What you will need to open a bank account

If you're looking to open a bank account, you can apply online, in branch or by phone. We offer bank accounts for all types of needs - from basic to packaged bank accounts. This guide provides you with details of the documents and information you may need to open a bank account.

Who this guide is for

This guide will apply to new or existing customers who are opening a new current account

Please note: This guide is not part of the application process. It is a checklist to help you prepare to open a bank account. While it contains the essential information and documents that all banks will most likely ask, we may ask for more information, either for regulatory purposes or if you need other products and services.


Why we need this information

  • To gather the right information so your account can be opened accurately
  • To correctly identify you and check your address so we can carry out credit and other checks
  • To make sure we meet tax and financial-crime regulations

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We will need to carry out identification and verification checks on you, as well as anyone else who will be authorised to operate your account.

You will usually need to show us two separate, valid original documents – one to prove your identity and one to prove your address. In some cases, one document may be acceptable or we may be able to get hold of this information electronically.

One document to prove your identity

You can choose one document from:

  • your full and valid UK or foreign passport;
  • your national identity photo card (EEA or equivalent);
  • your full UK paper driving licence; or
  • your full UK or foreign photo card driving licence issued by a member state of the EU or EEA.

One document to prove your address in the UK

You can choose one document from the following:

  • your full UK paper driving licence; or
  • your full UK or foreign photo card driving licence issued by a member state of the EU or EEA.
  • bank or credit-card statement. (This must be less than six months old and can be printed from the internet. This includes EU banks and those in certain non EU countries)
  • mortgage statement. (This must be less than 12 months old and can be printed from the internet. This includes EU banks and those in certain non EU countries)
  • Council Tax bill (or rates bill in Northern Ireland). (This must be less than 12 months old and can be printed from the internet.)
  • utility bills, including contract mobile phone bills and broadband and internet providers (This must be less than six months old and can be printed from the internet.).

For a full list of acceptable documents see our Proving your identity webpage.

If you do not have any of the items listed here we may be able to accept other items. Just ask a member of our branch staff or call 0800 056 0056.

Preferred Title
For example, Mr, Mrs, Ms, Mx

Name
As well as any previous names

Date Of Birth

Gender

Marital Status

Nationality
Including any dual nationalities and Immigration Status For NonUK Nationals

Country of Birth

Tax Residence
Which countries you are a tax resident in, or have been in the last two years. A Tax Identification No (TIN) should be entered for each non UK tax residency.

Current Home Address
Details of full current address inc Postcode

Where address is BFPO (British Forces Post Office)
Service Number, Rank, Unit, Regiment, Operation Name (if applicable) and BFPO Number will be required.

When did you move to your current address
If you have lived in your current address for less than 3 years, you will also be asked to provide details of any previous addresses you've held during this period

Residential Status

Main phone number
Including Other phone number

Email address

Marketing Preferences
Marketing opt in to specify marketing preference via (Email / SMS / Post / Phone)

Your total monthly income (after tax)

Will your monthly income be paid into this account?

How will you fund the account?
e.g. Bank Transfer, Electronic payments, Cash or Cheques

How will you use the account?
e.g. Bank Transfer, Electronic payments, Cash or Cheques

Employment status
If Employed (Occupation type, name of employer, start date). If self employed (Occupation type, company/ organisation name/ start date)

Your total amount of savings

What Arranged Overdraft limit would you like?

How many people who live with you depend on you financially?

Your monthly share of mortgage or rent payments

What do you spend each month on childcare, maintenance and education?

Are you aware of any upcoming changes in your circumstances?

Do you already have travel insurance or another packaged bank account?

Do you need world wide travel insurance?

Does any person to be insured have any medical conditions for which they are taking prescribed medicine or are waiting to receive or have received treatment in the last 6 months

Are all account holders and family members below 80 years old and are all children under 18 years of age?

Do you need mobile phone insurance?

Do you need AA breakdown cover?

Do you want to switch?

Is this a sole account switch?

Existing bank details
inc Sort code, Account Number, Name of Account Holder, 16 digit debit card number and debit card expiry from old bank

Do you have an overdraft at your old bank? - If yes then do you want to settle this?

Do you want SMS updates on your switch?

What is your switch date?