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What is the Current Account Switch Service?

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​The Current Account Switch Service was launched in 2013 to simplify the switching process and has switched over 3 million accounts since then.

More than 40 banks and building societies are now part of the service and over 99% of UK current accounts are covered.

How it works

Who can switch?

Individuals

Individuals

​Anyone with a UK current account, including joint account holders, can switch using the service.

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Small Businesses, Charities and Trusts

Small Businesses, Charities and Trusts

​More than 99% of all small businesses, charities and trusts can use the service. To be eligible you must have fewer than 50 employees and an annual turnover not exceeding £6.5 million.

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Why use the Current Account Switch Service?

Why use the

Current Account Switch Service?

It's easy

​Simply open a new current account, decide when you want to switch and then your new bank or building society will take care of the rest. This includes moving all your incoming and outgoing payments, moving your outstanding balance and closing your old account. ​

 

​The process is the same everywhere, so you’ll know what to expect when you switch, no matter which bank or building society you choose.

It's open to everyone

​Anyone with a UK current account can use our service, including joint account holders, small businesses and charities. 

 

Over 40 UK banks and building societies are signed up to the service, meaning that you can be confident that the process will be the same wherever you switch.

It's free and guaranteed

It doesn’t cost a penny to use the service. Over 40 UK bank and building societies are signed up and they will offer the service as standard when switching current accounts. 

 

Thanks to the Guarantee, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong, you can be confident that any interest or charges you incur as a result of any problem with your switch will be refunded.

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To make sure you know everything about the switching process, visit our interactive guide.

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  • A customer's view

    ​I was really pleased with my switch, the whole process was very straightforward, and on the switch day everything was set-up on my new account, including all my online banking arrangements, so I could hit the ground running.

    Richard Fincham
    Richard Fincham Camberwell
  • A customer's view

    I was really impressed with how simple it was to switch my current account using the Current Account Switch Service. In fact, it was so straight forward that I have now done it twice.

    Elaine Starborg
    Elaine Starborg Kingston upon Thames
  • A customer's view

    The switch itself was very simple and effective. I gave my new bank the details of my old bank account and they took care of everything. All my direct debits  along with my standing order and balances were transferred within seven working days.

    Shane Lancaster
  • A customer's view

    ​I switched my main current account, which I had used for many years, and which had all my direct debits and standing orders set up. Using the Current Account Switch Service was easy, went without a hitch and my new account took over seamlessly where the old one left off, enabling me to get the benefits of a higher interest paying account with no hassle.

    Steve Rose
    Steve Rose Current account user
  • A customer's view

    ​I visited our local branch and they did everything for us. All our money was transferred and was hassle free. We were given £100 for switching and never looked back. Great service all round!

    Jason Cwmbran
  • A customer's view

    ​I switched one of my accounts a couple of years back now. The whole process was smooth, fast and reliable. I was very impressed that even my existing standing orders moved from my old account to my new account.

    Ben Peacock
    Ben Peacock Current account user
  • A customer's view

    ​The process was incredibly easy and I would highly recommend everyone consider using the service.

    David Glasglow
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About the Current Account Switch Service

The Current Account Switch Service is run by Bacs, the not-for-profit organisation behind Direct Debit in the UK. Over 40 UK banks and building societies participate in the service and have signed up to the Current Account Switch Guarantee. Read the Current Account Switch Guarantee.