BMO Harris Bank has now expanded the availability of Mastercard’s True Name feature to additional payment card types. Members of the transgender and non-binary communities now have the ability to use their true first name on BMO Harris Bank consumer credit cards and small business debit and credit cards without the requirement of a legal name change.
BMO remains the only company globally to offer this option to our customers.
Mastercard developed the True Name initiative in 2019 in response to the need for banking cards to reflect the true identities of our transgender and non-binary customers, and alleviate misrepresentation and discrimination for the transgender and non-binary communities. In December 2019, BMO Harris Bank became the first issuer globally to implement True Name on the bank’s personal Debit Mastercard cards and ATM cards.
True Name is one example of how BMO is fulfilling its bold commitment to zero barriers to inclusion in the financial system.
“Breaking down barriers to inclusion and supporting our customers requires a commitment to creating products that not only represent our BMO values but also serve the needs of our customers,” said Denise Press, head of retail and small business payments for BMO Harris Bank. “That is why we are proud to work alongside Mastercard to expand the availability of True Name to BMO Harris consumer credit and business debit and credit customers, enabling them to feel at ease when using their cards that reflect their true names. It is an absolute privilege to create products that make a difference in the everyday lives of our customers.”
One customer recently shared their experience with True Name – watch the customer’s perspective here.
Current and new cardholders across the U.S. can request a True Name card by calling 1-888-340-2265 or by visiting one of our branch locations. Information on BMO’s True Name for personal and business credit, debit and ATM cards can be found at BMOHarris.com/TrueName.
This launch comes just in time as we celebrate LGBT2Q+ individuals in our community during Pride Month and our commitment to zero barriers on inclusion. Even though we are unable to celebrate the way we usually do, there are still ways that we can come together to show our pride.