BBVA Compass pushes bill to bring account-opening into digital age

Source: BBVA Compass

BBVA Compass' idea to improve access to banking has been introduced in the House of Representatives in the form of HR 6287, also known as the MOBILE Act.

The bill would bring consistency to various state laws that limit a bank's ability to use an image of a state-issued identification card for the purposes of opening an account via a mobile phone or online. BBVA Compass and other financial institutions have developed apps to help clients open up accounts without having to visit a branch or office, but there are roadblocks in fully implementing those services, according to BBVA Compass Head of Mobile and Online Channels Alex Carriles.

"There are obstacles on the path to digital transformation due to inconsistencies in state and federal policy that prohibit photographing or photocopying a driver's license or state-issued ID," said Carriles. "That poses a problem for a lot of people, including those who are unbanked or underbanked, who have to visit branches to open accounts. That also poses a problem for our mission of bringing the age of opportunity to everyone."

When opening an account, the envisioned process would require consumers to take a photograph of their driver's license or other state-issued identification card, and a photograph of the consumer's face, so that their identity can be verified electronically. The FDIC concluded in a recent report that mobile banking is best positioned to "meet the day-to-day financial services needs of underbanked consumers as well as consumers at risk of account closure."

The bill is an effort by BBVA Compass to further its mission to bring the bank's digital products to everyone. 

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