What you'll need to open a business deposit account - CA, 94105 Change Location

When opening a business checking or savings account, all banks are required to obtain information verifying the business as well as the individuals associated with the business.  This list will help you quickly and easily determine the documents needed.  Based on your business type, you will need one of the following or the appropriate documents issued by a Government agency.

  • When visiting a store, bring original or certified copies of your business documents with you.
  • When applying online or over the phone, you will need to fax the certified documents to us.

Sole Proprietor

If the business name does not include the legal first and last name of the owner, you will need one of the following documents:

  • Fictitious Name Certificate or Statement
  • Certificate of Assumed Name
  • Business License
  • Registration of Trade Name

For example: If the owner’s legal name is Jan Johnson, and the business name is Johnson Jewelers, you will need the additional documentation. However, if the business name is Jan Johnson Jewelers you will not.

Partnerships

General Partnership

You will need one of the following business documents:

  • Partnership Agreement
  • Fictitious Name Certificate or Statement
  • Certificate of Assumed Name
  • Business License

If you do not have one of the documents noted above, simply provide a written statement signed by all partners indicating no written Partnership Agreement exists.

Limited Partnership

You will need one of the following business documents:

  • Certificate of Limited Partnership
  • Limited Partnership document

Limited Liability Partnership

You will need one of the following business documents:

  • Statement of Qualification
  • Limited Partnership document

Limited Liability Company

You will need one of the following business documents:

  • Articles of Organization
  • Certificate of Organization
  • Certificate of Formation

Corporation

You will need one of the following business documents:

  • Articles of Incorporation
  • Certificate of Good Standing

Social/Recreational Clubs, Unincorporated Associations and Civic Groups

You will need one of the following business documents:

  • Business License
  • Fictitious Name Certificate or Statement
  • Certificate of Assumed Name
  • Organization/Association Articles or Bylaws
  • Certificate of Good Standing
  • Certificate of Formation
  • Certificate of Organization
  • Statement of Organization
If you don’t have one of the business documents listed, please provide another document such as board meeting minutes

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