How to Open a Bank Account

Many people do not have or know how to open a bank account. In today’s high technological environment, there are two ways to open a bank account. We can either choose to go to the bank itself or we can apply online. For those that cannot get to the bank during normal banking hours, the online option is a great tool.

Choosing a Bank

First, you will need to choose the banking institution that you want to do business with. The bank should be specifically tailored to your needs and should be convenient.  The most important factor is typically location. The bank should be situated close to where you live.

If you want to open a money market or savings account, you will want to shop around for the best ROI (Return On Investment). The information about the bank can found online.

Most banks offer a free bank checking account as well as many other packages. It is best to review all the packages they have available to you at roughly 3 separate banks to properly weigh your options.

Start the Process

Once you have decided on which bank you will use, you can go to their location during normal business hours or you can go to their site to open your bank checking account, savings account and more.

If you go to the location, you will need to sign in and take a seat. The bank representative will call you, once they are ready for you. If you are doing it online, simply follow the prompts for opening a new account. This is typically started by clicking on a button labeled ‘become a member’.

Providing Information

Whether you open up your bank account in person or over the internet, you will be required to supply the same information in both cases. You will need to supply your full legal name, social security number and provide a drivers license or ID card issued by the state.

The only difference between online and going into the bank is the bank associate will often times make a copy of your driver’s license where online they won’t.

Accepting the Terms

Each bank has their own set of terms they expect you and the company to abide by. You should familiarize yourself with the nsnk terms.
The terms include all information about fees such as over limit fees, account maintenance, usage and more. It also outlines bank holidays, special events and a specific layout of function and rules.

Once you sign the opening documents, you agree to the terms offered by the banking institution. After you have accepted the terms, you will be provided with temporary checks. Official checks and debit cards arrive in the mail a couple of weeks after an account has been opened.