Steps to Open a Standard Bank Account

Open Standard Bank Account Online

Standard Bank Group Limited is a prominent South African financial institution and a leading provider of financial services like Savings accounts, credit cards, digital banking, and wallets. With the largest asset base in Africa, it stands as the continent’s foremost lending institution. The company’s corporate headquarters, Standard Bank Centre, is situated in Simmonds Street, Johannesburg.

They have the largest nationwide network of Standard Bank branches and offer an array of accounts ranging from basic accounts to premium ones. To save for the future, customers across the country have the option of opening a Standard Bank Account. The savings accounts offered by the Bank come with the comfort of online banking facilities and free phone and mobile banking facilities.

Eligibility Criteria to Open Standard Bank Savings Account

To be eligible to open a savings account in Standard Bank, customers need to meet certain criteria.

  • Should be a citizen of South Africa.
  • The applicant should be 18 years and above to be eligible. In the case of minors, the parents or legal guardians of the minor can open the account on their behalf.
  • The applicant is required to have a valid identity and address proof that is government-approved.
  • Once the application is verified by the bank, the applicant will have to make an initial deposit – depending on the minimum balance requirement of that particular savings account he/she has chosen. Read our previously published article on FNB to Standard Bank Transfer Time.

Why Choose a Savings Bank Account?

Through its network of branches in South Africa and overseas, Standard Bank provides a range of financial products including the Savings Account. The savings account has a variety of benefits and services. The most attractive features are that the savings account does not require a minimum balance and provides an Automated Teller Machine (ATM)/Debit card, net banking, credit card, and mobile banking facilities.

Key Benefits of Standard Bank Savings Account

The following are the key benefits of the savings account: 

  • Internet Banking, Mobile Banking, Cellphone Banking
  • Transfer accounts to any Standard Bank Branch without changing the account number
  • Passbook issued free of charge
  • Multicity cheques
  • Safe Deposit lockers
  • Nomination facility
  • Personal Accident Insurance and travel insurance are available at a nominal premium
  • Multiple variants of ATM/Debit Cards like Prepaid gift cards, International ATM/Debit Cards, etc.

Additional Benefits

Here are some of the additional benefits of a Standard Bank savings account: 

  • Mobile Banking provides a host of services like funds transfers, interbank mobile payment services, enquiry and Standard Bank statements, chequebook requests, utility bill payments, mobile recharges, and M-Commerce.
  • Some of the facilities of Standard Bank Net Banking are opening and closing fixed deposits and transferring funds paying utility bills, online shopping, viewing statements and Demat operations, and setting standing instructions.
  • The Debit card can be used for balance enquiry, withdrawing money, paying insurance premiums, shopping, donations, and card-to-card transfers.

How To Open an Online Standard Bank Account?

Follow the steps mentioned below to open a savings account online at Standard Bank: 

  1. Visit the official website of Standard Bank (
  2. Under the ‘Accounts’ section, Tap on the ‘Savings Account’ option. 
  3. Tap on the ‘Apply’ option.  
  4. Enter the requested details such as your name, date of birth, address, etc., in the application form.  
  5. Click on the ‘Submit’ option.  
  6. Once this process is finished, go to the branch with the necessary documentation. 
  7. Standard Bank will initiate the verification process and activate your account within three to five business days.

Steps to Open an Account in Standard Bank Offline

To open a Standard Bank savings account at any nearest Standard Bank branch, customers will have to follow the steps mentioned below:

  • Step 1: Visit the nearest branch of Standard Bank. 
  • Step 2: Ask for a form to open a savings account.  
  • Step 3: Fill out the form according to the specifications. 
  • Step 4: Enter all the requested information and submit it along with relevant documents.  
  • Step 5: Deposit a minimum amount of R0. 
  • Step 6: Take your free passbook and chequebook once the process is completed.

Open an Account with the Standard Banking App

  • Download the Standard Mobile Banking App
  • Choose the account you would like to open
  • Tell us who you are
  • To keep you safe, we will verify your cell phone number
  • Take a selfie, and we will do facial matching with the Department of Home Affairs to confirm you are who you say you are
  • Tell us where you live
  • Let us know what you do for a living and your income
  • Click Apply.

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Standard Bank Account Helpline

For any help, grievance, or request related to the Bank account, customers can contact the helpline at – 0800 222 050, 0860 123 000 or email us at:

FAQs on Steps to Open Standard Bank Account

How much do I need to open a Standard Bank account?

To open an account, all you need is your Valid ID book and proof of residence. A bank account is a reliable way to keep your money safe while earning interest.

How do I get my Standard Bank account?

Open an account online or via our Mobile Banking App and start banking immediately. You only need your South African ID and be 16* years or older. *If you are under 18 and don’t have a South African ID, you will need to apply in-branch. Complete the application form online and get your gold card from your preferred branch.

How long does a Standard Bank transfer take?

Standard Bank to Standard Bank EFTs take 0–24 hours to process. EFTs to other banks take 2–3 working days. Let us know if you require further assistance on this.

How do I check my balance on Standard Bank?

Dial *140# from your Standard Bank Mobile SIM.
Or login to

Editorial Note: The information presented in this article is not provided by the Standard Bank. The article has been created for educational purposes and is intended to be helpful for customers of the Bank. It should be emphasized that the content is not endorsed or validated by the Bank, and readers should refer to the official website for accurate and up-to-date information about the bank’s products and services.


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