How to Register a Bank Account Online

by Stephen Benham ; Updated July 27, 2017
Manage your finances easily: Register your bank account online.

Managing your bank account online is becoming increasingly popular. You can view transactions instantly, transfer money to other accounts and set up automatic payments. You always know your bank balance, and you can download and print all your past statements. Register for a bank account online, and there’s no need to wait for your statement to be mailed.

Step 1

Go to your bank's Web site to register a bank account online. Click on the link for online banking.

Step 2

Read the information about registering your bank account online. Each bank's Web site varies, but the details needed to register are similar.

Step 3

Click “Enroll Now,” “Sign Up for Online Banking” or “Join Online Banking.” Terms used may be different depending on your bank. Follow the online instructions to continue to register your bank account online.

Step 4

Complete the application form. You will need your bank card nearby. Enter your card details and your PIN number.

Step 5

Submit your application. Create a login name, password and password reminder. Click “Next.” You will be given online banking activation instructions. Many banks will send part of the activation details to your e-mail box. You will need to confirm receipt by clicking a link and re-entering your details to receive subsequent activation details. Some banks mail activation information.

Step 6

Complete the required activation procedure, and you have successfully registered your bank account online.


  • Online banking requires high security procedures. Keep your online details private. Never write down your login name or password. Check the Federal Trade Commission Web site for advice on identity theft (see Resources).

About the Author

Stephen Benham has been writing since 1999. His current articles appear on various websites. Benham has worked as an insurance research writer for Axco Services, producing reports in many countries. He has been an underwriting member at Lloyd's of London and a director of three companies. Benham has a diploma in business studies from South Essex College, U.K.

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