To help make sure you know exactly what you need, we’ve made this helpful guide to list the information or documents you need to bring along with you.
Bringing in the right documents means we can open your account faster.
Everyone involved in opening the business account will need to provide proof of identity and proof of address, including:
A valid passport, EU national ID card or UK driving licence is ideal, and may be all we need.
We can only accept original documents, not photocopies.
Valid Passport/EU national ID Card means in date, undamaged and machine readable. Unfortunately, we can’t accept handwritten passports or ID cards.
If you’re providing non-photographic ID, you’ll need to bring 2 proofs of address. We can only accept original documents, not photocopies.
Must have your name and current address on it. We only accept originals. It’s handy to have 2 of these with you, just in case.
If you are a sole trader you will need to provide one of the following documents:
The documents provided must have the name of the business owner on it, the business address and the trading name (if applicable).
If you are a sole trader and you can’t provide any of these documents, a site visit can be arranged if your business address is different to your residential address.
To open a Community Account, you’ll need to be a club, society or charity. Different types of organisations will need different documents:
Unregistered Charity: Minutes of the Meeting and Constitution documents
Registered Charity: Minutes of the Meeting and Charity Commission number
Registered and Limited Charity: Charity Commission number and Company Registration number
Club/Society/Association: Minutes of the Meeting and Constitution documents. If there are no Constitution documents available a letter on headed paper confirming the same information is acceptable.
Minutes of the Meeting need to confirm
Constitution documents need to confirm
Partnerships, including limited partnerships, will need to provide one of the following documents:
If you are a partnership and you can’t provide any of these documents, a site visit can be arranged if your business address is different to your residential address.
If you’re a limited liability partnership we will, with your permission, carry out a credit reference agency search. If the results are satisfactory, you won’t need to provide any further documents. Otherwise you will need:
If you’re a Limited Company we will, with your agreement, carry out a credit reference agency search. If the results are satisfactory you won’t need to provide any further documents. Otherwise you will need:
We’ve worked with other providers of UK business banking accounts to agree a basic set of information that we’ll need from you to set up your business current account. Find out what you’ll need to provide using this simple guide from UK Finance, the UK’s leading trade association for financial services.