As a result of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Congress enacted the USA PATRIOT Act. This Act, which is designed in part to fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, includes a provision requiring all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens an account.

What the identification requirements mean for you:

When you open an account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow the financial institution to identify you. They may also ask to see your driver's license or that you provide other identifying documents. They will verify the identity information that you provide. The means of verification are varied and may include the use of credit reports and similar information sources.

Please remember that these identification requirements:
  • are mandated by law;
  • are intended to help combat terrorism and other attempts to use our country's financial systems for improper purposes; and
  • help protect you from identity theft.