How do I open an account?

Posted: August 11th, 2021 8:57 AM

Last Updated: October 7th, 2021 8:45 AM

1. Find a participating bank or credit union.
Use our Banking Matrix or call Eden I&R at 2-1-1 to find the bank or credit union that's best for you. Click here to locate a participating bank or credit union near you.

2. Remember to bring some identification.
If you don't have a Social Security number, some banks and credit unions will accept your passport, California ID, Mexican Matriculate card, or Guatemalan Consular identification card. And most banks will request a second form of ID, not including cell phone bills. Click here for a list of accepted IDs.

3. Open your new bank account.
The person at the bank will walk you through the entire process. And they can even sign you up for free money management training classes to help you get the most from your bank account.

Having trouble finding or accessing a bank or credit union account? Contact HERA at 510 271-8443 ext. 300 and leave a message.