Information You Need
In addition to presenting an ID, which the bank officials usually will make a copy of, you also will need to provide some additional information, such as your Social Security number and your mailing address. If you are applying for a joint account, you also will need the same information and the ID for the co-applicant. For business accounts, you will need your Employer Identification Number and a copy of your business license or certificate of incorporation. Some banks also may ask you to provide the Memorandum and Articles of Association.