Your Guide to Switching to Salal

Wondering how to switch banks and make Salal your primary financial institution? We've got you covered. Follow these steps to switch your checking and savings to Salal.

1. Confirm Eligibility

You are eligible for membership if you:  

Live or work in Washington State or eligible counties in Oregon (Multnomah, Clackamas, Marion, Columbia, Douglas, Washington, Deschutes, Linn, or Lane).

Are related to a member or employee of Salal Credit Union. 

Your employer is a Salal Foundation member. 

You join the Salal Foundation individually.  

2. Opening a Checking or Savings Account 

Open Your Account Online

The application takes about 15 minutes to complete. Once completed, someone from the Salal team will then reach out to you within 1-2 business days to finalize the application process with you. 

Open Your Account Over the Phone
You can also call us and have a Salal team member help you with your application. Call 206.298.3494 (M-F: 9:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. PT).  

Apply in a Salal Branch  

If you live in the Seattle area, you can also open your account in person by visiting a Salal branch. We issue new debit cards on the spot, so you can start using it the same day. 

3. Enroll in Digital Banking 

Your next step is to enroll in Mobile and Online Banking. Signing up is easy and gives you the flexibility to get your banking done from wherever you are, 24/7. Download our mobile app to get to even more features, like Mobile Check Deposit and Zelle®. If you need help enrolling, check out our Mobile and Online Banking tutorials

4. Switch Your Direct Deposit 

Contact your employer, pension administrator, or other income provider. You’ll need your full 13-digit account number (for your new account) and Salal’s routing number, which is 325081610. If needed, you can fill out the Direct Deposit Authorization form and attach it to your employer’s direct deposit enrollment form. 

5. Transfer Funds and Update Your Automatic Payments  

Transfer the balance of your old account to your new Salal account. You can do this in Salal digital banking. Don't forget to leave enough money in your old account to cover any outstanding checks or payments you might have.   

Next, switch over any automatic bill payments or subscriptions such as loan and credit card payments, utilities, internet, etc. It can help to look at the last month's statement from your old account to make sure you aren't missing any auto payments. Also, make sure to update any payments that use your debit card number. 

6. Confirm Everything is Working Properly & Close Your Old Account

Do one last check to verify that direct deposit, automatic payments, and any other transfers to your new account are working. Also confirm that all checks, card transactions, and scheduled payments have cleared your old checking account. Then you can close your old account. Once your old account is closed, make sure to safely dispose of your old checks, debit cards, etc. 

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