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Guide opening a bankaccount:

How Undocumented Immigrants Can Get Bank Accounts

Some banks let you open an account with an ITIN or passport instead of a Social Security number.

There are banks that don’t require a Social Security number, so if you’re undocumented, it’s still very possible to open an account.

Here’s how to open a bank account without an SSN and why doing so can make you safer and save you money.

What you need to open a bank account

At a minimum, a bank is required by law to obtain basic personal information from you when you open a new account. Here’s what you’ll need to provide:

1. Name and date of birth. To confirm your name and birthday, if you’re undocumented, banks typically require one of the following documents:

  • Unexpired passport.

  • Government-issued driver's license (including foreign licenses).

  • Consular ID.

  • Birth certificate.

People in New York City, San Francisco or other cities that issue municipal IDs can often use those IDs as proof of identity.

2. Proof of address. Banks and credit unions often require proof of a street address to open an account. One of the following can satisfy this requirement:

  • Utility bill.

  • Lease.

  • Current driver’s license or municipal ID.

3. Identification number. An identification number means one of the following:

  • Social Security number (SSN).

  • ITIN (Individual Taxpayer Identification Number — Skip ahead to see how to get one).

  • Alien identification card number.

  • Any other government-issued document that proves your nationality or residence, such as a passport or foreign driver’s license.

Banks and credit unions may have requirements in addition to the ones listed above.

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