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Microsoft Internet Explorer

To turn on JavaScript in Internet Explorer, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Internet Options, and then click the Security tab.
  2. Click the Web content zone that you are using (for example, click Local Intranet),
    and then click Custom Level button.
  3. Locate Active scripting under Scripting settings. Click to select the Enable radio button.
  4. Click OK button on Security Settings and Internet Options windows to save your changes.

To download Internet Explorer 7, click here.


To turn on JavaScript in Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. On the Tools menu, click Options.., and then click the Content tab.
  2. Click to select the Enable JavaScript check box.
  3. Click OK button to save the setting.

To download Firefox 2, click here.


To turn on JavaScript in Safari, follow these steps:

  1. Open Safari
  2. On the Safari menu, click on Preferences.
  3. Click the Security icon.
  4. Click on Enable JavaScript next to the Web Content section if it is not checked
  5. Close the Preferences window
  6. Close and restart Safari.

Opera 9.xx series

To turn on JavaScript in Opera 9.xx series, follow these steps:

  1. Open Opera.
  2. On the Tools menu, click Preferences.
  3. Click Content in the Preferences list.
  4. Check the box next to Enable JavaScript.
  5. Click the JavaScript Options button to open the JavaScript Options box.
  6. Check the boxes that you want to allow.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Click OK.

Google Chrome(v0.4.154.23)

To turn on JavaScript in Google Chrome(v0.4.154.23), follow these steps:

  1. First close any open Chrome windows.
  2. Right click on a blank area of your Desktop.
  3. Select New.
  4. Create a new Shortcut with the following in the "Type the location of the item:" text box:
    • For Windows Vista:
      %userprofile%\Local\Google\Chrome\Application\chrome.exe -enable-javascript
    • For Windows XP:
      "%userprofile%\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\chrome.exe" -enable-javascript
      Note: You'll have to enclose the file path for Windows XP in quotes due to there being spaces in it.





Online Account Opening FAQs

​Get answers to frequently asked questions about opening an account online.




  • ​M&T Bank uses encryption for online security. Encryption technology helps provide secure transmission data using a mathematical formula to scramble the data. Without a corresponding 'decoder', the transmission would look like nonsense text and would be unusable. We maintain strict security standards and procedures to prevent unauthorized access to your information, including 128-bit encryption.

  • ​You will be able to open personal checking and/or savings accounts online. If you would like to open a CD, Retirement, or any other type of account, stop by your nearest M&T Bank branch or call M&T Telephone Banking at 1-800-724-2440.

  • ​You have the ability to open one checking and one savings account during the application process.

  • ​You can choose to make your opening deposit in one of two ways: Transfer funds from another bank account you have in your name via ACH or send us a paper check in the mail.

  • ​After you have completed the application, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the email address you provided during the application process. You will also need to print, sign and return your signature card to M&T. If you have decided to mail a paper check to M&T for your opening deposit, you must mail your check, along with your signed signature card, to the M&T address provided on the signature card. Your M&T Debit/ATM card will arrive by mail within 5-7 days.  The card must be activated by phone or M&T ATM with your PIN before using.

  • ​The 'APY' or Annual Percentage Yield is the rate of return on an interest-bearing account for a one-year period based on the interest rate and frequency of compounding. The APY for an account that pays a variable interest rate (i.e., an interest rate that may change after the account is opened) is a hypothetical rate that assumes that the interest rate will not change, although, in fact, it may change in accordance with the features and terms of the account. The interest rates and APYs for accounts that can be opened with M&T online are variable and may change at any time in our discretion without prior notice, before or after an account is opened. The current APY for a particular account is located on the specific product page and is displayed on the 'Verify Your Information' screen at the end of the online account opening application.

  • ​For your security, avoid using birthdays, phone numbers, your social security number or other things that people may be able to guess for your PIN. In addition, do not write your PIN on your card and do not share it with anyone. Please memorize your PIN or store it in a location away from your card.

  • ​If you choose Individual, that account will be owned by you only. If you choose Joint, the account will be owned by you and your co-applicant.

  • ​A promotion code is occasionally included in some of our marketing offers. If you have a promotion code listed on anything you received from M&T Bank, you can enter it in the Promotional Code field of the application. It may entitle you to special offers.

  • ​You can choose to link your new savings account to your new checking account for use as overdraft protection. If you overdraw your checking account, we use this linkage to see if we can transfer money from your linked savings to your checking account to cover your overdraft amount.

  • ​You can only apply online if you are a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident Alien with a valid U.S. Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number.

  • ​Your mailing address is the address where you would like to receive your account statements.

  • ​We ask for your email address to send you a confirmation notice when the application process is completed.

  • ​To open an individual account in your name only, you will need 1) a valid U.S. driver's license or U.S. non-driver’s ID and 2) a valid U.S. Social Security number and you must be at least 18 years of age. If you are applying for a joint account, 1) the primary applicant must be at least 18 years of age and the co-applicant must be 16 years of age or older and (2) both joint applicants must have a valid U.S. driver's license or U.S. non-driver’s ID and a valid U.S. Social Security number. You will be required to provide this information, along with a U.S mailing address. If you are not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Resident Alien and do not have this information, you will not be able to open an account online.

  • ​We ask for your Social Security number to help verify your identity and, if the account is interest bearing, because we must report interest earned on the account to the IRS using your Social Security Number.

  • ​A wire transfer is an electronic payment service for transferring funds. Direct deposits, web bill payments and other ACH transactions are not wire transfers.

  • ​Adobe® Acrobat® ReaderTM is software used for viewing and printing PDF files. You will need this software installed on your computer in order for your computer to download, display or print the account disclosures. To download Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here.

  • ​Your PIN is your 'Personal Identification Number' that will be used to do ATM transactions with your new M&T card. In addition, you may also be asked for your PIN when you enroll in M&T Web Banking and when using some of our Telephone Banking Services. The PIN must be a four digit number (no letters or special characters) and should be unique to your new M&T card.

  • ​If you fund your opening deposit with a transfer of funds from another bank account, your account will be funded approximately 5 of our business days from when the funds are received (i.e., approximately 5 business days after you complete your online application). For accounts funded by a paper check you mail to M&T, we will deposit the check into your new account on the business day we receive it. Funds from any deposit will become available for your use according to the Availability Disclosure for Consumer Deposit Accounts applicable to your account.

  • ​M&T will keep this on file, as a record of your written signature.

  • ​Yes. You will be asked if you would like to order checks during the account application process. The option to order checks is provided near the end of the application on the Check Order page. You will be able to pick your style of checks, along with any accessories you may want to purchase. If you chose not to order checks during the application process, you can always call the Telephone Banking Center or stop by a branch to order checks in the future.

  • ​By providing answers to the questions being asked, you'll help us to verify your identity, better protect your account against fraudulent activity, and help us understand how the account will be used.