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What items are needed to open a bank account?

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NerdWallet details the items that banks require to open new accounts as a form of government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license, state identification card or passport. Proof of a valid Social Security number, birth date and current address are also required.

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What items are needed to open a bank account?
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Banks usually require that an account owner be at least 18 years old, according to NerdWallet. For individuals under 18, a parent or guardian must co-own the account. If an account has more than one owner, each individual must provide the required documentation. Individuals should verify these requirements prior to visiting the bank as different banks may have their own requirements.

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