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Become a Member

When you belong to a credit union, you’re more than a customer or client. You’re a member of a growing organization that’s truly committed to this community.

Join ESL Today!

Becoming a member is easier than you think.


Membership Eligibility

You’re already eligible if you:

Live in these NYS counties (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates AND:

  • Have a family member or member of your household who’s already an ESL member.
  • Live, work, worship, or attend school in the geographic boundaries of the City of Rochester.
  • Are an employee or retiree of one of these great companies.
  • Are a member of one of these groups and associations.
  • Are a member, employee, retiree, or volunteer at the George Eastman Museum.

And once you become a member, your immediate family automatically becomes eligible for membership, too.

Still not eligible?

If you meet a few basic requirements and live in one of these eligible counties (Genesee, Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Orleans, Seneca, Steuben, Wayne, Wyoming, or Yates), we’ll pay for your membership at the internationally renowned George Eastman Museum. Then you’ll be ready to join ESL and open your first account.

Required Documentation

  • Provide a copy of a valid and current form(s) of identification (see table below):
    • One Primary form of ID from List A, OR
    • One Secondary form of ID from List B AND one Secondary form of ID from List C
  • Non-Resident Alien must provide all of the following:
    • Unexpired Passport from Country of Origin (cannot be from an OFAC blocked country)
    • One form of ID from either List B or List C (see table below)
    • Proof of U.S. physical address
List A: Primary form of ID*
List A: Primary form of ID*
Driver’s License
U.S. Government Issued Picture ID
State Issued Non-Driver’s License ID
U.S. Passport
Picture Benefits Card
Pistol Permit
Lists B & C: Secondary forms of ID*
List B: Secondary form of ID List C: Secondary form of ID*
Work Picture ID (with Employer’s name) Credit Card (in your name)
School Picture ID (current school year only) Social Security Card
  Health Insurance Card
  Utility Bill (in your name and dated within the last 2 months)

*Please contact us if the address on your ID is not your current address, is a P.O. Box or an address isn’t listed. Further information will be needed to process your membership request.

USA Patriot Act Notice

Important information about procedures for opening a new account.

To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, Federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.

What this means for you:

  • When you open an account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you.
  • We may also ask to see your driver's license or other identifying documents.


Contact an ESL representative who will be happy to explain your options and help you complete the account opening process.