Identification for bank accounts

What ID do I need to open a bank account?

If you’re applying for a bank account you'll need to show us a valid and original document from each list below.

You'll need to show us one document from the proof of ID list and another to give proof of your current UK address. The same document can’t be used to verify both your identity and your address.

Proof of ID documents

Full and valid UK or foreign passport, that has the Machine Readable Zone*

Centrally issued EU and EEA national identity card with a Machine Readable Zone* (European Union/European Economic Area – we are not able to accept ID cards from Romania and Greece)

UK Paper driving licence (where address is current)

Full UK or EU/EEA Photo card driving licence (European Union/European Economic Area)

Benefit entitlement letter (less than 12 months old, confirming benefit payable at time of issue)

UK Blue disabled driver’s pass (with photo)

UK Armed Forces ID card

Biometric residence permit

EU/EEA Driving Licence (European Union/European Economic Area)

HMRC Tax Notification within 12 months

Home Office Immigration Status Document/Application Registration Card

Northern Ireland Voters Card (Valid)

Student ID card (youth/student accounts only – NUS and Student Union cards not accepted)

An introduction from a parent or guardian who's an existing Barclays customer

Young Scot National Entitlement Card (NEC) - applicants under 18

Proof of current UK address documents

Full UK paper or photocard Driving Licence

EU/EEA Driving Licence (European Union/European Economic Area)

Other bank statement from last 3 months (including foreign as long as it shows a UK address)

UK Credit Card Statement

UK, EU, EEA mortgage statement (European Union/European Economic Area, as long as it shows UK address)

Council tax bill/demand letter/exemption certificate issued within 12 months

Tenancy agreement (dated within 12 months) from local council or housing association

UK utility bill (dated within 3 months) – gas, electricity, water, landline

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)

Council rent book/card (showing a payment within past 12 months)

Benefit entitlement letter (less than 12 months old, confirming benefit payable at time of issue)

HMRC Tax Notification issued within 6 months

UK Credit Union Statement

An introduction from a parent or guardian who's an existing Barclays customer

If you’re unable to provide these documents, please call us on 0345 734 5345 1

 

*A Machine Readable Zone or MRZ is present on the vast majority of passports and National ID Cards. It comprises of two or three lines of alpha, numeric and chevron (<) characters.