Switching current accounts - what you need to do

Current Account Switch Guarantee

The Current Account Switch Guarantee covers 99% of UK current accounts. This means that it should take only seven days to switch your current account, once your new account is open. 

Plus, you'll be refunded any charges or interest incurred if something goes wrong. The guarantee ensures the process of switching current accounts is the same, regardless of the bank or building society you choose.

If you have a joint current account, you'll need permission from the people you hold it with before you switch.

If you’re ready to switch, here's how switching using the Current Account Switch Guarantee works.

Step 1: Check eligibility

Before you switch your current account you'll need to check you meet the eligibility criteria for the current account you're interested in. This may vary from bank to bank. For example, you may need to pay in a minimum amount of money each month or set up a minimum number of Direct Debits.

Step 2: If you want an overdraft, apply first

If you want an overdraft with your new current account, you'll need to be approved by your new bank before you make your switch.

Step 3: Tidy up your existing account

Bank statements can come in handy for identification and for some loan applications, so get some copies from your current bank before you switch. Also, check your Direct Debits and standing orders and cancel any you no longer want to make.

Step 4: Choose your bank switch date

Switching current accounts takes seven working days. You can choose the date you'd like the switch to be made.

Step 5: Start the switching process

Tell your bank or building society you want to switch using the Current Account Switch Guarantee. They'll take care of everything from there, making sure your balance, plus all your incoming payments (such as your salary) and outgoing payments (such as Direct Debits, standing orders and bill payments) are switched to your new account.

You can use your old account as usual, but don't set up any new Direct Debits or standing orders from your old account.

Step 6: Start using your new current account

Your old account will be closed and your new one ready to use on your switch date.

What if you don't want to close your old bank account?

You can make what's called a partial switch to a new current account, but this isn't covered by the Current Account Switch Guarantee and takes longer than 7 days. You'll need to arrange for credit payments to be transferred in to your new account.