KNOW YOUR CUSTOMER (KYC) - WHAT IS KYC? WHAT DOCUMENTS ARE REQUIRED?

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What is Know Your Customer (KYC)?
KYC Stands for “Know Your Customer”. Know your customer (KYC) policy is an important step developed globally to prevent identity theft, financial fraud, money laundering and terrorist financing. The objective of KYC is to enable banks to know and understand their customers better and help them manage their risks prudently.

KYC is a regulatory and legal requirement and KYC policies are framed by respective banks incorporating the key elements following the Reserve Bank of India’s directive in 2004 such as Customer Acceptance Policy, Customer Identification Procedures, Monitoring of Transactions and Risk management

The process of KYC entails identifying the customer and verifying the identity by using reliable and independent documents or information. While opening different accounts, the Bank collects documents to identify and verify the customer as required under the existing laws to demonstrate that it has performed the existing KYC procedures.

Situations when KYC is required?
KYC has to be followed by every financial institute while dealing with customers. KYC procedure needs to be adhered to by a customer during following instances:

  • While opening an account in a bank
  • While applying for a credit card or loan
  • While opening a subsequent account
  • Opening a locker facility
  • When there are not enough documents with the bank in existing account
  • When there are changes in signatories, beneficial owners, etc
  • When the bank feels it necessary to obtain additional information from existing customers based on conduct of the account
  • While investing in a mutual fund
  • Financial institutes may ask for a mandatory KYC process in other instances too

    Documents Required For KYC
    For Accounts of Companies/Partnership Firms/Trusts & Foundation, a different set of documentation and information is required.

Account Holders may be requested to furnish their recent passport size colored photograph along with the signed KYC submission format on the Bank’s request. It is also important to note that there is a requirement for the periodic updating of KYC Information as and when called for by the Bank.

If the bank is unable to apply appropriate KYC measures due to non-furnishing of information or non-cooperation by the customer, the bank has the right to consider closing the account or terminating the banking relationship after issuing due notice to the customer explaining the reasons for taking such a decision.

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