I want to open a new account. What type of identification do I have to present to the bank?

Banks are required by law to have a Customer Identification Program for the creation of new accounts. A new account may include, but is not limited to, a deposit account, an extension of credit, or the rental of a safe deposit box.

The minimum information that a bank must obtain when opening a new account includes:

  • Name,
  • Date of birth (for an individual),
  • Address, and
  • Identification number (for U.S. citizens, a taxpayer identification number is defined as the individual's Social Security number or employer identification number).

The bank must then verify the accuracy of the information via a review of documents such as a driver's license or passport. Or it can verify the information by comparing the information you provided with information from a credit-reporting agency or by checking prior bank references.

August 2019