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What are Acceptable Forms of ID and Proof of Address?


Interested in opening a bank account? Learn about the documents you’ll need.

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A government issued ID

This form of identification verifies who you say you are by allowing the bank to match up your face to your name. You can bring your driver’s license, state issued ID or passport as proof of your identity. If you need to obtain a driver’s license or state issued ID, there are some hints on how to obtain below.

Social Security Card

In order to fully prove your identity, you’ll need to prove that you have a valid Social Security number (SSN). Be certain to bring that document along when you are ready to open an account.

Current official document with your name and address

This information can come from a number of documents, but is necessary to proving where you live. A utility bill, credit card statement, lease agreement or mortgage statement will all work to prove residency. If you’ve gone paperless, print a billing statement from your online account.

Obtaining a state issued ID

If you’re trying to get a library card, open a bank account, or renew your license at the DMV, you’ll need to provide proof of identity and address. Here’s a list of the most commonly used documents to prove who you are and where you live.

Valid Forms of ID

  • Valid Driver's License
  • State-issued Identification Card
  • Military Identification Card
  • Passport or Passport Card

Proof of Address

  • Valid Driver's License
  • Property Tax Receipt
  • Posted Mail with name of applicant
  • Utility Bill
  • Lease Agreement or mortgage statement
  • Insurance Card
  • Voter Registration Card
  • College Enrollment Papers
  • Bank or credit card statement, insurance policy or bill

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