You can use this comparison to find a bank account if you are 16 or under. It lets you compare every current account available to 11 to 16 year olds.
We include the minimum age for each one so you can find a suitable account. Look for one that offers everything you need from your first bank account, like:
A debit card, which you can use to pay in person or online
Internet banking, which lets you manage your account and make payments online
A nearby branch so you can make withdrawals or pay in cash and cheques
Direct debits and standing orders you can set up to pay your bills automatically
A high interest rate on your balance
If several meet your needs, pick the best one by checking for extra benefits you would use like cashback or discounts in shops.
How to open an account
Some banks let you apply online or by post, but you can only open some accounts in a branch and if you have a parent or guardian with you.
They usually ask for two pieces of identification to prove:
Your name: Usually your passport or birth certificate
Your address: A utility bill or financial statement
Address identification can be in the name of one of your parents or guardians if they have the same address as you.
How do they work?
Kids' accounts work in the same way as an adult's bank account, so you can:
Have your wages paid in if you have a job
Pay cash or cheques in yourself
Receive bank transfers from other people
Withdraw money from a cash machine
Pay for things using the debit card that comes with the account
Transfer money to other people
Pay regular bills by direct debit, e.g. your mobile phone bill
However, they do not come with an overdraft because you have to be at least 18 to get one.
You could get a bank account once you are 11 years old. If you are under 11, you could get a children's savings account instead.
Children's bank accounts FAQs
What is the minimum age on a child's account?
At least 11 years old, but some have a higher minimum age. Younger children can get a savings account to pay money into instead.
How many current accounts can I have?
You could open more than one, but most banks only let you hold one current account with them.
Can I get interest on my current account?
Yes, some bank accounts pay interest when you have money in them. Here is how interest works.
Do junior bank accounts offer debit cards?
Yes, most accounts do, but some only come with a card you can use in cash machines. This comparison shows what type comes with each account.
How old do I need to be to get a debit card?
Most banks set a minimum age of 11, but some only offer a debit card if you are 16 years old or more.
Do I need my parents to open and run my account for me?
No, you can open your account and use it yourself, but some banks need your parents to be with you when you first open it.
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