What ID do I need to set up an account for a child?

To set up an account for a child, you need to provide either the child’s original birth certificate, original NHS card or a certified copy of their passport. All certified copies must be in colour. We’ll return original documents by registered post. To help us verify the identity of customers opening an account we may make an electronic search, using the information you supply.

Certifiers must clearly write that they have seen the original document, and that the photograph, if applicable, represents a true likeness of the individual.  They must also include their full name, profession, business address, phone number and the date they certified the document.

The following people can certify documents for you:

  • Accountants (registered with either ICAEW, ICAS, CAI, ACCA, CIPFA or CIMA)
  • Solicitors
  • Post Office – a fee may be charged for using this service
  • Bank staff (must include branch stamp)

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