Online Account Opening FAQ

The online account opening application is compatible with the following browsers: 

Web Browsers: 

  • Chrome latest 
  • Chrome latest -1 (Versions 54, 55, 56 are still supported) 
  • Firefox latest 
  • Firefox latest - 1 (Version 49-52 are still supported) 
  • Safari 10.9, 10.10, 10.11, 10.12+ on Mac 
  • Internet Explorer 11 

Mobile Browsers: 

  • iOS 10 – Mobile Safari and Chrome 
  • iOS 9 – Mobile Safari and Chrome 
  • iOS 8 – Mobile Safari 
  • Android 7.X – Mobile Chrome 
  • Android 6.x – Mobile Chrome 
  • Android 5.x – Mobile Chrome 

 

Applications can be submitted online for the following account types:

  • Checking Account
  • Basic Savings Account
  • Money Market Account
  • Certificate of Deposit

Only personal accounts can be opened online at this time.

To learn more about the accounts offers online, click here to be directed to the product selection page.

To submit an online application, you will need the following:

  • Your Social Security Number: Your social security number allows us to adhere to government regulations and to verify your identity.
  • A U.S. Government Issued ID: We request this additional information to assist with verification (e.g. driver’s license, passport or state ID).
  • A Credit/Debit Card or U.S. Checking/Savings Account: We require a minimum deposit to open your new account. Current customers will have the option to fund their new account with a transfer from an existing Great Western Bank account.

You will also need to provide personal information, including your date of birth and former mailing address(es). If you are not a U.S. citizen or resident alien and do not have this information, please visit a Great Western Bank location near you for account opening.

Click here to apply for an account online. You will be directed to the product selection page, which contains detailed information about the types of accounts available online. Click the Open Account button next to your preferred account type to get started.

Current customers may also apply for an account online through their Great Western ebanking online banking or through the mobile app.

Yes. More than one account can be opened online, either within one application or multiple applications. 

Both current and non-Great Western Bank customers 18 years of age or older can apply for an account online. You must be a U.S. citizen or resident alien to open your account online.

Minors cannot apply online but can be assigned as a beneficiary. You will need to include the beneficiary’s full name, social security number and relationship to the applicant.

New customers must reside within one of the following states: ND, SD, MN, NE, IA, KS, MO, CO, AZ.

The online application process utilizes third party data to validate personal information as well as credit reporting history to ask Knowledge Based Authentication questions to confirm the applicant’s identity. Minors do not have the credit reporting background necessary to complete this verification. 

You’ll need the same information that is required when opening an individual account—but you’ll need it for both applicants. For details, view “What do I need to complete an application?" above. Please note that each applicant will need to sign the signature card.

Yes. Funding limits vary by account type. Please refer to the funding page for these limits when you are opening your account.

Accounts opened online have three different funding methods to choose from:

  • Transfer from an external checking or savings account
  • Debit/Credit Card
  • Internal transfer from a Great Western Bank checking or savings account (existing customers only)

Your new account will be funded with your opening deposit on the fourth business day after your account is opened. If you are an existing customer and are funding your new account with a transfer from an existing account, the new account will be funded in one business day.

Yes. You may log in to complete your application later. Click here here to confirm your identity. If there is no activity within the application after 25 days, your application will be canceled.

All submitted applications will be reviewed within two business days. Once your application has been approved, you will receive an email stating that your account has been opened. 

To cancel a submitted application, please call us at 1-800-952-2043.

This information is available on the My Applications page which can be accessed by clicking here and confirming your identity.

 

You will be eligible to enroll in Great Western ebanking, Great Western Bank’s digital banking platform, within one business day after your account has been opened. Click here to enroll online. You may also enroll through the Great Western ebanking mobile app. Please note: You will need your account number to enroll. To access it, log in and your account number will be listed under the “Completed Applications” section.

If you would prefer to conduct your business in-person, please click here to find a branch near you.

You will receive your debit card and/or checks within 7-10 business days after your account has been funded.

If you have any questions during the account opening process, please contact us by phone at 1-800-952-2043 or by email at ebanking@GreatWesternBank.com.