Opening a bank account

Steps to open a Bank Account

  • Decide which services you want. The Bank Account Selector tool can help you decide.>
  • Choose a bank. Pick a bank that has a location and hours that are good for you, with all the se vices you want.
  • Make an appointment to go to the bank in person. If you are under 18, you must take your parent or guardian.
  • Review the account options. Make sure to ask them about services, interest rates, and service fees.
  • Complete the papers needed to open an account. Make sure that you bring the right identification (I.D.).

You have three options:

  1. You can show 2 pieces of I.D. from List A below
  2. You can show 1 piece of I.D. from List A and 1 piece of I.D. from List B
  3. You can show 1 piece of I.D. from List A and have someone the bank knows confirm your identity.


List A

List B

  • Canadian driver’s license
  • Canadian passport
  • Canadian birth certificate
  • Social Insurance Number (SIN) card Old Age Security Card
  • Certificate of Indian Status
  • Provincial or territorial health card (except in Manitoba, Ontario or PEI)
  • Certificate of Canadian Citizenship or Cer- tification of Naturalization
  • Permanent Resident card or Citizenship and Immigration Canada form IMM 1000, IMM 1442 or IMM5292
  • Employee I.D. card
  • Debit card or bank card with your name and signature
  • Canadian credit card with your name and signature
  • Current foreign passport
  • Canadian National Institue for the Blind. (CNIB) client card with your photo and signature
November 11, 2014
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