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Identification for bank accounts

What do I need to open a bank account?

If you’re applying for a Barclays Bank Account or a Premier Current Account you'll need to show us 2 valid and original documents from the list below -  one from the proof of ID list and the other to give proof of your current UK address. The same document cannot be used to verify both your identity and your address.


Proof of ID documents Proof of current UK address documents
Full and valid UK or foreign passport Full UK paper driving licence (if not already used to verify your identity)
Photocard national identity card UK or foreign bank/credit card statement (less than 3 months old and not printed from the internet). Store card statements are not accepted.
Full UK paper driving licence UK mortgage statement (less than 12 months old and not printed from the internet)
A full/provisional UK or foreign photocard driving licence Council Tax bill, payment book or exemption certificate (less than 12 months old)
Benefit entitlement letter (less than 12 months old, confirming benefit payable at time of issue) Council/Housing Association tenancy agreement​. Private tenancy agreements are not accepted
Blue disabled driver’s pass Council rent book/card​ (showing a payment within past 12 months)
Student ID card (youth/student accounts only – NUS & Student Union cards not accepted) Jobcentre Plus letter confirming National Insurance number​ (less than 3 months old)
  Benefit letter/adjustment letter (less than 12 months old and addressed to you. The letter must confirm that the benefit was payable at the time of issue)
  Letter/bill from utility company​ (less than 3 months old, except for water bills, which must relate to the current charging period. The letter/bill must confirm that you receive a service from the company and cannot be printed off the internet). Mobile phone bills are not accepted.
  TV Licence letter or Direct Debit schedule (less than 12 months old. The document needs to detail your name and address and confirm the existence of a TV Licence)
  UCAS Letter​ (student/graduate accounts only – less than 12 months old, showing offer of a place on a course in the current or next academic year)


If you’re unable to provide these documents, please call us on 0845 755 5555 1 to discuss the other options available.

Important information

1. To maintain a quality service, we may monitor and record phone calls. Call charges

Barclays Bank PLC. Authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (Financial Services Register number: 122702). Barclays Bank PLC subscribes to the Lending Code which is monitored and enforced by the Lending Standards Board. Further details can be found at Barclays Insurance Services Company Limited is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (Financial Services Register number: 312078).

Barclays Bank PLC. Registered in England. Registered no. 1026167. Barclays Insurance Services Company Limited. Registered in England. Registered no. 973765. Registered office for both: 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP. ‘The Woolwich’ and ‘Woolwich’ are trademarks and trading names of Barclays Bank PLC. Barclays Business is a trading name of Barclays Bank PLC.


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