**This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RBC. All opinions are my own.
Although we’ve seen a decrease of COVID-19 in the last couple of months, there’s no denying that things have changed forever. Wearing masks when you’re sick will no longer look out of place. Working remotely may become more common, and consumers will continue to look for convenience.
As the world and people adapt to the new norm, banks are introducing new innovations to help Canadians with their day-to-day banking needs. With RBC, you can now open a deposit account remotely at any time. It doesn’t matter if you’re in your home office or stuck in quarantine for two weeks; you can set up and access your banking services when it’s convenient for you in minutes. That’s right: everything you need to open an account – from signing up to verifying your ID – can be done completely and securely online.
How does RBC Remote Account Open work?
Suppose you want to open a bank account. Normally, you would need to apply in person to fill out some paperwork and present your identification. However, with RBC Remote Account Open, everything can be done in just a few minutes via the RBC App. Here are the steps you would take:
- Download and open the RBC app
- Verify your identity by taking a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license, and a picture of you
- Once your application is opened and completed, set your PIN
- Start banking immediately
To make the application process simple and fast, your information is automatically populated into your account profile once you’ve verified your identity. All of the necessary client agreements will be sent directly to you via a secure email. RBC will also mail your debit card to the address on file.
Is RBC Remote Account Open safe?
Using RBC Remote Account Open is safe when it comes to security since they use ID verification technology (IDV). You can’t open a bank account just with a driver’s license; you also need a live photo to prove that it’s you. That’s means if you misplace your driver’s license, someone can’t open a bank account in your name.
IDV processes the information in real-time and verifies your government-issued identification against the security features and characteristics of your driver’s license, passport or ePassport.
Though the technology has been used by e-commerce companies, social media platforms and more, RBC is the first Canadian financial institution to introduce the convenience and security of these digital government identity verification solutions for banking.
Why you should use RBC Remote Account Open
With COVID-19 still being a significant concern for many people, not having to visit a branch to set up your accounts or to do your day-to-day banking is incredibly convenient. This is especially true for people who live in rural communities where travel times are also a concern.
By going digital, you’re not giving anything up. You can do your banking online or via the mobile app. You can also get assistance by calling. Best of all, you’ll have access to a remote advisor who can give you the same level of service as you would get in-branch.
Open an RBC account remotely or learn more about RBC’s bank offerings by calling 1-800-769-2561 (lines open 24/7). You’ll also be able to open an account in the coming days by downloading the RBC Mobile App from the iOS and Android App Stores.