Frequently Asked Questions
A: A credit union is a cooperative, not-for-profit financial institution organized to promote thrift and provide credit to members. It is member-owned and controlled through a board of directors elected by the membership. The board serves on a volunteer basis and may hire a management team to run the credit union. The board also establishes and revises policy, sets dividend and loan rates, and directs certain operations. The result: members are provided with a safe, convenient place to save and borrow at reasonable rates at an institution which exists to benefit them, not to make a profit.
A: Most financial institutions are owned by stockholders, who own a part of the institution and intend on making money from their investment. A credit union doesn't operate in that manner. Rather, each credit union member owns one "share" of the organization. The user of credit union services is also an owner, and is even entitled to vote on important issues, such as the election of member representatives to serve on the board of directors.
A: Your deposits are federally insured up to $250,000 by the National Credit Union Administration which is the government agency that insures credit union funds.
A: Meet any of the following criteria, and you can open an account at Dakotaland Federal Credit Union.
1. Anyone who lives, works, worships or attends school in the following counties:
2. You're a family member of an existing member. Family member is defined as: spouse, child, sibling, parent, parent-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, stepchildren, stepparents, stepsiblings, adopted children, foster children, brother or sister in-laws, aunts, uncles, aunt-in-law, uncle-in-law, niece, nephew or cousin.|
A: Credit unions are member-owned, not-for-profit, cooperative financial institutions. It's simple to join Dakotaland Federal Credit Union. Just stop into one of our eight convenient locations with your social security card and government issued photo ID and deposit your lifetime membership fee of $5 into a Regular Share Account. Then enjoy all the benefits that Dakotaland Federal Credit Union has to offer.
A: Dakotaland Federal Credit Union is aimed at helping our youth learn the importance of finances and encourages you to open an account in your child's name today. Minors (anyone under the age of 18) must have an account with joint ownership with an adult.
A: Dakotaland now has branches in seven eastern South Dakota towns: Brookings, De Smet, Huron, Madison, Redfield, Volga and Woonsocket. Click Here for a complete listing.
A: You can access your Dakotaland account(s) at any one of our 8 branch locations. Stop in at our office in Brookings, De Smet, Huron North, Huron South, Madison, Redfield, Volga, or Woonsocket and find the same great service you have come to expect. And don't forget, a surcharge free ATM can also be found at every Dakotaland branch office.
A: Dakotaland Federal Credit Union owns several ATMs in the communities in which we serve. Our ATMs provide FREE, unlimited transactions when you use any DFCU ATM with a DFCU issued ATM or Check Card or an ATM within the Advantage network.
Click Here to find a location near you.
A: Our routing number is 291479356.
A: Your account information is updated immediately with your most recent transaction history. All transactions are processed and posted to your account in real time.
A: Your balance is how much money you currently have in your account not counting any pending transactions. Your available balance takes into consideration all transactions that are currently pending. e*Teller will also show pending ATM card transactions.
A: Yes, we offer Touchtone Teller, a free service that provides Member Information Access 24 hours a day. Click Here for complete Instructions or give us a call during business hours to speak with a Member Services Representative at (605) 353-1800 or 1-800-440-7791.
A: Yes, IRAs are offered at Dakotaland. For more information, click on the Checking/Savings tab and select "IRA".
A: If the check cleared your account within the last 18 months you can access a check image via e*Teller by clicking on the "history" tab," finding the check you are looking for & clicking on the blue check number. This is a free service at your credit union.
A: If you have access to e*Teller home banking, you can look at the last five years of activity on your account and print reports by month. There is no charge for this service.
A: An eStatement is an exact replica of your paper statement, therefore, it contains the identical information. It's available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. e*Statements are stored electronically for you for at least 12 months and are available on the first day of every month. There's no waiting for the mail to arrive and it is a free service to our members.
A: Absolutely! In fact, your e*Statement may even be safer than a paper copy. e*Statements will never be emailed to you. Instead, it requires your very own secure e*Teller login.
A: If you are already an e*Teller user, simply click on the e*Statement tab on the left hand side of your screen and click "sign up for e*Statements."
A: In an effort to process checks more quickly, many merchants and companies have the option to convert the paper checks you write into electronic checks. It is important to know that financial institutions have no control over the use of electronic checks by the merchant you sent them to. Financial Institutions are obligated to honor a check in electronic or paper form at the time it is presented.
A: Yes! With Online Banking, you have access to your account information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Try it out at mobile.dakotalandfcu.com
A: At DFCU, you can send and receive both domestic and international wire transfers. Click Here for complete instructions.
A: e*Teller is a tool that allows you to use a personal computer with an Internet connection to conduct your banking online. Click Here for further details.
A: Use e*Teller to manage your Credit Union account(s) 24 hours a day. Anytime, anywhere you have online access to view and transact business on most all your Dakotaland accounts and it's absolutely FREE. To sign up for e*Teller, Click Here.
A: You can access your checking, savings, investment and loan accounts from the e*Teller service. Our e*Teller product is intended to give you as much access, security and versatility as possible.
A: The system will automatically show the current month's transactions and information. However, by selecting "history," you can choose to view the current month, the previous 30 days, the previous 10 days, or you can choose to view your account based off a date range you select at the bottom of the account history screen. The history will archive 5 years worth of transactions.
A: The system will automatically log you off e*Teller after thirty minutes of inactivity.
A: Simply click on the "click here to enroll now" button on our home page or contact a Dakotaland FCU Member Service Representative at 1-800-440-6573.
A: Reset Your Password yourself (How?) or contact Member Services 1-800-440-6573 and we will take you through the steps needed to get back into the system immediately.
A: We're here to make your life easier. And what could be easier than to have your paycheck automatically deposited for you every month—absolutely free!
Arrange to have your entire paycheck, pension, or other regular payment deposited directly into your Dakotaland account. Direct Deposit is safe, fast, reliable and costs you nothing. No running around. No standing in lines. No filling out deposit slips. Click Here to sign up for Direct Deposit today!
A: By compiling your payment history, credit card balances, auto loans, retail accounts and hundreds of other factors, the end result is a numerical score or credit report that guides lenders in the terms they offer for a variety of financial products. Most sources say that the scale ranges from 350 to 850.
• Less than 600 is bad, and you will have a very hard time getting any kind of loan.
• 600-640: You will be able to do things with this, but more than likely be plagued with very high interest rates and unattractive terms.
• 641-680: This is ok. Not the best, but far from the worst and you will be able to get decent interest rates on loans, but still not entirely desirable.
• 681-720: This is good. You should be able to get loans easily, and the higher end of this has a good chance of low interest rates.
• 720 and up: This is the credit score goal! You should be getting the best possible rates and be able to do anything you want with your credit.