Account switching service

A service that helps you change the address of your payment account for BBVA.

Find out more about the account switching service.

How do I switch accounts?

If you wish to use the account switching service you must send a written request to the Bank to which you wish the information necessary for the account switching service to be transferred (payment receipt service provider).

Said request will authorize, on an individual basis, the performance of the tasks you wish to fall under the account change service, specifying each one and the date from when they are to be performed from the new account, namely:

  • recurring credit transfers for which you are the beneficiary;
  • standing orders and direct debit authorizations.

Additionally, if you want the remaining balance of the originating account to also be transferred to the new account, you must identify the date on which the transfer is to occur. If you want to close the source account, you must also identify the closing date.

Who is it designed for?

The service is aimed at private customers and micro-companies.

More than one account holder

If the account has more than one holder, the authorization must be signed by each one.

How does the account switch work?

The account switching process is initiated at the customer's request, by sending an authorization to the destination provider. All subsequent tasks are the responsibility of the intervening payment service providers.

1. The account switching process is initiated by the destination service provider who, within two working days after the customer's request, asks the originating service provider to:

  • Provide the destination service provider and the banking customer, if the latter so requests, with information on standing orders, recurring credit transfers (in favor of the customer), and direct debits;
  • Perform all other tasks under the responsibility of the originating provider, under the terms and on the date indicated in the authorization.

2. The originating service provider has a period of five working days to provide all the requested information indicated above. Furthermore, starting on the date indicated by the customer in the authorization, it must:

  • Stop accepting credit transfers and direct debits in the originating account, if it does not have an automatic system for redirecting transfers and direct debits to the new account;
  • Cancel standing orders;
  • Transfer the remaining positive balance from the originating account to the new account;
  • Close the account.

If the originating account has associated payment instruments, the originating service provider can only block these instruments from the date specified in the bank customer's authorization.

3. When it receives the requested information, the destination service provider has five working days to:

  • Implement the standing credit transfer orders requested by the banking customer and execute them with effect from the date specified in the authorization;
  • Carry out the necessary procedures to accept direct debits with effect from the date specified in the authorization;
  • Inform the banking customer of the set of mechanisms that allow him or her to control the granted direct debit authorizations, where applicable;
  • Communicate the data of the new account to the originators identified in the authorization, request that they make recurring credit transfers to the new account, and send them the respective authorization from the customer for that purpose;
  • Ask the beneficiaries identified in the authorization that they use direct debit operations to collect funds from the banking customer's account and inform them about the new account data, as well as the date from which direct debit operations will be charged to that account. Additionally, send them a copy of the banking customer's authorization for that purpose.

In the event that the banking customer chooses to personally provide the payers or beneficiaries with the information referred to in the previous two points, the destination service provider must provide the banking customer with forms listing the payment account details, as well as the start date indicated in the authorization.

4. Closure of the originating account

In the process of switching accounts, the banking customer may choose to close the originating account. To this end, the bank customer must explicitly request this closure in the authorization he or she submits to the destination provider.

The originating account must be closed by the originating provider, free of charge, on the date reflected in the authorization submitted by the banking customer, if the latter has no outstanding obligations in that account and provided that said provider has completed the relevant tasks for the account switch.

If there are any pending obligations that prevent the account from being closed or other legal relationships that may be affected by the closing on the scheduled date, the originating provider must immediately inform the banking customer of this fact and its consequences.

How much does it cost to switch accounts?

There are fees with switching accounts. Take an in-depth look.

Both banks (originating and destination) will be able to charge fees for certain tasks associated with the account switching service:

  • At BBVA, the account change service has no associated costs. However, if BBVA is the originating service provider, where the account will be closed, there may be a transfer commission charge when transferring the account balance to the “destination service provider” {see the BBVA Portugal Price List, point 5 - Transfers (Private Customers) and point 13 - Transfers (Companies)} .

However, payment service providers involved in the account switching process cannot charge fees in the following scenarios:

  • Providing information on the account switching service;
  • Providing the customer with personal information regarding standing orders and direct debits;
  • Sending the list of standing orders from the originating account and the information available on the direct debit authorizations subject to the switch;
  • Sending available information on recurring credit transfers to the customer and recurring direct debits ordered by the creditor which have been carried out in the customer's account in the last 13 months;
  • Closure of the originating account.

How long does it take to switch an account?

Switching a payment account does not happen instantly. Both the originating and destination providers have deadlines for carrying out the tasks associated with switching accounts.

Until the account switching process is complete, payments can be made through the originating account (for example, direct debits). In this sense, the banking customer must have a balance available in the originating account to meet these payments, if necessary.

In the event of switching the account abroad, take a look at what needs to be done

This account switching service is only possible between payment service providers located in Portugal.

However, if the banking customer wants to switch his or her account to a payment service provider located in another Member State of the European Union, he or she should ask for support from the payment service provider in Portugal with which he or she holds the account.

In this case, after receiving the customer's request, the originating provider:

  • Provides the banking customer, free of charge, with a list of active standing credit transfer orders and direct debit authorizations ordered by the debtor, if any;
  • Sends available information on recurring credit transfers to the customer and recurring direct debits ordered by the creditors which have been carried out in the customer's payment account in the last 13 months;
  • Transfers the positive balance from the originating account to the new account, provided that the customer's order includes all the elements necessary for the identification of the new payment service provider and the customer's payment account;
  • Close the account free of charge on the date specified by the banking customer (at least six working days after the date on which the provider receives the customer's authorization, unless otherwise agreed), provided the customer has no outstanding obligations on the account.

If there are any outstanding obligations that prevent the account from being closed or other legal relationships that may be affected by the closing on the scheduled date, the originating provider must immediately inform the banking customer of this fact and its consequences.

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