt-in to Reg E, log into Digital Banking, go to Account Services and then Overdraft for Card.
  3. Overdraft Privilege. If you choose not to link accounts, Overdraft Privilege allows Marine Credit Union to pick up the tab if an overdraft takes your account negative by more than $50. MCU will cover the transaction for an overdraft fee of $35 per instance, with a maximum of six charges per day. Note: Overdraft Privilege on your debit card requires you to opt-in to Reg E to allow us to cover an overdraft. If you choose not to opt-in on your debit card, any charge that has insufficient funds will be declined and you could be subject to insufficient funds fees. To opt-in to Reg E, log into Digital Banking, go to Account Services, and then Overdraft for Card.

Note: The amount MCU covers is in accordance with your overdraft limits, which are based on deposit and repayment history and can fluctuate along with changes to your account or status. An overdraft can be a check or ACH that takes your account negative if you are not opted into Reg E, or it can be a check, ACH, or debit card charge that takes your account negative if you ARE opted into Reg E. The amount available to you can be found in Digital Banking under Account Details.

Please note that fees and charges are subject to change. Check out our Fee Schedule.

No matter where your journey takes you, we’re in your corner for life.

At Marine Credit Union, we want to be the go-to for your money needs. We’ll help you out until payday. We’ll cover you when you’re in a pinch. We’ll give you a loan when you need it.

Opening a My Relationship Checking account is quick and easy. Click the link below, and you could have a new account in just 5 minutes!

Check out our in-depth article Best Checking Accounts: What You Need to Know.

Opening a checking account is just one step towards taking control of your financial future. Once you’ve opened your account, Marine Credit Union can help you gain real financial freedom with free online budgeting and financial planning tools.

Creating a solid monthly spending plan can help you monitor and stay on track with your financial goals. It helps you establish your budget, keep up with your payments, and even reduce your expenses and increase your rainy day (or leak-in-the-roof) fund. Once you see where you’re spending your money, it becomes easier to look at reducing spending in certain categories.





Marine Credit Union offers free budgeting and financial planning tools. Explore our online calculators to get a handle on your spending habits and more.

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