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Opening a current account

Opening a new current account with Clydesdale Bank is straightforward. You can either switch safely from another provider or open up a brand new account. Either way, we are here to help you.

It's only a few simple steps to open a new account or to switch. Whether it's your first account or you're switching accounts from another bank, we'll guide you through every stage. Our range of current accounts means you can choose the type of banking service that suits you.

Opening a joint current account

Opening a Clydesdale Bank current account with someone else is straightforward. We will guide you through each stage and you will be able to choose from any of our current accounts. However, both people who wish to open the account have to complete the application. If you are an existing current account holder who wishes to change to a joint account, you can speak to us about arranging this.

Once the account is open, each person will get a debit card and the option of a cheque book. Each of you can make withdrawals, write cheques, apply for an arranged overdraft or use cash machines without needing the approval of the other.

Things to consider:

  • When you open a joint bank account you’re putting your trust in the other account holder – so be sure you know them well
  • Either party could withdraw the entire balance in the account. Withdrawals can be made by debit card, cheque book or telephone / internet / mobile banking
  • Either party could request an arranged overdraft without the knowledge of the other party. It is important to remember that both parties are liable for all debts on the account and not just a share. If there is money owed we can ask any one of the account holders to repay the whole amount individually
  • If you would like a cheque book, you can ask that the both your signatures are needed to authorise payments

Individuals are protected up to a total of £85,000 each (£170,000 total) by the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, the UK’s deposit guarantee scheme.

This limit is applied to the total of any deposits you have with the following: Clydesdale Bank, Yorkshire Bank,B and Virgin Money. Any total deposits you hold above the limit between these brands are unlikely to be covered.

The Current Account Switch Service

If you already have a current account with another bank, it's straightforward to switch to Clydesdale Bank. With the Current Account Switch Service:

Current Account switch guarantee
  • We’ll switch your account to us within 7 working days, and on a date that suits you
  • You're covered by the Current Account Switch Guarantee when you fully switch.
  • We'll keep you informed during the process

More information on the Current Account Switch Service.

Opening your account by phone

If you open your account by telephone there’s no need to send in identification as we’ll verify your identity electronically.

To apply by phone call 0800 678 1230

Or if you're abroad / outside the UK +44 141 952 6827

  • We're here
  • Mon-Fri 8am - 8pm
  • Sat 9am - 5pm
  • Sun 10am - 5pm

For your security calls may be monitored or recorded.

Opening your account in branch

If you open your account in branch we'll ask you to provide some identification. Find out what ID we accept (PDF, opens in a new window). We may accept other forms of ID. Ask your local branch for more information.

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