What Can I Use as Proof of Address? [Non-Res Banking]

In this article, weโ€™re answering โ€œwhat can I use as proof of address?โ€

Not surprisingly, this is one of the most common challenges that people face when opening bank accounts, especially in foreign countries.

And itโ€™s made worse by the fact that each country and each bank has slightly different requirements.

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Or, you can continue reading and learn more about proof of address options we outline below.

Feel free to use the table of contents to jump ahead to the sections most relevant to you.

Table of Contents

  1. What Can I Use as Proof of Address?
  2. Proof of Address
  3. Frequently Asked Questions
  4. Ready to Explore Your Options?

What Can I Use as Proof of Address?

You can use several different documents for proof of address. However, the specific options will depend on the bank and the country where you are applying for an account. For example, in certain cases, you can use a bank statement while other banks may require you to provide a utility bill or government-issued ID.

In addition to being from an accepted source, a proof of address must meet other requirements as well. These requirements include being no more than three to six months old (depending on the bank) and listing the exact name of the account applicant.

Of course, the address that is used during account opening needs to match the address on the proof provided. However, if it doesnโ€™t you can usually navigate this with the banker directly by explaining the reason for having a different address.

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Proof of Address

To recap, proof of address refers to any document that a financial institution can use to verify a residential address for an account applicant.

Banks generally request a proof of address for four reasons:

  1. Confirm your economic ties to a country
  2. Verify your identity through another reputable source
  3. Obtain an address for correspondence
  4. Rationalize your need for opening a bank account

Importantly, the address needs to be recent, it must include the applicant’s name, and should list the address that the applicant has used when applying for the account.

Address Documents to Open a Bank Account

Most banks and financial institutions will accept proof of address from a public utility or government agency. This can include an electricity bill, gas bill, water bill, or an account statement from one of these issuers.

Alternatively, official documents from government agencies can sometimes be used as well. These documents might include a letter confirming the applicant’s tax ID or (in the case of business accounts) corporate registration documents. But again, acceptance of these documents depends on the specific bank and country where you are applying.

Alternative Proof of Address Documents

When it comes to obtaining a proof of address, there are two important steps to navigate. The first step is actually having an address. Only in the second step do you need to worry about obtaining a proof.

In most cases, actually getting an address is the most challenging step. After that, navigating the acceptable options and obtaining a proof that the bank accepts can be overcome.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are two of the most common questions we receive from people wondering what they can use as proof of address. If you have further questions you would like answered, donโ€™t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

What Can Be My Proof of Address?

Your proof of address can be any document that is issued by a public utility company, government agency, major financial institution, and even credit card issuer. That said, not all banks allow applicants to use every type of proof, so itโ€™s important to confirm which documents they allow before you apply.

How Do I Get a Local Address Proof Without Proof?

In order to get a local address proof without existing proof, you need to determine which options the bank will accept. Otherwise, you may end up with an address that the bank denies. That said, most banks will accept a proof from a public utility, government agency, or bank. If you are not able to obtain these types of proof, we outline additional options for you in GlobalBanks IQ.

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