KYC aka Know Your Customer was part of Reserve Bank of India’s guidelines to set up a process by which banks could obtain customer’s information on their identity and residential information. This helps banks confirm that the applicant/customer is genuine.
The documents for KYC are submitted by the customer and maintained by the collecting bank or other entity. Banks are also instructed to periodically update their KYC details as and when possible.
Typical KYC documents
Any one of the Officially Valid Documents for Proof of Identity
Voter’s Identity card
Aadhaar card (Issued by UIDAI)
If any of the above documents contain your address details then that can be accepted as Proof of Address. In case it does not mention the address then the following can be submitted along with an ID proof
Utility bill (electricity, water bill, phone bill, postpaid mobile recharge bill)
Municipal Tax Receipt
Bank Account statement
Pension Payment Order number
It is only possible if the customer has an Aadhaar number. It is simply a mandate via which the customer authorizes UIDAI (Unique Identification Authority of India) to release identity or address information through biometric authentication to the bank.
In case the customer does not periodically update his/her KYC with the bank, the bank can partially freeze the customer’s account. The bank will however be sending a reminder notice to the customer which will be valid for 3 months prior to partial freezing. If the customer does not update his/her KYC even after 6 months from the partial freezing stage, the account would be deemed inoperative by the bank.