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Online banking has become a common thing for many people. It's very convenient and easy to do. But can you get started with online banking without having to go outside? More specifically, is it possible to open a bank account online?
Being able to do things online can be extremely convenient, especially if you're constantly busy or spend most of your days working remotely. This article will help you learn more about the process of opening a bank account online and why you should consider doing so. It will also give you some tips and advice on how to choose the right bank for your needs. Let's get started learning about online banking now!
How to Open a Bank Account Online
Online banking is an extremely convenient way to manage your finances without having to go outside and deal with the hassle of being at a bank or at an ATM machine. Instead, all you need is a computer or mobile device and an internet connection!
Most banks offer the option to open a bank account online. While the steps to open a bank account online are similar to the steps you would take to open a traditional bank account, there are some key differences. Here are the basic steps to opening a bank account online:
Have all the documents ready
The first thing you need to do is have all the documents you'll need for opening a bank account ready. These documents will usually include your ID, your birth certificate, your social security card, and recent bank statements from other existing accounts, if you have any. Sometimes they’ll ask for an initial deposit. Keep in mind that this will largely vary depending on what kind of account you're opening (i.e debit or credit?) as well as the bank you're going to.
Fill in the online form
The next step is to fill out the online form. Most of the time, this includes filling in your personal information such as your name, address, and other details. In addition to that, you'll need to provide your personal information such as your birth date and the number of your social security card. Bank for millionaires or less wealthy individuals may require slightly different information.
Verify your identity
After you've filled out the form, you'll need to verify your identity. This is done by having a photo taken of you at a bank or by using a webcam and connecting to a representative from the bank. You'll also usually be asked to answer a few basic questions about your personal details. This step is often used as a way to prevent fraudsters from opening accounts in your name.
Start putting money in your new bank account
After you've verified your identity, you'll need to complete the transactions needed for opening a bank account online. You should be good to go! Sometimes, the bank will take a few days to get your account opened. However, in most cases, it will take only a few minutes or several hours to open your account. Now you can reap all the benefits of online banking!