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Identification for bank accounts

What ID do I need to open a bank account?

If you’re applying for a bank account, we’ll need certain documents to prove your identity and address.

You’ll need to show us one document to prove your identity, and another document to prove your UK address (you can’t use the same document twice).

Proof of identity

Passport

This needs to be a full and valid UK or foreign passport with a Machine Readable Zone (MRZ). An MRZ is made up of two rows of alpha, numeric and chevron (<) characters, and is on most passports and National ID Cards.

Driving licence

This can be

  • A full UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) photocard driving licence
  • A provisional UK photocard driving licence
  • A UK paper driving licence (as long as the address is current)

EU card and EEA national identity card

This needs to be a centrally issued EU and EEA national identity card with a Machine Readable Zone. An MRZ is made up of two rows of alpha, numeric and chevron (<) characters, and is on most passports and National ID Cards. We can't accept ID cards from Romania or Greece.

UK biometric residence permit

This needs to be a valid residence permit issued in the UK with a Machine Readable Zone. An MRZ is made up of two rows of alpha, numeric and chevron (<) characters, and is on most passports and National ID Cards.

Proof of UK address

Driving licence

This can be

  • A full UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) photocard driving licence
  • A provisional UK photocard driving licence
  • A UK paper driving licence (as long as the address is current)

Bank statement

A statement from another bank, dated within the last three months. This can be from a bank in another country, as long as it shows a UK address.

UK credit card statement

A statement from a UK credit card company, dated within the last three months.

UK utility bill

A UK gas, electricity, water or landline bill, dated within the last three months.