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Joining Barclays Online

Branch banking

A quick look at our site and you’ll see we’ve got a range of current accounts you can apply for online. We know it’s not always easy choosing the right one so we’ve got plenty of help to get you on your way.

Applying online for one of our current accounts should take around 10–15 minutes to complete and can save you time in a branch. Once your application is submitted, we'll normally be able to confirm if it's successful within 5 working days and then continue to get you everything you need to manage your account.

Before you apply:

  • Find out about our range of current accounts online or in your nearest branch
  • Choose an account that’s right for you

You can apply for most of our accounts online but for some, like student or graduate accounts or joint accounts, we need to meet you face-to-face.

Applying online:

  • We’ll ask some basic questions about your financial history and personal circumstances.
  • We’ll use credit agencies and the electoral roll to check your identity. If you’ve recently moved, are new to the UK or have no credit history, it may be easier to prove your identity in branch.
  • The form should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.

After you apply – what happens next:

  • Once you’ve submitted your application, we’ll write to let you know if your application has been successful within 5 working days.
  • We’ll aim to get you everything you need within 7 to 10 working days.
  • If you get stuck, give us a call on 0845 601 8430 1 or come into a branch.
  • You can customise how you want to run your account – the option to use Online and/or Telephone Banking, for example.
  • You may need to register for some of the benefits included as part of your account, but your welcome pack will include all the information you need to do this.

Let’s keep in touch – we like to have regular reviews with all our customers to make sure things are running smoothly, so pop in and see us or give us a call.

Important information
1. Lines are open Monday to Sunday 7am–11pm. To maintain a quality service, we may monitor or record phone calls. Read our call charges and information

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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