How to open a savings account

Before you go to the bank, see what you need to bring with you.

When you open a savings account, the bank will need to verify your identity. You may need to bring one or more pieces of identification to do so.

Two forms of current photo identification are usually required. Ask your bank what forms of identification they accept, for example:

    A passport

  • Driver’s license or state ID
  • Passport
  • U.S. military ID
  • Alien Registration card
  • Matricula Consular card

Ask your bank if they can accept a major credit or gas card as identification.

Money to deposit. Be prepared by asking your bank in advance if there will be a minimum deposit required.

To learn how to use your savings account, see the lesson Using and managing your accounts.

Click the Next button to learn about checking accounts.