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APPLYING FOR AN ACCOUNT

Please find below a list of documents that should be provided to support your application as well as some useful information.

2 PROOFS OF IDENTITY (per applicant)

Please choose two of the following documents:

  • Copy of passport.
  • Copy of driving licence.
  • Copy of carte nationale d’identité (for French nationals).

If you are married but still using your maiden name, please also provide a copy of your marriage certificate.

1 PROOF OF ADDRESS (per applicant)

Please choose one of the following documents:

  • Copy of a P60 or Avis d'Imposition, HMRC or official government documentation.
  • Copy of a Utility Bill - gas, electricity, water, fixed telephone or council tax (dated within the last 3 months unless billed annually).
  • Insurance attestation confirming your address.
  • A letter from the person you are living with - stating that you are living with them, together with their proof of identification and proof of address as mentioned above.

Please note that proof of address documents should correspond to your fiscal address at the time of the account being opened. Contracts, means of payment and related codes will be sent to this address.

1 PROOF OF TAX STATUS "justificatif fiscal" (per applicant)

Please choose one of the following documents:

  • Avis d’imposition
  • P60
  • HMRC tax calculation
  • Government pension or benefits statement

INITIAL DEPOSIT AND DEBIT CARDS

When opening your account an initial deposit of £2500/3000€(1) is required.

NON-RESIDENTS in FRANCE: This can be sent in STERLING and converted into Euros by our recommended option, the "Britline International Payments Service". Click here for further info.
It is also possible to send a bank to bank transfer or a personal cheque(2). The 2 latter payments must come directly from a bank account in your name(2).

RESIDENTS in FRANCE switching to a CA Britline account from an existing French account can make a transfer in EUROS or send a personal cheque in Euros. These 2 payments must come directly from a bank account in your name(2).

A VISA DEBIT Card can be requested immediately once the account is opened. The annual card fee is currently 42€ for the first card and 21€ for the second card attached to the same account. (see principle banking fees for the associated charges at www.britline.com).

INITIAL DEPOSIT Associated Fees(3)
Sending Receipt
Britline International Payment Transfer FREE if over £50, otherwise £9 FREE
Sterling Bank TransferConsult sending bank 20.85€
Sterling Cheque Consult sending bank From 45.20€
Euro Sepa Transfer Consult sending bank FREE
Euro Cheque drawn on your French bank account FREE FREE
Euro Cheque drawn on your Euro bank account Consult sending bank From 29€
(1) A smaller initial deposit may be accepted (minimum 250 GBP/ 300€), however the Card issued in this instance is restricted (i.e. does not function at tolls or car parking meters).
(2) This must be an account held with a Bank in the UK or EEA. Please note that Jersey, Guernsey and the Isle of Man are excluded. We cannot accept transfers directly from a money broker.
(3) Correct as of 01/01/2020