Federal regulations enacted pursuant to Section 326 of the USA PATRIOT Act require all financial institutions to verify the identity of every person who seeks to open an account or become a signatory on an account with the institution. All persons are subject to the identity verification requirements even though they may be a long term customer of and well known to the institution.
For the purpose of the regulation, an “account” includes every formal banking relationship that entails ongoing services, dealings or transactions. Some examples are a deposit account, loan, trust relationship or safe deposit box rental.
If you request to open an account or become a signatory on an account with Farmers and Miners Bank and Farmers and Miners Bank has not previously verified your identity under the new regulatory requirements, Farmers and Miners Bank will request documentary verification of your identity, such as a driver’s license or passport and/or it will verify your identity through other non-documentary methods. Similar identification requirements apply to business entities such as corporations and partnerships.
Farmers and Miners Bank, by policy, is required to retain a copy of any document it relied on to verify your identity.