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Young Person's Account

Make the most of your money if you’re 16 or 17 years old

Take control of your money with our simple, secure bank account with no monthly fees.

What you get

Our bank account for young adults is packed with tools and features that let you manage your money your way, wherever you are.

The important stuff

  • It’s a free account, with no monthly fees1
  • Shop online and in store with a contactless debit card
  • Use Apple Pay to buy things
  • Manage your money whenever you need with our app
  • When you turn 18 we’ll change your account to a Barclays Current Account – we’ll let you know before we make this change.

What you need to open an account

To open a Young Person’s Account, we need to see documents that confirm who you are and where you live. These need to be original documents and not photocopies.

To confirm who you are, we need one of the following:

  • Passport
  • UK full or provisional photo card driving licence
  • UK Armed Forces ID card

To confirm where you live, we need one of the following:

  • UK full or provisional photo card driving licence (if you’re not using this as proof of ID)
  • Bank statement (from the last three months)

How to open an account?

Here’s how you can open an account, depending on whether or not your parent or guardian banks with us.

If your parent or guardian banks with us 

  1. They can book a Video Banking appointment online 
  2. You’ll need to be there when they make the call, and we’ll need to see your passport. If you don’t have a passport, you can use your birth certificate.

If your parent or guardian doesn’t bank with us

  1. They’ll need to make an appointment at a branch
  2. You’ll need to come with them and bring in documents that prove your identity, such as your passport, national identity card or birth certificate
  3. Your parent or guardian will also need to bring proof of their identity and address, like a UK bank statement or utility bill. They can’t use the same document for their identity and address.

If you don’t already bank with us, we recommend booking an appointment.

More than just a bank account

We can help with more than just your money – discover the features you can access with a Young Person’s Account.

Digital Wings

Fancy getting into coding? You can boost your digital knowledge for free with our interactive resources.

LifeSkills – for your future

Get the skills you need for a better future with our range of tools, tips and interactive resources.

Keeping your money safe

We look out for you and your money 24/7, but there are steps you can take to help keep your money safe.

Create a PIN and passwords or passcodes that are hard to guess.

Memorise your PIN and passwords or passcodes and never share them with anyone else.

Don’t use a jailbroken phone – our app won’t work with them because they’re not safe.

Only download official apps from official app stores.

Only shop through secure websites – look for ones that begin with ‘https’.

Get in touch

If you’ve got a question about our Young Person’s Account, there are many ways to get in touch.

Tweet us

Tweet us a question @BarclaysUKHelp and we’ll respond within two hours.

Call us

New to us? Call 0345 600 4545, Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm, and Saturday, 9am-5pm. If you already bank with us, call anytime on 0345 734 53452.