Opening A Bank Account

Proof of Name

  • Current signed passport
  • Original birth certificate (UK birth certificate issued within 12 months of the date of birth in full form including those issued by UK authorities overseas such as Embassies High Commissions and HM Forces)
  • EEA member state identity card (which can also be used as evidence of address if it carries this)
  • Current UK or EEA photocard driving licence
  • Full old-style driving licence
  • Photographic registration cards for self-employed individuals in the construction industry -CIS4
  • Benefit book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency
  • Firearms or shotgun certificate
  • Residence permit issued by the Home Office to EEA nationals on sight of own country passport
  • National identity card bearing a photograph of the applicant

Proof of address

  • Utility bill (gas, electric, satellite television, landline phone bill) issued within the last three months
  • Local authority council tax bill for the current council tax year
  • Current UK driving licence (but only if not used for the name evidence)
  • Bank, Building Society or Credit Union statement or passbook dated within the last three months
  • Original mortgage statement from a recognised lender issued for the last full year
  • Solicitors letter within the last three months confirming recent house purchase or land registry confirmation of address
  • Council or housing association rent card or tenancy agreement for the current year
  • Benefit book or original notification letter from Benefits Agency (but not if used as proof of name)
  • HMRC self-assessment letters or tax demand dated within the current financial year
  • Electoral Register entry
  • NHS Medical card or letter of confirmation from GP’s practice of registration with the surgery

Proof of address for students

  • Proof of your student status
  • UK/EU/EEA Driving Licence
  • HMRC tax notifications and correspondence
  • Council tax bill/demand letter/exemption certificate issued within 12 months
  • UK utility bill (gas, electricity, water, telephone landline) issued within 3 months
  • Bank/Building Society/UK Credit Card statement issued within the last 3 months
  • Benefits entitlement letter issued within last 12 months
  • Tenancy agreement from local council or housing association issued within 12 months

Proof of address for under 18’s

  • UK/EU/EEA Driving Licence
  • HMRC tax notifications and correspondence
  • Bank/Building Society/UK Credit Card statement issued within the last 3 months
  • A Child Benefit/Child Trust Fund/Tax Credit award/review letter
  • A letter of introduction from school
  • A letter of introduction from the local council or a registered charity

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