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What do you need to open a bank account?

What do you need to open a bank account?

Proof of identity and address

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).

What proof of identity do I need?

  • Passport – a full and valid UK or foreign passport with a machine readable zone – made up of two rows of letters, numbers and chevron ‘<’ characters, and is on most passports
  • Driving licence – the following licence types are fine. A full UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) photocard driving licence, a provisional UK photocard driving licence or a UK paper driving licence (as long as the address is current)
  • National identity card – a centrally issued EU and EEA national identity card with a machine readable zone. We can't accept ID cards from Romania or Greece
  • UK biometric residence permit – a valid residence permit issued in the UK with a machine readable zone

What proof of UK address do I need?

  • Driving licence –A full UK, European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) photocard driving licence, a provisional UK photocard driving licence or a UK paper driving licence (as long as the address is current)
  • Bank 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
  • Credit card statement – from a UK credit card company, dated within the past three months
  • Utility bill – from a UK gas, electricity, water or landline phone bill, dated within the past three months