Asked in Business Formation for Delaware

Q: How should I go about opening a bank account for my Delaware LLC?

I recently registered a single member Delaware LLC and have a EIN for it. I do not live in the USA and therefore have no SSN/ITIN.

The purpose of the LLC is to process orders more efficiently for our USA clients.

After registering the LLC (through a document filing service that also provided generic operating agreements and things like that) I have had trouble opening a bank account.

The major banks have told me that I need to travel to the USA in person due to patriot act regulations. Is this the only way?

If I do travel to the USA am I best advised to consult a Delaware attorney to ensure that all my LLC documentation is in order to open the bank account?

We're a small web based business and obviously without a US bank account the LLC serves no purpose.


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1 Lawyer Answer
Charles Snyderman
Charles Snyderman
  • Wilmington, DE
  • Licensed in Delaware

A: You should be able to open a bank account in the U.S. without actually coming to the U.S. You say you do not have an ITIN. Why not? It is not difficult to obtain. You will need that so the bank can identify you. The IRS website has instructions for obtaining an ITIN.

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