Is Starling Banking Services right for your business?

  • Our products are designed for authorised Payment Service Providers dealing with a high volume of transactions (eg. in the range of 2,000+ payments per month with potential for growth)
  • See our page on Real Time Payments for details on the payment types we currently offer. Multi-currency accounts and payments in currencies other than GBP are still on our roadmap*

*Please check back as our services and products are constantly evolving.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply for indirect access services via Starling Banking Services you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be a Payment Service Provider authorised to offer financial services within the UK. You must be domiciled and regulated in the UK or EEA.

    A “Payment Service Provider” comprises the following (as defined in the Payment Services Regulations 2017):

    • Authorised payment institutions;
    • Small payment institutions;
    • Registered account information service providers;
    • EEA authorised payment institutions;
    • Electronic money institutions, including branches located in the EEA;
    • Credit institutions, including branches located in the EEA;
    • Government departments and local authorities;
    • Any person who has made an application to the FCA or the relevant competent - authority in their home EEA state to be authorised or registered as any of the Payment Service Providers listed above.
  • You will need to establish a banking relationship with us to support your use of our indirect access services. You will therefore need to meet our risk-based assessment criteria outlined below.

Assessment criteria

If you fulfil the eligibility criteria, in order to successfully open an account you will also need to meet the following assessment criteria to a satisfactory level:

  • You must have a robust financial crime framework in place, which includes Anti Money Laundering (AML), Terrorist Financing and Anti-Bribery and Corruption controls. An assessment of such will be conducted by our supplier.

  • You must be able to demonstrate your future business viability, financial status and business model. We require an understanding of your target client base, business model and geographic catchment area.

  • You must not be engaged, or have customers who are engaged in the following industries;

    • Adult entertainment, products or services;
    • Gambling;
    • Money Transmission services, where the originator or recipient of the payment is unclear;
    • Act as a wholesaler to cash-based money remitters;
    • Offer downstream services to other PSPs beyond your original customer; or
    • Cryptocurrencies.
  • You must comply with all applicable laws, including industry best practice guidance and scheme rules.

  • Any volume of payments originating overseas are subject to our own risk assessment and must be clearly detailed in a payment flow diagram

In line with our obligations under Regulation 105 of the Payment Services Regulations 2017, we will conduct a Proportionate, Objective and Non-Discriminatory (POND) assessment of all full applications for Starling Banking Services.

If you meet the eligibility criteria, get in touch:

Contact the SBS team

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If you are not authorised by the FCA as a Payment Services Provider within the UK, it might be that your request relates to Starling Bank Current Accounts. Please visit our Help Centre to check our FAQs or get in touch.

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