1. How can I open a bank account?

It is very simple. To open a bank account you need to give a ‘proof of identity and address’ alongwith a recent photograph.

2. What are the documents to be given as ‘proof of identity’ and ‘proof of address’ by me?

Any one of the documents such as:

  • Passport
  • Driving Licence
  • Voters’ Identity Card
  • PAN Card
  • Aadhaar Card issued by UIDAI and
  • NREGA Card

can be furnished as ‘proof of identity’. If these documents also contain your address, it can serve both as ‘proof of identity and address’

3. If I am staying in Chennai but my address proof shows my address of New Delhi, can I still open an account in Chennai?

Surely you can. Alongwith your proof of address of New Delhi, you will have to declare your Chennai address for communication purposes.

4. Why do banks require proof of identity and address?

Banks require your proof of identity and address as a part of Know Your Customer (KYC) requirement to ensure that banks  know their customers properly.

  1. What do I do, if I do not have any documents to show my ‘proof of identity’? Can I still open a bank account?

Of course you can. You can still open a bank account known as ‘Small Account’ by submitting your recent photograph and putting your signature or thumb impression in front of the bank official.

However, this ‘Small Accounts’ have certain limitations such as balance at any point of time should not exceed Rs.50,000, total credits in one year should not exceed Rs.1 ,00,000 and total withdrawal should not exceed Rs. 10,000 in a month.

6. I do not want my account to be subject to any limitations. But if I do not have any document to show my ‘proof of identity’, can I still open a bank account?

Yes you can still open a bank account, only if you are assessed as a ‘low risk’ customer by the bank, by submitting a copy of any one of the following documents:

(i)  identity card with your photograph issued by Central/State Government Departments, Statutory/Regulatory Authorities, Public Sector Undertakings, Scheduled Commercial Banks, and Public Financial Institutions;

or

(ii)letter issued by a gazetted officer, with a duly attested photograph of yours.

Source- RBI

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17 Comments

  1. Km Anshul says:

    Hii, my name is Anshul I’m 20 yrs old & want to open saving a/c but I haven’t pan card is it possible to open an account.
    In identity proof documents I just have aadhar card.

  2. Vijay says:

    I want to open bank account with name of vijay Kumar Singh can I open it in my addhar card name is vijay Kumar sahni tell me solution for it how to open account on this name vijay Kumar singh

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  4. Gulshan kumar says:

    I read in class 11th & i want create a bank account. i have 10th admit card, slc,Marks sheet&11th collage id card. Am i create a bank a/c?

  5. Siddharth Bharati says:

    Hi,

    I stay in Paying guest in Mumbai and have a partnership firm.
    Please guide me how to register for ST 2 ? I don’t have any current resident proof.

    Awaiting for your suggestions and feedbacks.

    Regards
    Siddharth

  6. Gazendra Mishra says:

    Dear Mr. Thakkar,
    For opening a current account (proprietorship), you can register your firm in Service tax under “Legal Consultant” category. After submission the documents, like ST-1, and supporting docs, The Service Tax department issue ST-2 containing your Firm Name. After issue the ST-2 you can show it to Bank for account opening, However Private Banks (HDFC, ICICI & AXIS Bank) open the Current account easily.

    Thanks,

  7. Rajesh Thakkar Advocate says:

    The problem is not for opening saving account but current account by the proprietor in the name of firm by the advocate. Because BCI is not enrolled the name in the name of firm like ICAI. Moreover, Shop Establishment Act is not applicable to professional person. Profession tax number is issuing in the name advocate and not in the name of advocate’s firm name. Therefore, it is difficult to prove KYC norms for advocate proprietor firm.

    If you have any way, please intimate me.

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