Check Systems, or ChexSystems, is a consumer-reporting agency that financial institutions use to find out if applicants have a negative banking history, including closures due to overdrawn accounts or excessive non-sufficient fund charges. If an individual is denied an account at a bank or credit union, information received through ChexStems is a common cause.
Information gathered and reported on ChexSystems stays on file for five years, unless otherwise required by law or requested by the reporting member.
Removal of Account
When a derogatory account is paid, the financial institution that reported the account is only required to update the information as paid; they are under no legal obligation to remove the filing.
Legal Rights and Consumer Requests
ChexSystems is governed by the laws under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, enforced by the Federal Trade Commission, and therefore consumers are entitled to view their report for accuracy. Requests can be made either in writing or online.