Online Banking Agreement | Online Banking Disclosure | Privacy Statement

Please Note: You are responsible for reading and accepting these Electronic Disclosures. By reading and accepting the ONLINE BANKING AGREEMENT, and filling in and submitting the FIRST TIME USER INFORMATION form, you acknowledge that you have read and accepted these Disclosures.

Online Banking Agreement

Thank you for your interest in the First State Bank Internet Banking service. This Agreement and Disclosure Statement provides information about the First State Bank online banking service and contains the disclosures required by the Electronic Funds Transfer Act. Please review the following disclosure information. Once you have completely reviewed the information, click I Understand and Accept to indicate your agreement and to begin the process of online banking. For a paper or electronic copy of this form please Contact Us and ask for an Internet Banking Agreement to be mailed or emailed to you.


The undersigned ("I" or "we"), in consideration of The First State Bank ("you" or "your") issuing me Login Codes for access to Internet Banking, hereby agrees to be legally bound by the following terms and conditions. 

1. Internet Banking Services 

I have the Checking and/or Savings account(s) with you set forth on my application form. I hereby request that you issue to me Login Codes to be used in connection with such accounts as described in the Agreement. I understand I may use Internet Banking to (1) transfer funds between accounts; (2) obtain available balances on accounts; (3) obtain the current balances on accounts; and (4) obtain transaction history on accounts. 

3. Identification Number and Password 

I understand that access requires the use of unique Login Codes assigned by you. I agree that electronic copies of communications are valid and I will not contest the validity of the originals absent proof of data or tampering. I understand that accessing Internet Banking with my Login Codes will authenticate and validate the directions given just as my actual signature will authenticate and validate my direction given to you. I acknowledge that my Login Codes are identification codes that are personal and confidential and that the use of the Login Codes is a security method by which you are helping me to maintain the security of my account(s). Therefore, I AGREE TO TAKE ALL REASONABLE PRECAUTIONS THAT NO ONE ELSE LEARNS MY LOGIN CODES. I AGREE THAT IF I GIVE MY LOGIN CODES TO SOMEONE ELSE TO USE, I AM AUTHORIZING THEM TO ACT ON MY BEHALF AND I WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY USE OF THE CODES BY THEM AT ANYTIME. 

4. Liability for Unauthorized Transactions 

I agree to contact you at once if I believe the Login Codes issued to me has been lost or stolen. I also agree that if my monthly statement shows transactions which I did not make, and I do not contact you within 60 days after the statement was mailed to me, I risk the return of lost funds. I understand that if I believe an unauthorized transfer from any of my accounts has occurred, I will contact you by writing, calling or e-mailing you at:

The First State Bank 
Internet Banking 
PO Box 910 
Malta, MT 59538 

406-654-2340 (during business hours) 


5. Charges 

I agree to pay the charges or transaction fees which are charged by you for these services or for services which may later be offered as such fees or charges may be imposed or changed from time to time. 

6. Amendment of this Agreement 

I agree that from time to time you may amend or change the terms of this Agreement including amendments or changes to add further On-line services or to amend or change the charges for these services. You may do so by notifying me in writing of such amendments or changes and my use of Internet Banking after the effective date of any such amendment or change shall constitute my acceptance of and agreement to such amendment or change. 

7. Disclosure 

I hereby acknowledge that I reviewed the online Banking Disclosure & Agreement, informing me of my rights under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. 


The purpose of this Disclosure Statement is to inform you of certain rights that you have under the Electronic Fund Transfer Act. 

Please Note: In this statement, the words "you" and "your" each refer to the person who uses or is authorized to use Internet Banking services. The words "we", "our" and "us" refer to The First State Bank. 

1. Internet Banking Services 

You may access our Internet Banking service using the personal Login Codes that we issue to you and conduct the following transactions: 

Transfer funds between:

  • your Checking account(s);
  • your Savings account(s); and

Make payments to:

  • your Loans and
  • your Check Line

Obtain the available balance(s) in:

  • your Checking account(s);
  • your Savings account(s); and
  • your Loans
  • your Certificates of Deposit/IRAs

Obtain the current balance(s):

  • your Checking account(s);
  • your Savings account(s), and
  • your Loans
  • your Certificates of Deposit/IRAs

Obtain transaction history from: 

  • your Checking account(s); 
  • your Savings account(s); and 
  • your Loans 
  • your Certificates of Deposit/IRAs

2. Banking Services 

Our On-line Banking service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. However, we only process transactions and update information on business days. Our on-line transfer business days are Monday through Friday, 7:00 pm. Transfers made on weekends, holidays, scheduled in advance or after 7:00 pm, will be processed on the next business day. 

3. Identification Number and Password 

Access to Internet Banking may be made by personal computer. Access requires the use of a unique login and Personal Identification Number (collectively, the "Login Codes") assigned by us. Your use of Internet Banking with the Login Code authorized by us will be deemed by us to be valid and authentic and you agree that any communications to us under your Login Code will be given the same legal effect as written and signed paper communications. You agree that electronic copies of communications are valid and you will not contest the validity of the originals, absent proof of altered data or tampering. 

4. Lost or Stolen Login Codes

If you believe your Password or other means of access have been lost or stolen or that someone has used them without your authorization, immediately change your Internet Banking Password. This is done by accessing the Change Password option. To change the Access ID you will have to contact us immediately by writing, calling or E-mailing us at:

The First State Bank 
Attn: Internet Banking Support 
P.O. Box 910
Malta, MT 59538-0910 

406-654-2340 (business hours only) 


Include in the message your name, address, telephone number and a brief description of the problem. All E-mail requests will be answered by close of the next business day. 

5. Charges for Transactions 

Depending on which service you subscribe to, you will be charged the applicable On-line banking monthly fee. For a listing of fees contact us. We reserve the right to change our fee schedule from time to time and to charge your account, in accordance with the fee schedule that will be provided to you, prior to assessment.

6. Record of Transaction 

You will receive a monthly statement showing the status of your account(s), transactions made during the past month, and any charges, which we may impose, for such services or transactions.

7. Error Resolution Notice

In case of errors or questions about your electronic transfers, call or write us at the telephone number or address listed in the disclosure, as soon as you can, if you think the statement or receipt is wrong or if you need more information about a transfer listed on the statement or receipt. We must hear from you no later than 60 days after we sent the FIRST statement on which the problem or error appeared.

  1. Tell us your name and account number (if any).
  2. Describe the error or the transfer you are unsure about, and explain as clearly as you can why you believe it is an error or why you need more information.
  3. Tell us the dollar amount of the suspected error.

If you tell us orally, we may require that you send us your complaint or question in writing within 10 business days.

We will determine whether an error occurred within 10 business days (five business days if the transfer involved a point-of-sale transaction and 20 business days if the transfer involved a new account) after we hear from you and will correct any error promptly. If we nee more time, however, we may take up to 45 days (90 days if the transfer involved a new account, a point-of-sale transaction, or a foreign-initiated transfer) to investigate your complaint or question. If we decide to do this, we will credit your account within 10 business days (five business days if the transfer involved a point-of-sale transaction and 20 business days if the transfer involved a new account) for the amount you think is in error, so that you will have the use of the money during the time it takes us to complete our investigation. If we ask you to put your complaint or question in writing and we do not receive it within 10 business days, we may not credit your account. Your account is considered a new account for the first 30 days after the first deposit is made, unless each of you already has an established account with us before the account is opened.

8. Liability for Unauthorized Transfers/Transactions 

CONTACT THE BANK IMMEDIATELY if you believe your Login Codes have been lost or stolen. Change your password and contact us. 

If you notify us of a loss, your liability for unauthorized transfers or payments will be as follows: 

If you contact us within two business days of the loss or your discovery of the loss, you can lose no more than $50.00 if someone used your Login Codes without your permission. 

If someone used your Login Codes without your permission, you could lose as much as $500 if you do not contact us within two business days after you learn of the loss and we can prove that we could have prevented the loss if you had contacted us. 

Also, if your monthly statement shows transfers or payments that you did not make and you do not contact us within 60 days after the statement was mailed to you, you may not get back any funds lost after the 60 days, if we can prove that your contacting us would have prevented those losses. 

9. Your Liability 

You agree to the terms of this On-line Banking Disclosure and the schedule of fees that may be imposed. You authorize us to deduct these fees as accrued directly from your account balance. You are liable for all transactions that you authorize. If you have given someone your Internet Banking Login Codes or other means of access and want to terminate that person's authority you must change your identification number and password and make the Bank aware of your intentions in writing. 

10. Account Restrictions 

Your name must appear in the legal title to make transfers between accounts or to initiate bill payments. You may not transfer between accounts with legal or signature restrictions. However, an account(s) may be viewed if you are an authorized signer on the account(s). 

11. Limits on On-line Banking Transactions 

All transactions performed through our On-line Service will be considered a Pre-authorized Electronic Funds Transfer. 

12. Our Liability for Failure to Complete Payments or Transfers 

If we fail to complete a transaction on time or in the correct amount, when properly instructed by you, we will be liable for damages caused by our failure unless: 

  • the account has been closed or is not in good standing. 
  • your equipment or ours was not working properly and the breakdown should have been apparent to you when you attempted to conduct the transaction. 
  • you have not given us complete, correct or current account numbers or other identifying information so that we can properly credit your account or otherwise complete the transaction. 
  • you do not properly follow our instructions or if you provide us with wrong or inaccurate information or fail to correct or tell us about any inaccuracy of which you are aware. 
  • you do not instruct us soon enough for your payment or transfer to be received and credited by the time it's due. 
  • the funds in the account from which a payment or transfer is to be made is subject to legal process or other claims restrict the transaction. 
  • circumstances or persons beyond our control prevent, delay, intercept or alter the transaction, despite reasonable precautions that we have taken. 
  • there are insufficient funds in your account to complete the transaction. 
  • we have reason to believe that the transaction requested is unauthorized. 
  • the failure was caused by an act of God, fire, or other catastrophe, or by an electrical or computer failure or by other causes beyond our control. 

In any case, we shall only be liable for actual proven damages if the failure to make the transactions resulted from a bona fide error despite our procedures to avoid such error. 

13. Change of Terms 

We reserve the right to amend or terminate the services offered from time to time and we will notify you a minimum of 30 days prior to any change by written notice to your last known address. 

14. Waiver of Agreement 

Any waiver of any term of this Agreement by us on occasion will not prevent us from asserting our rights to these terms in the future. 

15. Termination 

You may terminate the Agreement and your On-line Banking Service at any time upon giving written notice of the termination to us. If you terminate, you authorize us to continue making transfers and bill payments you have previously authorized until we have had a reasonable opportunity to act upon your termination notice. Once we have acted upon your termination notice, we will make no further transfers or payments from your account If we terminate your use of your subscribed On-line Service, we reserve the right to make no further transfers or payments from your account, including any transaction you have previously authorized. 

16. Disclosure of Account Information 

We will disclose information about your account or the transactions you make to third parties:

  • where it is necessary to complete transactions; 
  • to verify the existence and standing of your account with us upon the request of a third party, such as a credit bureau; 
  • in accordance with your written permission; 
  • in order to comply with court orders or government or administrative agency summonses, subpoenas, orders, examinations and escheat reports; and/or 
  • on receipt of certification from a federal agency or department that a request for information is in compliance with the Right to Financial Privacy Act of 1978.
17. Our Policy and Pricing Guide and Terms and Conditions on Deposit Accounts are available at our banking office upon request. 


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Online Banking Disclosure

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  1. Some links on this site will take you away from the First State Bank website. Although we strive to link to reputable sites on the internet we do not accept liability for the information found at any external link from this website.
  2. The email technology that this site utilizes is NOT SECURE, please do not enter any confidential information into any email sent to a bank official or any one else from this website.
  3. All information on this website is subject to change without notice. The First State Bank of Malta disclaims liability because of mechanical, human or any other errors on these pages. The First State Bank of Malta will not be held liable for any inaccuracy, computer virus or worm, or malicious code contained in this website. 

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