How to Add a Spouse to a Bank Account

by Melissa Samaroo, Demand Media Google
    Managing household expenses can be easier with both spouses on the same bank account.

    Managing household expenses can be easier with both spouses on the same bank account.

    Adding your new spouse to your existing bank account is often easier than opening a new checking account together. The most difficult part may be finding time to go into your local bank branch together.

    Items you will need

    • Drivers license or another form of photo ID
    • Social Security card
    • Marriage certificate

    Step 1

    Call your bank or log on to its website to find out the requirements to add another person to your bank account. Gather any documentation the bank may require, such as a marriage certificate or proof of residence.

    Step 2

    Visit the bank with your documentation ready. Fill out any paperwork the bank may require to add your spouse to your account.

    Step 3

    Order a debit card for your spouse as well as new checks with your spouse's name on the printed information for both of you.

    Tip

    • If you have limited time, make an appointment with a bank official.

    Warning

    • Though the information on how to add your spouse to your bank account may be found online, it is usually not possible to add your spouse to the account online. Most banks will require you to go to the local branch so they can make copies of the required documentation.

    About the Author

    Melissa Samaroo is a writer based in Florida. She is the author of "The Complete Dictionary of Insurance Terms, Explained Simply," "The Complete Guide to Building Backyard Ponds, Fountains and Waterfalls for Homeowners: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply" and "The Complete Guide to Writing a Successful Screenplay: Everything You Need to Know to Write and Sell a Winning Script."

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