Premier Bank Accounts

Open a Premier Select account

More than just an everyday bank account

What you'll get with a Premier Select account

No monthly fee.

Expert help online or on phone, one-to-one support when you need it.

No Non-Sterling Transaction Fee when you make a payment outside the UK or in a foreign currency. Everyday banking tasks made easier with our mobile banking app. Criteria applies. Contactless debit card.

Arranged overdraft with £500 interest-free buffer available (subject to status).

Information Message

To apply, you must be 18+ and a UK resident.

Overdraft: Representative APR: 11.4% (Variable). Other charges may apply. How does our overdraft compare? A good way to compare the costs of borrowing is by using the APR, which shows the cost of borrowing over a year.

I already have a Premier Select account

Find out how to set up and use your account.

To join Premier you'll need to be a permanent UK resident and meet one of these criteria:


Minimum £100k sole income or £120k joint income paid into your Royal Bank account

Mortgage borrowings

£500k minimum mortgage borrowing with us

Savings or investments

Minimum £100k savings or investments held with us

More features

Mobile banking app

Our Premier branded mobile banking app is secure and easy to use.

Expert help, 24/7

Available online or on the phone, when and where you need it.

Contactless debit card

Premier Select comes with a contactless debit card

No monthly fee

A bank account to get you started on your Premier journey.

Overdraft details

How do overdrafts work?

An arranged overdraft can be useful for short term borrowing. Understand arranged and unarranged overdrafts and their impact on your account. An overdraft is a form of borrowing and is repayable on demand.

How much will an overdraft cost?

Understand the cost and impact of overdrafts and whether you're eligible to apply for one. If you don't repay what is owed, you could harm your credit score and borrowing capability.

How to open an account online

Have ID ready

We'll need some details from you, such as your address history, monthly income and ID.

Start your application

You can apply online right now if you are ready. Just use the section below to tell us about yourself.

How long will it take?

You should be able to complete the online application within an average lunch break.

Switch to Royal Bank

The Current Account Switch Service will do all the work when it comes to switching, moving everything across from your old account all within 7 working days, including Direct Debits and standing orders. All you need to do is tell us the details of your old bank account and when you want the Switch to start.

We can not switch savings accounts or ISAs through this service. Any other products you have with your old bank will not be moved at the same time.

Current Account Switch Guarantee (PDF, 39KB)

A Guide to Switching Current Accounts (PDF, 3MB)

How does the Switch Service work?

Get ready to apply

Before you apply, we need to check you're happy with a few things. And ask you a few questions up front. Then we can make your application as quick and simple as it can be.

First things first. You can apply if you:

are aged 18+ and a UK resident

You must also meet one of these criteria:

Minimum £100k sole income or £120k joint income paid into your Royal Bank account.

£500k minimum mortgage borrowing with us.

Minimum £100k savings or investments held with us.

Now please take a look at the important legal stuff

How your information might be used

It's important for you to understand how we use and share your information. Please read this short summary before you continue with your application.

All okay? You’re nearly ready to start.

To speed up your application for our Premier Select account, we need to do a few final checks with you. They'll only take a minute.

What would you like to do today?
Do you have a current account with Royal Bank?
Do you know your Digital Banking details?
If you log in to Digital Banking we can pre-fill some of the application for you.

You're all set

Depending on what ID we need to see, we may ask you for:

  • Photo ID, such as driver's licence, Passport or EU ID card
  • Proof of your address, such as a utility bill or bank statement

Look out for an email and text after you have applied from our security partners, DigiDocs. It'll have a link to securely upload your documents for us to check.

Please register for Digital Banking

To help kick-start your application, we'll need you to register for Royal Bank Digital Banking. If you've forgotten your login details you can re-register via the same process.

You'll need your bank account sort code and account number, and your Royal Bank debit card if you have one.

The good news is that it normally takes about 5 minutes to register.

You're all set

Your application will be completely online, and you won't need to post us any information or visit a branch.


  1. Tell us a bit about yourself and we’ll set up your account.
  2. Our partner HooYu will then check your identity by matching you to your Photo ID. Your Photo ID must be a Passport, UK or EU/EEA Driving Licence or an EU/EEA National ID card. We might also ask for a valid proof of address. If you don't have your ID to hand you can finish this step later.
  3. Once they’ve confirmed your identity we’ll activate your account.

Here's what to do next

We’ve made a few changes to how we open joint bank accounts.

The button below takes you to a dedicated page explaining exactly what you need to open your account.

As a summary:

  1. You create a joint account by adding the second applicant to an existing account
  2. You can either add the second applicant to an existing account, or if you’d like a completely new account, one of you can open a new account and then add the second applicant once it’s open. 

You're all set

During the application, you'll need the account number and sort code of the account you want to change. You can find these in your app/Digital Banking.

As you’re changing your existing account to another, you’ll:

  • Keep your existing sort code, account number and debit card. Your existing standing orders and direct debits will stay the same. 
  • Retain your arranged overdraft limit.
  • See no impact to your credit rating.

If you're a non-UK resident, once your account has changed to a Premier Select you'll be unable to upgrade to any Reward accounts.

You're all set

You’ll need these bits of info handy for your application:

  • The account number, sort code and debit card number of the bank account you want to switch to Royal Bank
  • The account number and sort code of your existing Royal Bank current account

The Current Account Switch Service will move everything across from your old bank account to your Royal Bank current account within 7 working days.