Control Account

  • Open with just £20
  • Visa Debit card for greater convenience, flexibility and security

Post Office Current Accounts are provided by Bank of Ireland UK. For overdrafts, Post Office Limited is a credit broker and not the lender.

Overview

A simple, straightforward account that protects you from unexpected bank charges and from accidentally going overdrawn for just £5 per month.

  • Manage your account online, in-branch, over the phone and by mobile
  • A Visa Debit card - use in millions of shops, online and cash machines worldwide, anywhere you see the Visa logo.

Want to open an account?

To find your nearest branch where you can open a Post Office Money Current Account, click here.

Can I switch from my Post Office Card Account?

Yes! Subject to status and eligibility criteria, if you have a Post Office Card Account you can decide to have your benefits, state pension or tax credits paid into your Post Office Money Current Account instead. Depending on your needs and credit check we can offer you one of three accounts.

Switching from a Post Office Card Account is easy

Apply for a Post Office Money Current Account. We will provide you with your new sort code and account number when your account is up and running.
Once your new current account is open contact the Government department that makes your benefit payments and advise them of your new sort code and account number. Any future payments will then be paid into your new account.

Any residual balance from your Post Office Card Account can be withdrawn in cash or paid directly into your new Post Office Money Current Account.

Is it right
for you?
Right for you if
  • You don’t want to pay bank charges but are happy with a small, fixed monthly fee
  • You want to be able to set up standing orders and Direct Debits and manage your account online
  • You want a Visa Debit card to be able to make purchases online, in shops or over the phone in the UK or abroad
Try another account if

X You need an overdraft or chequebook

X You don’t want to pay a small fixed monthly fee

If this isn’t the right current account for you, why not take a look at our Standard Account.

 

Please note: You need to be 18 years or over and a UK resident

Your charges
explained

Our Control Account is a simple current account that offers everyday banking for just £5 a month.

There are no default bank charges and you don't pay anything for:

  • Paying by standing order
  • Paying by Direct Debit
  • Using your Post Office Visa Debit card for withdrawing cash from ATMs in the UK (however, some cash machine providers charge for their service so always check)
  • Making payments using your Visa Debit card in the UK
  • Paying in and withdrawing cash in Post Office branches

Charges do apply to certain transactions and services we offer, see our full guide to fees and charges.

What do
I need?

When you apply you may be asked for a form of ID and proof of address. Here are the documents we accept – please bring the original plus a photocopy of one from each list with you, in case you need them.

You’ll see the ID is to prove your name - your document must show your full name, not just your initials. Then the proof of address is to validate where you live. Please note the same document cannot be used for both ID and proof of address.

Forms of ID

One item from this list (must show applicant’s full name):

  • Full current signed passport (no more than 10yrs old)
  • Current full UK/EU/USA/Canada/Australia photo card driving licence (no more than 10yrs old)
  • Current full ‘old style’ UK driving licence (no more than 51yrs old)
  • Current provisional UK photo card driving licence (no more than 3yrs old)
  • DWP correspondence (or other Benefits Agency) e.g. Pension/Allowance benefit (dated within last 13mths)
  • Tax coding notice/assessment (dated within last 13mths)
  • EU National Identity Card (photo card)
  • UK Police Force warrant card
  • Electoral ID card (Northern Ireland only)

Plus one item from this list:

  • Utility bill i.e. gas, electricity, water, telephone (excluding mobile), cable services, satellite TV (dated within last 6 months)
  • Bank, building society, mortgage, credit card statement or credit union statement (dated within the last 6 months). Printouts of online statements aren’t accepted
  • Current full UK / EU / USA / Canad / Australia photo card driving licence (no more than 10 years old)
  • Current full ‘old style’ UK driving licence (no more than 51 years old)
  • Current provisional UK photo card driving licence (no more than 3 years old)
  • DWP correspondence (or other Benefits Agency) e.g. Pension / Allowance benefit (dated within last 13 months)
  • Local Authority correspondence e.g. Rates / Council Tax (dated within last 13 months)
  • Correspondence from HMRC / Revenue Commissioner e.g. tax coding notice (dated within last 13 months). P60s & P45s aren’t accepted.
  • Confirmation from work / school / college / university / care institution confirming name, address and details of employment / student / residence status (students only) (must be the most recently issued document and less than 12 months old)
  • UCAS letter – students only (must be the most recently issued document and less than 12 months old)
  • Letter from solicitors confirming recent house purchase within the last 3 months
  • Electoral register search through a credit reference agency
How to apply

1. Go into branch:

To find your nearest account-opening branch, click here

2. Complete an application form:

We’ll process it while you wait and aim to open your account there and then. You’ll need to be 18 or over, a UK resident and able to open your account with a £20 deposit. You will also need to provide an acceptable form of ID and proof of address so please bring these with you.

3. Start your day-to-day banking:

We’ll send you everything you need to get up and running including your cheque paying-in card and Visa Debit card.

Definitions

0345: Calls to 03 numbers will cost no more than calling a standard geographic number starting with 01 or 02 from your fixed line or mobile and may be included in your call package dependent on your service provider. Calls may be monitored or recorded for training and compliance purposes. 

Small print

Post Office Current Accounts are provided by Bank of Ireland UK. For overdrafts, Post Office Limited is a credit broker and not a lender.

Bank of Ireland (UK) plc is authorised by the Prudential Regulation Authority and regulated by the financial conduct authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority. Bank of Ireland (UK) plc is entered on the Financial Services Register and its Register number is 512956. Bank of Ireland UK is a trading name of Bank of Ireland (UK) plc which is registered in England and Wales (No. 07022885). Registered office Bow Bells House, 1 Bread street, London, EC4M 9BE. Post Office Limited is registered in England and Wales. Registered number 2154540. The registered office is Finsbury Dials, 20 Finsbury Street, London, EC2Y 9AQ. Post Office and the Post Office logo are registered trademarks of Post Office Limited.

Post Office Limited (POL) works with Bank of Ireland Group to provide financial services products to POL customers. In relation to credit cards, mortgages, personal loans and overdrafts, POL works exclusively with companies in the Bank of Ireland Group for the provision of credit.

We can switch you from your existing account to a Post Office Money Current Account in seven days

Manage your money via our Mobile App

Give us a call

0345 266 8977 8am-10pm, Mon-Fri
8am-6pm, Sat
10am-5pm Sunday and Bank Holidays

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