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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.

Does your parent or guardian bank with us?

If they don’t bank with us

What you get

Our Young Person’s Account 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 and Contactless Mobile to buy things with your phone
  • Manage your money on the go with our award-winning app

Extra features

  • Design your own card using your favourite photo
  • You can take out up to £300 a day from any cash machine

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
  • European Union national identity card
  • 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 3 months)

Don’t have these documents?

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 

If they have our app, you can open an account whenever you want through Video Banking. Your parent or guardian will just need to download the Video Banking app and have you and your passport to hand when they make the call. If you don’t have a passport, you can use your birth certificate.

If they don’t have our app, you’ll need to open an account in branch. You’ll need to bring in your ID (passport, national identity card or birth certificate) and your parent or guardian will need their debit card and PIN. If they don’t have a debit card, they’ll need to bring in proof of their ID.

If your parent or guardian doesn’t bank with us

You can only open an account in branch. You’ll need to bring in your ID (passport, national identity card or birth certificate) and your parent or guardian will need their ID and proof of address, such as a UK bank statement or utility bill. They can’t use the same document for ID and address.

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.

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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/passcodes that are hard to guess.

Memorise your PIN and passwords/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. Looking for ones that begin with ‘https’ or have a padlock symbol in the browser address is a good start.

How to apply

Apply in Video Banking

If your parent or guardian banks with us and has our app, they can open an account for you through Video Banking.

Apply in branch

Call to make an appointment at the branch where you’d like to open your Young Person's account.

Get in touch

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

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Web chat

Please don’t share any account information during your chat.

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Tweet us

Tweet us a question @BarclaysUKHelp and we’ll respond within 2 hours.

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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.