Can I open a bank account if I am under 18 years old?
Yes you can! Some banks have rules that say you need your parent’s permission to open a bank account if you are a younger child. But if you are over 13, most banks let you open a bank account.
What do I need to open a bank account?
You need to find a bank and to bring identification and proof of your address. Some of the things you could bring to show your identity could be:
What if I am a refugee claimant and I do not have my photo ID yet?
If you are waiting for your photo ID paper from the government, you can also bring the white paper called the “Acknowledgement of Claim” document.
If you made your refugee claim online, you will receive a copy of this document online in the refugee portal. You can print it and take it to the bank.
How do I pick a bank to open my account at?
There are lots of bank options! Not all banks are the same.
Some banks charge more money for bank accounts than others.
Some banks have special youth accounts.
Some are only online services, which keeps the cost lower.