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Umpqua Embark Checking account review

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No maintenance fees and free savings come standard, but you must live on the West Coast.

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If you’re looking for a no-frills checking account with no monthly fees, ATM rebates, mobile banking and automatic bill pay, the Umpqua Embark Checking account could be a good fit. That is, if you live in this bank’s limited service area of Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California or Nevada.

$0

Monthly fee

$25

Minimum deposit to open

Details

Monthly fee$0
Minimum deposit to open$25
ATMsSurcharge-free Umpqua ATMs in all of the network's 5 states, plus up to $10 per month in ATM fee rebates
ATM transaction fee$0
ATM fee rebatesUp to $10 in fee rebates if you maintain a monthly account balance of at least $2,500
Out-of-network ATM fee$2.50
Foreign transaction fee2%
Overdraft fee$35
Nonsufficient funds fee$35

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The Umpqua Embark Checking account has no monthly maintenance fees, but it’s only available to residents of California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Nevada.

If you plan to travel outside of these five states and you want to bank with Umpqua, you’ll want to consider opening Umpqua’s Access Checking account.

What are the benefits of an Umpqua Embark Checking account?

As with most checking accounts, your balance is FDIC-insured for up to $250,000. And you can simplify your life with automatic bill pay on utilities and more.

  • No monthly fee. Avoid the maintenance fees that can mount with other checking accounts.
  • Low starting deposit. Open an Umpqua Embark Checking account with as little as $25.
  • Free savings account. When you sign on for Umpqua Embark Checking, you also qualify for an Umpqua savings account.
  • No balance minimum. Keep as much or as little in your Umpqua Embark Checking account without penalties.
  • $10 monthly ATM rebates. If you maintain a monthly balance of at least $2,500, you’re refunded up to $10 a month for fees resulting from transactions outside of Umpqua’s ATM network.
  • Mobile app. Download Umpqua’s free mobile banking app for Android and iOS to review your account balance, transfer funds and deposit checks.
  • Support. Get the help you need 24/7 by phone or email.

Umpqua’s ATM network and fees

You won’t pay fees to use ATMs in Umpqua network across Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada. In addition to withdrawing up to $500 in cash from an ATM, you can conveniently check your balance, review transactions, transfer money and change your PIN.

The bank charges $2.50 for each transaction at ATMs outside its network. But if you keep at least $2,500 in your checking account, you qualify for up to $10 in rebates to soften the blow of up to four non-network transactions.

What should I look out for?

Umpqua offers a strong checking product, though in few states and with many potential fees.

  • Limited service area. Umpqua supports customers in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada only.
  • High overdraft fees. Umpqua charges $35 for any transaction that overdraws your checking account.
  • Paper statement fee. If you prefer to receive paper statements, you’ll pay $3 a month for the convenience.
  • High wire transfer fees. Expect to pay $15 for each incoming wire transfer and $30 to $50 for outgoing wire transfers.
  • Other fees. ATMs outside Umpqua’s network cost $2.50 for each transaction. And if you plan to use your card outside the US, expect an extra 2% on top of your purchase.

If you’re looking for an account that’s available in more states, you’ll want to keep looking. As always, compare your options when choosing a checking account.

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M&T Bank EZChoice Checking
Over 1,500 M&T Bank ATMs
$0
Get $150 if you open an EZChoice M&T checking account by March 2, 2020, and make qualifying direct deposits totaling at least $500 within 90 days of account opening.
M&T Bank MyChoice Premium Checking
M&T Bank MyChoice Premium Checking
0.05% on balances of $100,000+
0.03% on balances of $50,000 to $99,999.99
0.01% on balances of $1 to $49,999.99
Over 1,500 free M&T Bank ATMs and up to $2 rebates when using all other ATMs
$24.95/month
(can be waived)
Get up to $250 if you open a MyChoice Premium M&T checking account by March 2, 2020, and make qualifying direct deposits totaling at least $500 within 90 days of account opening.
Chase Sapphire Checking
0.01%
Free to use anywhere worldwide
$25/month
(can be waived)
Get a $1000 welcome bonus when you join Sapphire Banking by March 06, 2020. Within 45 days of joining, transfer a total of $75,000 or more in qualifying new money or securities to a combination of eligible checking, savings and/or investment accounts (excludes any J.P. Morgan retirement accounts and CDs), and maintain the balance for at least 90 days.
BBVA Online Checking
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Axos Bank Rewards Checking
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ATM fees reimbursed at any ATM nationwide
$0
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Axos Bank Essential Checking
ATM fees reimbursed at any ATM nationwide
$0
No fees. Unlimited domestic ATM fee reimbursements.

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How much do I need to open an account?

Unlike other banks that require $100 or more to take advantage of a strong checking account, you can open Umpqua Embark Checking in person or online with a mere $25 opening deposit.

How do I apply?

1. Go to Umpqua’s website and find Embark Checking. Click Open Now.
2. Review the information you’ll need to provide to complete your application. Click Continue.
3. Enter your name, date of birth, Social Security number, phone number and email address. Click Continue.
4. Enter your address. Click Continue.
5. Review Umpqua’s overdraft options, indicating whether you’d like to add overdraft protection to your checking account. Click Continue.
6. Select two security questions you’ll use to protect your online account, and enter the answers you’ll remember. Click Continue.
7. Review your information for accuracy and carefully review Umpqua’s account disclosures. E-sign your authorization, and click Continue.

Finalize your application by funding your account with a deposit of at least $25. You can fund your new account from an existing Umpqua account, from an external account or with a credit or debit card.

After approval, you’ll receive your checking account’s debit card by mail.

Eligibility

For Umpqua Embark Checking approval, the bank requires:

  • US citizenship.
  • A residential address California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho or Nevada.
  • Proof that you’re at least 18 years old.
  • A Social Security number.
  • A valid bank account.

Required information

  • Primary home address
  • Valid email address and phone number
  • Social Security number
  • Government-issued ID
  • Banking details for the account to fund your checking account

What other checking options does Umpqua offer?

In addition to its Umpqua Embark Checking account, Umpqua offers flexible checking options designed to meet specific banking needs:

  • Access Checking. With an opening deposit of $25, you receive up to four non-Umpqua ATM fee rebates and one free incoming wire transfer each billing cycle.
  • Attain Checking. This top-tier personal checking account requires a $200 opening deposit but offers free incoming wire transfers, free checks and bonus interest on Umpqua CDs.
  • Community Business Checking. Open this business checking account with a $100 deposit to get 200 free checks monthly. Maintain a $1,000 minimum daily balance, and the bank waives your $10 monthly fee.
  • Marketplace Checking. Open your account with a $100 minimum deposit to get 500 free checks each month. Maintain a $25,000 minimum daily balance, and the bank waives your $25 monthly fee.
  • Business Analyzed Checking. A full-service account requiring a $100 minimum deposit offering earnings credits that can offset the $18 monthly maintenance fee.

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2 Comments

  1. Default Gravatar
    Stepheny
    March 5, 2019

    How long does it take for a cash deposit through bank ATM with cash?

    • Avatarfinder Customer Care
      Charisse
      March 6, 2019

      Hi Stepheny,

      Thanks for reaching out to Finder.

      Loads made at an ATM before 4:00 P.M. PT, on a business day, will be considered received by Umpqua bank on that day. However, loads made at an ATM after 4:00 P.M. PT, or on a non-business day, will be considered loaded on the next business day.

      Please note that all loads are subject to proof and verification.

      I hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Charisse

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