TSB is to enable new customers to open an account using a selfie, without the need to visit a branch.
The UK bank is using ID verification technology from Jumio to introduce the process, which cross-checks uploaded Photo ID with a selfie snap to authenticate the application.
The service is expected to cut down on fraudulent account applications and smooth out the process for new customers at a time when banks are pulling away from the high street in favour of more digital channels.
Pol Navarro, TSB’s digital director, comments: “Opening a new account can sometimes feel like an arduous task, but adding this new feature means we take the hassle out of completing the process.
“We know that life can take over and that quick lunch time visit to a branch might not happen. With this new experience, we are making banking better and enabling customers to fully complete their application in a way that fully suits their busy lifestyles.”