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#1390404 - 05/13/10 11:51 AM Can a 14 year old have a checking account
Will Offline
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Registered: 12/30/02
Posts: 48
We have a parent that wants to allow their 14 year old to have a checking account. The parent would also be an owner on the account. We have allowed 16 year olds to have an account with their parent also on the account, but not anyone younger. I can't find anything that says that a 14 year old couldn't be an owner on a checking account, but I just find it hard to believe they could. Hopefully someone will be able to shed some light on this.

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#1398531 - 06/02/10 10:57 AM Re: Can a 14 year old have a checking account [Re: Will]
JLPope Offline
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Registered: 12/31/08
Posts: 7
Welcome to the 21st century of banking! As the father of two teenagers I can vouch that at least in our neighborhood, the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, almost every teenager I know has a debit card.

JPM Chase advertises that it allows 13 year olds to have a joint checking account with a parent! (The parent has to have or open their own account at Chase.)

As for other banks, after escalating the issue - the branch person was totally clueless - my primary bank, Bank of America, would open such an account for my daughter (with me as a co-owner) when she was 14. My son opened his own checking account at BoA at 16 - I am not a co-owner of that account. (FYI I don't work at either of these institutions.)

From a legal standpoint there is no problem at all. For more than 50 years, Illinois law has specifically allowed banks to accept deposits from minors and prohibits those minors from asserting their minority regarding any transactions.

Of course, state law only states that is allowed - whether to do so is decision every bank must make. However, with the largest bank in the state actively soliciting such accounts, it would probably be prudent to at least open such accounts on a request basis.


Edited by JLPope (06/02/10 11:02 AM)

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#1407387 - 06/23/10 04:33 PM Re: Can a 14 year old have a checking account [Re: JLPope]
Dan Persfull Offline
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Registered: 08/28/02
Posts: 40520
Loc: Bloomington, IN
To go along with JL's comment here is the Indiana Code. See the last section, -16:

http://www.in.gov/legislative/ic/code/title28/ar1/ch23.html
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#1407393 - 06/23/10 04:37 PM Re: Can a 14 year old have a checking account [Re: Dan Persfull]
Dan Persfull Offline
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Oops, sorry. I thought I was in the Indiana forum. Got to quick with the clicker. smile
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#1448979 - 09/27/10 06:59 PM Re: Can a 14 year old have a checking account [Re: Dan Persfull]
xerx Offline
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Registered: 07/23/10
Posts: 224
Ugh. Today we had a woman (presumably mother) want to open up a CD in her kid's name (sole ownership). Her kid is 9.

CD's seem like low risk, but this still seems odd.

ChexSystems realized the owner was a minor and provided a strange response:

"ID verification cannot be performed for minors due to legal restrictions. Please verify the identity of the guardian associated with the minorís account."

Good stuff.

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