Documents Required To Open A Merchant Account

Documents Required To Open A Merchant Account

Opening a merchant account is easy, so don’t be afraid to do it!

First, you’ll need to find a bank that offers merchant accounts. If you already have one, you can skip this step.

Next, figure out what kind of business you want to open. Do you want to accept credit cards? Or maybe just debit cards? Maybe both! If you’re unsure what kind of business you want to open, we recommend starting with the “credit card only” option and then adding in other types of payment later on if your business grows.

In this process, you’ll figure out what kind of business you want to open and what kinds of payments you want to accept. Then, talk with your bank about their merchant account policies and find a bank that suits your business!In any case, once you have decided on the type of business you want to start accepting payments for (credit card only, debit card only, or both), ask your bank about their policies for accepting these types of payments.

Once you’ve found a bank that offers merchant accounts and figured out what kind of business model works best for your company (and once they confirm that they accept that kind of payment method), it’s time to fill out the application form! When filling out this form, make sure all

Opening a merchant account is a simple process, and you can do it in just a few steps:

  1. Determine if you need a merchant account or if you can use another payment method, like cash or checks. If you’re considering accepting credit card payments for your business, then a merchant account is for you.
  2. Find out what type of merchant account best suits your needs and the services offered by each provider. If you’re selling goods online, then a virtual terminal might be right for you; if you need to process offline payments quickly and securely, then an online card processor could work better. Some providers offer both options, so check before selecting one over the other!
  3. Compare different providers’ rates, fees, and terms before making your final decision on which one works best with your business’s needs and goals—and then sign up online or over the phone with no obligation to continue using services after signing up!

When you’re trying to open a merchant account, you’ll probably hear the word “underwriting” thrown around a lot. What does it mean?

Well, underwriting is the process by which payment processors and partnering banks take on risk by providing merchant accounts for businesses. Every dollar transacted through their system could be charged back, potentially leaving the bank responsible for the funds.

This is why underwriting is necessary for opening a merchant account.

You’re probably wondering why you have to provide your banking information, or why it’s necessary to have a credit card on file.

The truth is that payment processor and partnering banks take on risk by providing merchant accounts for businesses. Every dollar transacted through their system could be charged back, potentially leaving the bank responsible for the funds. To protect themselves against this risk, they need to know who they are working with and how reliable they are (and if they have enough assets to cover any losses).

To help prevent this from happening, they perform an underwriting procedure that involves checking your business history, financials, and other factors before deciding whether or not to partner with you and provide a merchant account.

Documents and verification are needed to open a merchant account.

The primary reason for making the account opening process mysterious is to reduce the likelihood of scammers and undesirable applicants.

Every time you swipe a card through your machine, that transaction could potentially be charged back by the customer or their bank. This means that if they dispute the charge and their bank decides in their favor, then your processor or bank is responsible for paying them back out of pocket!

That’s where underwriting comes in—it helps make sure that when a customer disputes a charge on their card, there’s enough evidence available to support why it should stand up in court.

Each nation has its unique rules for obtaining a merchant’s account. After completing all documentation procedures, opening a merchant’s account typically takes days, although depending on the nation, it occasionally takes weeks. The type of business is another element that causes delays in opening merchant accounts. 

Financial institutions use “know your customer” (KYC) techniques to authenticate the location of the business and the identity of the owner to make sure they are not dealing with someone suspicious. 

When you are applying for a merchant account, your underwriter will ask you to supply supporting documents. The greater the amount you intend to transact, the more documentation the underwriter will want to see with your application. If your business is only looking to process a couple thousand dollars a month, you may only need to provide a voided check and marketing material (proving that you’re actively conducting business) to get started.

If you want/need to apply to process larger amounts, be prepared to provide more financial information. In some cases you may be asked to provide up to two years’ financial statements in the form of profit and loss statements along with balance sheets.

Following is a list of some of the Documents required to start a merchant account:

Merchant Account Application: Completed in full and signed.Means of Identification: This is also one of the vital documents needed in opening a merchant account. 

Without a valid means of id, a merchant stands the risk of not getting his/her account open. An example of a means of ID is an International passport, driver’s license, or National ID.

Photo Identifications: Valid photo identification of all the business owners who own 10 percent or more is required because the acquiring bank must know who the majority of owners are in any business.

Voided Check: A voided check must contain the business’ exact name. It also certifies that the business has a valid business checking account.

Utility Bill: One of the documents is The utility bill – which can be either the gas, electric, or cable bill – must be no more than three months old when submitted with the merchant account application.

Business Bank Statements or Business Bank Letter: We need the last three months’ worth of banking statements that ascertain a business is operating and functional. We’ll accept a business banking letter from functional startup businesses that have not begun taking transactions yet.

Credit Card Processing Statements: Three months of credit card processing statements are required for businesses that process credit card transactions. These statements show chargebacks and refunds as well as the volume your business does.

Website or Marketing Material: Your website shows the acquiring bank precisely what your business is selling. For businesses without a website, we require marketing material and a business plan to see how the merchant intends to drive sales.

Other Documents required may include :

  • A certificate of incorporation is  very important among the documents  
  • Memorandum and articles of association.
  • Recent (up to 12 months) certificate of good standing (if applicable)
  • Certificate of incumbency
  • Constitutional document (if applicable)
  • Certificate of registered office or equivalent (if applicable)
  • Certificate of directors and secretary or equivalent
  • Certificate of shareholders or equivalent
  • Copies of identity cards/international passports of authorized signatories registered shareholders,
  • directors, a beneficial owner(s), etc
  • Minutes of the subscribers appointing the initial directors (if applicable) also can be given as one of the documents 
  • Partnership agreement or deed (if applicable) only if you are in a partnership firm can be given as one of the documents 
  • Proof of business address of group principal trading officers (if applicable)
  • Proof of the permanent residential address of all related parties of the company  (Directors, Secretary,
  • Shareholders, Ultimate Beneficial Owner/s, Signatories, Trustees, Settlor, Protector, Partners, Attorney) i.e.
  • utility bills (not more than 6 months)
  • Short CVs of the ultimate beneficial owner/s and authorized signatories (if applicable)
  • Copy of license (if applicable)
  • Trust deed or similar instrument (if applicable)

To get started, you’ll need to supply the underwriter with supporting documents.

If you’re looking to transact a couple thousand dollars a month, you may only need to provide a voided check and marketing material (proving that you’re actively conducting business).

If you want/need to apply to process larger amounts, be prepared to provide more financial information. In some cases you may be asked to provide up to two years’ financial statements in the form of profit and loss statements along with balance sheets.

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