BMO Harris Bank announces availability of True Nameâ„¢ feature for Mastercard debit cardholders

BMO becomes first to offer members of the transgender and non-binary communities the ability to use their true name on their debit cards
Chicago – December 2, 2019 – Today, BMO Harris Bank became the first issuer to implement the Mastercard True Name feature, enabling people to use their true first name on their personal debit and ATM cards without the requirement of a legal name change.
Mastercard developed the True Name initiative in response to a need for banking cards that reflect the true identities of many in the transgender and non-binary communities. Research from the National Center for Transgender Equality shows that individuals who have shown IDs with a name or gender that did not match their presentation experience discrimination and harassment. The introduction of the True Name feature was designed to help alleviate this negative experience and misrepresentation.
“At BMO, we focus on designing products and services that keep our customers at the center and create positive experiences. Our customers use their debit cards daily, and with True Name, they can be at ease knowing that their card reflects their identity,� said Denise Press, head of retail and small business payments for BMO Harris Bank.
Starting today, December 2, current and new customers across the U.S. can visit a BMO Harris branch to request a True Name debit card. An ID with the applicant’s legal name is required for verification. Customers who visit a branch will be able to leave with their new card the same day. Customers who do not

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