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Santander® Basic

When all you need are just the essentials with no surprises, this Basic Checking account can offer you the predictability you want with a low Monthly Fee.

Low predictable Monthly Fee

Account details

Monthly Fee*

$3 Monthly Fee

Minimum balance

No minimum balance requirement

ATM withdrawal fee

$3 for domestic non-Santander ATM withdrawals

Account opening deposit

$25 minimum


This account is not interest bearing

Statement delivery options

  • $3 for paper statements
  • $0 for paperless statements

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Advantages of your Debit Mastercard®

A Debit Mastercard® deducts money directly from your checking account. You can use it to withdraw cash and shop anywhere Mastercard is accepted.

Deposit with Mobile Check Deposit
Just take a picture of your signed check while you're on the go.
Santander Safety Net
Extra leeway goes a long way. Santander Safety Net waives overdraft fees for accounts overdrawn by $100 or less.¶¶
Secure biometric authentication
Only you can unlock your information with Touch ID® and Face ID® for Apple and fingerprint for Android.††
Just tap and go
Conveniently make fast purchases with contactless payments. Just insert your card, swipe, or tap and go.
Manage your account
Pay bills, send money with Zelle®**, make transfers, and more, all from the Mobile Banking App.
Fewer overdraft fees
We ve reduced the number of daily Returned Item Fees and Paid Item Fees from 6 to 3 each, meaning you won't be charged a Returned Item Fee more than 3 times per Business Day or a Paid Item Fee more than 3 times per Business Day.
Digital Banking Guarantee‡‡
Shop online, in-store, or make bill payments with Santander PROTECHTION by your side.
Shop securely
Shop online, in-store, or make bill payments with Santander PROTECHTION by your side.
Control over your cards
Create or update your PIN, update contact information, and report a lost or stolen card.
No Overdraft Protection Transfer Fee§§
We've eliminated Overdraft Protection Transfer Fees, so you can cover any overdrafts that happen before a fee gets assessed.
Fraud protection
For digital security, our firewalls protect all your information stored in our database.
Works like cash
Use your card like cash with no interest or late payments.

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Manage your account whenever and wherever you want with our Mobile Banking App.

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FAQs: Checking

In order to open an account online, you will need a social security number, a valid email address, and an initial deposit. To open an account in a branch, you will need two forms of Identification, including a Primary ID — which is a valid, government-issued photo ID (Driver’s License, Passport, State or Military ID), AND a Secondary ID — some examples include bank-issued ATM or debit cards, major credit cards, utility bills and birth certificates. You’ll also need your Social Security Number (Non-Residents can still apply without a SSN or can use their Individual Tax Reporting Number if they have one), a valid address and phone number, and an initial deposit.

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*Per service fee period.

Domestic ATMs are ATMs in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. ATM owner may charge a separate fee.

**U.S. checking or savings account required to use Zelle®. Transactions between enrolled consumers typically occur in minutes and generally do not incur transaction fees. In order to send payment requests or split payment requests to a U.S. mobile number, the mobile number must already be enrolled with Zelle®. Zelle and the Zelle related marks are wholly owned by Early Warning Services, LLC and are used herein under license.

††If you share your device with other individuals, please note any fingerprints or face image stored on your device may be used to log in to the Santander Mobile Banking App and access your account.

‡‡Digital Banking Guarantee: When you use Online Banking, we guarantee that your money is protected against online fraud or losses and that your bills will be paid on time. You are protected against unauthorized online transactions as long as you check your statement and promptly notify us of any unauthorized activity. Refer to your Digital Banking Agreement for details on guarantees and your responsibilities for promptly reporting unauthorized transactions, as well as a list of supported mobile devices.

§§Effective November 8, 2021, if a transaction causes your account’s balance to be overdrawn by one hundred dollars ($100) or less, we will not assess any Insufficient or Unavailable Funds – Item Paid fees for that item. The amount of each of the Insufficient Funds - Item Paid Fee, Insufficient or Unavailable Funds – Item Returned Fee, and Sustained Overdraft Fee is $35. The amount of the Unavailable Funds – Item Paid Fee is $0. An Insufficient or Unavailable Funds – Item Returned Fee may apply for any overdrawn amount. A Sustained Overdraft Fee applies to accounts overdrawn by any amount (negative balance) for five (5) consecutive Business Days when the overdrawn balance at the end of the first day is more than $100, and is assessed to the account on the sixth (6th) Business Day. Fees may be imposed for covering overdrafts created by check, in-person withdrawal, ATM withdrawal, or other electronic means. Whether overdrafts will be paid is discretionary and we reserve the right not to pay. For example, we typically do not pay overdrafts if your account is overdrawn for an extended period of time or the overdrawn amount is excessive. Any overdrafts that we pay must be promptly repaid by you.

¶¶We limit withdrawals and transfers out of your savings and money market savings accounts. You can withdraw or transfer funds from a savings or money market savings account a total of six (6) times per Service Fee Period (such as by automatic or pre-authorized transfers using telephone, online banking, mobile banking, overdraft protection, payments to third parties, wire transfers, checks, and drafts). If you repeatedly exceed these limits, we may close or convert your account to a checking account, which may be a non-interest-bearing checking account.

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