Business Bank Accounts for Delaware Companies

By Devin Scott Tuesday, May 28, 2019

how to open a delaware business bank account“I want to open a Delaware business bank account." I can’t tell you how often we hear this request from international clients.

Why? Many clients that form Delaware corporations also need U.S. business bank accounts in order to receive payments here in the U.S. Wherever the company is based, if the objective is to provide I.T. services or to become a vendor on Amazon or eBay, for example, non-U.S. clients selling to U.S. customers want to enable and facilitate that transaction.

Many of our non-U.S. clients will want to set up a payment gateway of some sort, like PayPal, while others may simply want to have a U.S. business checking account for their Delaware corporation.

Whatever the case may be, the opening of a U.S. bank account for non-U.S. clients is one of the most difficult steps in the entire incorporation process.

Unfortunately, we cannot assist in setting a up bank accounts for companies we form. However, we can prepare, file and provide you with the approved Certificate of Formation, electronically, in two to three days or less. We assist our non-U.S. clients with obtaining their federal EINs. We also provide you with free templates of LLC Operating Agreements.

We also provide a digital corporate seal for each company for which we serve as the Delaware Registered Agent.

Here are some of the commonly asked questions about opening a U.S. Bank Account from overseas.

What Documents Are Needed to Open a U.S. Bank Account?

Unfortunately, no two U.S. banks are exactly the same, and their specific policies and procedures for opening a business bank account for a Delaware corporation can be drastically different. There are, however, certain requirements that will be uniform for most banks. These are some of the things that will be needed to open the bank account for a Delaware company:

Additional documents that banks may ask for include:

  • Certificate of Authority: Also known as a Foreign Qualification, this is obtained through registering your business as a foreign entity in the state in which the company is operating and/or banking. Most banks require a valid Certificate of Authority in order to open an account for those companies that have been formed outside of that respective state. This is important because the bank account is the point through which revenue is channeled, and thus it is often considered part of a company’s operations. Since every state has its own requirements for Foreign Qualification, we are happy to take care of this detail for you. 
  • Certificate of Good Standing: Also known as a Certificate of Existence, this is a certificate provided by the Delaware Secretary of State’s office stating your company is current with all Delaware Franchise Taxes, filings and Registered Agent Fees.

Many banks require a Certificate of Good Standing when a company applies for a loan, a line of credit or wants to open a merchant account. A company may also be asked to present a Certificate of Good Standing before signing a large contract. Often, if the company is brand new or very recently formed, the Certificate of Good Standing is not required. It is best to confirm with the bank ahead of time.

You can order a Certificate of Good Standing online for your company.

Do I Have to Go to the Bank in Person?

While we can provide the proper documentation for opening the Delaware business bank account, unfortunately, a major hurdle for non-U.S. clients is appearing in person at the bank. When it comes to opening the business bank account, virtually all U.S. banks want to meet with their clients face-to-face. In our experience, every U.S. bank will typically want to meet with their potential clients in person.

Some of our international clients are able to travel to the U.S. just to open the business bank account, in which case, this is not an issue. In many cases, however, this may not be a feasible option. Often, clients reach out to a friend or family member that lives in the U.S., someone they trust, who is willing to help open the U.S. bank account for the Delaware company on their behalf.

Which U.S. Bank Should I Use for My Delaware Company?

Traditionally, business owners do their research on a multitude of U.S. banks to find the one they feel best suits their needs.

It’s a good idea for non-U.S. clients to call or email the bank they wish to do business with and get all the details on opening the bank account before they ever step foot in the branch. This is a good way to ensure everything will go smoothly when opening account, and to avoid any unnecssary headaches.

Additionally, if there is a U.S.-based bank with an international branch in your country, we encourage you to contact them and see if they are able to facilitate opening your U.S. account.

Does a Delaware Company Have to Open a Bank Account in Delaware?

No. Delaware company owners often open a bank account wherever it is most convenient for them, generally the state in which they are doing business. It is common for Delaware companies to operate all over the world, and banks typically understand this reality.

This is where your Certificate of Authority becomes significant; it lets the bank know that even though the company was formed in Delaware, it is legally registered to operate in your home state as well.

While we cannot assist you with opening a U.S. bank account, we are here to help in any other way we can. If you have any questions about forming your Delaware LLC, please give us a call at 800-345-2677. Our friendly customer service representatives are ready to assist.

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There are 25 comments left for Business Bank Accounts for Delaware Companies

Andrija said: Sunday, March 15, 2020

Dear Sirs, I am an EU citizen and am interested in setting up a Delaware LLC. Can my business bank account be opened at one online financial services company such as TransferWise, Payoneer, OFX, Revolut, … for a Delaware LLC? Thank you in advance. Sincerely, Andrija

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

We do have many clients that use online services like the ones you mentioned. Unfortunately, we are not able to advise on whether any specific service would meet your needs for your business. We recommend contacting the companies directly to determine what's best for you.

Dharam Vir said: Monday, March 9, 2020

Hi I am in the same shoes. Could you tell me the name of the bank? Truly appreciated

HBS Staff replied: Monday, March 9, 2020

Unfortunately. there is not a specific bank that we can recommend to you. Many of our clients will start by looking for a US bank that has a branch in the client's home country. 

GEORGE ARSENOV said: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Hi there: I have a company that is already registered in Delaware and need to open a suitable bank account that can handle letter of credit. Can you recommend and assist me with opening a business bank account? Regards, George

HBS Staff replied: Wednesday, August 28, 2019

George, unfortunately we do not provide any service to assist with opening a U.S. bank account. Each bank may have different requirements, so we recommend reaching out to the banks directly to discuss your needs.

Edward Chong said: Saturday, June 29, 2019

Hi, I have a question regarding opening an LLC in Delaware and banking for tax purposes. If I open an LLC in Delaware, and business bank in California, will I be subject to taxes in California? Thanks.

HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Edward, we encourage you to speak with a tax professional for all matters related to taxation. Often, maintaining a business bank account in a state does constitute "doing business" in that state and you may be required to obtain Foreign Qualification to operate there.

Mohammad said: Friday, June 14, 2019

Dear Sir I have registered an online business with Delaware state. I am a green card holder but do not live in the USA. I came a few days back to stay here for a month. I want to open a business bank account in any bank in Delaware. Can you please inform me about the required documents. I am availing of your mail forwarding services. Thanks,

HBS Staff replied: Monday, June 17, 2019

Mohammad, unfortunately we are unable to assist with opening a bank account. Each bank has its own requirements for opening the account. Generally, they will all require you to appear in person, so we recommend contacting some banks with a local branch to your location and asking about their specific requirements.

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