NatWest Bank Accounts

Joint Bank Accounts

What does a joint bank account mean?

Having a joint bank account is the same as having your own, except two people have control over the account, including any arranged overdraft (subject to approval).

Both people can spend money from the account, and we'll give you a Contactless Visa Debit Card each. You'll also be able to manage your joint bank account together using our Mobile Banking app, or via Online Banking.

Types of joint bank account

You can open a joint bank account with any of our current account products, excluding Student and Adapt (child) accounts;

NatWest Select - our basic everyday banking account, with the features you'd expect from a standard account, and no fee.

Our Reward current accounts - these all give 2% back on selected household bills (paid by direct debit) and at least 1% back on spend with our retail partners. Some Reward accounts also include additional benefits, such as mobile phone insurance and travel insurance. Monthly fees apply.

Premier bank accounts - these accounts provide benefits for higher net worth customers (eligibility criteria apply) to help you get the most from your finances.

Joint savings accounts

A joint savings account can help you save together. Using our Mobile App, you can set up a goal and track your joint progress towards a dream holiday, or perhaps a rainy day fund.
Account eligibility criteria apply.

Are joint bank accounts a good idea?

Having a joint bank account can be a great option for couples, family members, or even close friends, who want to share part of their banking. It can help you organise and manage your money together, to better plan how and where you are spending.

However, before opening a joint bank account, it's important to ensure:

You fully trust the person you're opening it with, as the bank holds both parties liable for matters such as overspending and debt and any subsequent repayments.

You have discussed finances with each other, as both your credit scores will be assessed during your application and once you have a joint account, you will be co-scored. Co-scoring takes into account both parties' credit scores and can affect any future applications for credit you both make.

Open a joint bank account online...

1. Choose which of our joint bank accounts is right for you, excluding Student or Adapt (child) accounts

2. Click the 'Apply now' button on the page, and follow the instructions on screen. Be sure to select 'Joint account' when you're given the option

3. Complete the online application form. The form will ask for information for both of the applicants, so it's probably best to complete it together

Questions about joint bank accounts

Yes, you can use the Current Account Switch Service to switch a joint account from another bank to NatWest in the same way you can a sole bank account.

NatWest joint bank accounts are only available between two parties.

If you wish to close your joint account, then both parties need to agree. If there are any regular payments on the account, or any debt to be paid off, you will need to decide how these will be settled before the account can be closed.

In the unfortunate situation of a dispute between you, then you can cancel the joint account mandate. Neither of you will be able to use the account until the dispute has been settled, and each of you will be held liable for any debt on the account.

If you wish to close your joint account, then you need to pop in to a branch or write to us. 

We’ll also need the number of signatories to match our records.  For example, if the account is set up with "one to sign" then it can be closed by either person on the account. If it’s set up as "two to sign" then both need to sign to close the account.

In the unfortunate situation of a dispute between you, then you can cancel the joint account mandate. Neither of you will be able to use the account until the dispute has been settled, and each of you will be held liable for any debt on the account.

If you wish to close your joint account, then both parties need to agree. If there are any regular payments on the account, or any debt to be paid off, you will need to decide how these will be settled before the account can be closed.

In the circumstance that one joint account holder passes away, we can change the joint account to a sole account. The best thing to do is speak with your nearest branch, or write to us. 

Yes they do. The fee you pay for one of our packaged accounts (such as Reward Silver or Reward Platinum) is only dependant on which account you choose.

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