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.

Disclaimer

THE AUTHOR OF THIS BLOG ARTICLE IS NOT A LAWYER AND HARVARD BUSINESS SERVICES, INC. IS NOT A LAW FIRM. THE ARTICLE ABOVE IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN AS LEGAL ADVICE. THIS SHORT ARTICLE IS STRICTLY TO MENTION SOME ASPECTS OF DELAWARE’S CORPORATION LAWS AND/OR LAWS RELATING TO OTHER FORMS OF ENTITIES WHICH YOU MAY NOT BE FAMILIAR WITH. WE RECOMMEND THAT YOU CONSULT WITH A LAWYER BEFORE FORMULATING A STRATEGY WHICH WILL BE SUITABLE FOR YOUR SPECIFIC CASE.

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There are 23 comments left for Business Bank Accounts for Delaware Companies

Pooja Gupta said: Monday, November 20, 2017

We need to open bank account in US. Need to understand the process. Please contact me.

HBS Staff replied: Monday, November 20, 2017

You may find this page on our site helpful:

https://www.delawareinc.com/before-forming-your-company/Delaware-company-formations-for-non-residents/

Opening a bank account from afar can be tricky; feel free to call us for further information, although we cannot open the account for you. 1-800-345-2677.

NA said: Sunday, November 5, 2017

Can you register an LLC in 1 day? If not long it can take? What is your fee for registering? How I can hire an US person as a manager? With this certificate of authority can I open a bank account in India? I don't want to provide my name public.

HBS Staff replied: Monday, November 6, 2017

Here are links to answer your questions. Please feel free to call us at 1-800-345-2677 if you have additional questions or would like to start the incorporation process.

https://www.delawareinc.com/ourservices/compare-international-packages/

https://www.delawareinc.com/blog/what-is-on-public-records-delaware/

 

 

Esad K. said: Sunday, August 6, 2017

Is ITIN number required by the bank for DE LLC company bank account opening?

HBS Staff replied: Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Usually the US banks need someone to show up in person, with the approved formation documents and the Federal Tax ID number for the company. Once you've decided on a bank, it's generally a good idea to call ahead to see what is required to open the account, since requirements differ from bank to bank.

If the ITIN is required, here is an article on the ITIN and how to obtain an ITIN.

George Henry said: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Is one required to give their personal SSN when opening a Business bank Account?

HBS Staff replied: Thursday, July 20, 2017

Every bank is different so that is a difficult question for us to answer. Check with your specific bank.

Omar said: Thursday, July 6, 2017

Anyone can advise how can I open a bank account remotly without SSN If I cant visit US

HBS Staff replied: Monday, July 10, 2017

For a U.S. business, you will need an EIN number in order to operate the business and open a business bank account.

Some business owners appoint a manager (LLC) or director (corporation) who already lives in the U.S. as an authorized person to open and manage the business bank account. Some business owners have had success by finding a branch of an American bank that is located near them, and asking that branch to facilitate opening an account.

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