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M&T Bank EZChoice Checking review

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Go basic with no monthly maintenance fee.

EZChoice Checking is M&T Bank’s most popular account option, offering unlimited checkwriting with no monthly maintenance fee. But if you’re looking for an interest-bearing account or live outside the states where M&T operates, this account isn’t for you.

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What are the benefits of an EZChoice checking account with M&T Bank?

In addition to unlimited checkwriting and free electronic or paper statements, EZChoice Checking offers the following perks:

  • No monthly fee. You won’t pay a fee to maintain this account.
  • Free savings account. M&T will waive the monthly maintenance fee for your Relationship Savings account if you link it to your EZChoice Checking account.
  • Free customizable ATM card. Your card comes with all the usual features, like chip and contactless technology, but you can also customize your card’s background image and choose whether to include an ID photo.

What should I look out for?

Keep the following in mind before you open an account with M&T:

  • Limited locations. M&T bank only operates in Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C. and West Virginia.
  • Minimum opening balance. You need $25 to open the account, but no minimum balance is required after that.
  • No ATM fee refunds. Although M&T offers rebates on out-of-network ATM fees with its other checking accounts, you’ll have to pay those fees with EZChoice Checking.
  • High overdraft fees. If you go overdraft by more than $5, M&T charges $38.50 for every transaction that goes overdraft, up to five within a single business day.

If you want an account with more ATMs or fee rebates, you’ll want to keep looking. As always, compare your options when considering a checking account.

M&T Bank’s ATM network and fees

M&T’s EZChoice Checking account comes with a customizable debit card you can use at 690 M&T branch ATMs in the states where the bank operates, at four M&T ATMs in Florida and over 1,500 ATMs nationwide. M&T charges $3 for every transaction at out-of-network ATMs in addition to what the ATM owner charges.

You can also use your M&T debit card with the following online and mobile services:

  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay
  • Samsung Pay
  • Visa Checkout

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BBVA Online Checking
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Citibank® Account Package
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$2.50
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Aspiration Spend & Save Account
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55,000 free in-network ATMs
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NorthOne Business Banking
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More than 300,000 ATMs across America.

$0
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BBVA Free Checking
$25
1,000 fee-free ATMs across the country
$3
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Chase Total Checking
$0
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$2.50
Get a $200 bonus when you open a new Chase Total Checking account and set up direct deposit within 60 days of opening your account. Chase's simplest checking account is easy to use and gives you access to 16,000 ATMs and nearly 4,900 branches. Available online nationwide except in Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
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How do I open an EZChoice Checking account?

Open your account at a branch or online:

  1. From the main M&T Bank page, roll over to the Banking tab and select Checking.
  2. Under EZChoice, click Open Account.
  3. Select whether you want to open an Individual or Joint account, and click Continue.
  4. Enter a promo code if you have one and note the information you’ll need to open an account online. Click Continue.
  5. Enter your name, address, phone number and email. If you have a different mailing address, click the box and enter it. Otherwise, click Continue.
  6. Enter your employment information, driver’s license number, Social Security number, birth date, and select your citizenship status. Click Continue.
  7. Click Accept to receive information from the bank electronically instead of by paper.
  8. Once your identity has been confirmed, choose how to fund your account and open it.

Eligibility

To open an account you must meet the following criteria:

  • At least 18 years old
  • US citizen or resident
  • Valid Social Security number

Required information

Have the following information ready to open your account:

  • Full name
  • Birth date
  • Street and mailing address
  • Phone
  • Email
  • Driver’s license number
  • Social Security number
  • Bank information or debit card to fund the account

How do I deposit or withdraw my money?

Use the following methods to access your account funds:

Deposit

  • Check or cash at ATM
  • Check
  • Wire transfer
  • Transfer from another account
  • Direct deposit
  • Deposit at bank branch
  • Mobile check deposit

Withdrawal

  • ATM withdrawal
  • Check
  • Cash withdrawal at bank branch
  • Transfer to another account
  • Wire transfer
  • Online or mobile bill pay

What other checking options does M&T Bank offer?

M&T Bank offers a wide array of personal and business accounts:

  • MyWay Banking. All the features of a checking account without the checks and with no overdraft fees.
  • MyChoice Plus. Get discounted personal loan rates, refunded ATM fees, and an option to make the account interest-bearing.
  • MyChoice Premium. An interest-bearing account that gives you premium interest rates on CDs and personal loans and waives the monthly maintenance fees on any linked savings or money market accounts.
  • Simple Checking for Business. A low-cost account perfect for start-ups, with 100 free transactions, up to $5,000 in free deposits, and a $10 monthly maintenance fee that gets cut in half if you choose e-statements.
  • Tailored Business Checking. Offers 500 free transactions, up to $20,000 in free deposits, and a higher interest rate when you link your Commercial Savings account.
  • Bizflex Checking. Allows you to link up to four Bizflex accounts and waives the $50 monthly maintenance fee as long as you keep a $50,000 balance combined across the accounts.
  • Commercial Checking. A low-fee account that allows you to offset your service fees with an Earnings Credit Rate.
  • Non-Profit Checking. Available to not-for-profit organizations, with 50 free transactions and a $7.50 monthly fee that gets waived if you choose e-statements.
  • Medical Services Checking. Designed for medical practices with 1,000 free transactions and $35,000 in free deposits.
  • Professional Services Checking. Offers 300 free transactions and $35,000 in free deposits.
  • Business Interest Checking. Earn interest if you meet the $500 minimum collected balance and get perks like unlimited checking and overdraft protection.

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Heather Petty is a writer at Finder specializing in banking, investments and insurance. She's a self-proclaimed word nerd who worked as a technical writer and editor for the casino systems industry and is an internationally published young adult mystery author. Heather earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Expert review

M&T Bank’s EZChoice Checking account is perfect for anyone looking for basic checking. The account has no monthly fees and comes with a customizable debit card.

But M&T Bank is limited to nine states and it doesn’t offer any ATM fee rebates.

If you want an account with more ATMs or fee rebates, you’ll want to keep looking. As always, compare your options when considering a checking account.

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