HSBC business customers can now open new accounts by taking a selfie picture in order to verify their identity.
A mobile app uses facial recognition software to take a headshot of a customer, which is then compared against a photo ID uploaded by the customer, such as a driver's licence or passport.
This change is intended to simplify and speed up the process of opening a new account using a mobile or digital device, and reflects the increasing tendency of customers to open accounts online.
Almost half of all new HSBC business accounts are now opened online, compared to just 10 percent of accounts in 2013, according to the bank.
"Through simplifying the ID verification process, we'll be able to save our business customers time and open accounts quicker," said Richard Davies, HSBC's head of global propositions for commercial banking, in a press release published Monday.