Do you have a bank account that is not used or an account that you are not able to maintain? This article will give you the reasons why you should close your bank account. Sample account closing letters are also given for your better understanding.
- Why Close a Bank Account?
- How to Write a Letter to Close a Bank Account?
- FAQs on Bank Account Closing Letter Format
Why Close a Bank Account?
The reasons to close a bank account can vary from person to person. Most common reasons include no proper response or service, fees being charged unnecessarily, untrustable online services, etc. It can also be because you cannot maintain the account, need the money or simply that you would like to start a fresh account.
Sometimes, it happens otherwise too. The bank closes your account because your account remained inactive for a very long period of time, you have had zero balance over a period of time, you have too many bounced checks or overdrafts, you have been subjected to identity theft, etc.
How to Write a Letter to Close a Bank Account?
Every time you wish to open or close a bank account, you would be required to write a letter to the bank manager stating the reasons for the same. To help you with it, here are some sample letters.
Format of an Account Closing Letter
The Branch Manager
Name of the Bank
Body of the letter
Signature of the Account Holder
Name of the Account Holder
Sample 1 – Current Account Closing Letter
South Indian Bank
Subject: Request for Closing Current Account
I am Sneha, and I hold a Current Account in your bank. I have not been able to maintain the account for a few months now due to some personal reasons, and so I would like to close the account. I am enclosing the account passbook along with this letter. Kindly do the needful and initiate the closing process as soon as possible.
Sample 2 – Letter to Bank Manager for Closing Account
State Bank of India
Chennai – 600054
Subject: Request to Close Account
I hold an account with the account number 0305000002356032 at your bank. I have been transferred to Bangalore, and so I will have to close the account as I would not be able to access the account. Kindly clear all the transactions with this account and transfer the balance to another account (Account number: 0201000023642365 IFSC Code: SBIL0000201).
Thank you in advance.
Sample 3 – Bank Account Closing Letter
The Branch Manager
Union Bank of India
Bangalore – 600023.
25th March, 2021
Subject: Closure of Savings Account
I am Rudhra, and I have a savings account with the account number 2312000023564932 at your branch. I am moving to Chennai for personal reasons, and so I would like to close my savings account and withdraw the amount. I request you to kindly do the needful and close my account at the earliest as I will be leaving next week.
I am enclosing herewith the bank passbook, the identification and address proof for your reference.
Frequently Asked Questions on Bank Account Closing Letter Format
How do I write a letter to close my bank account?
You have to address the letter to the branch manager of the respective bank. Start with the correct address of the bank, subject, salutation, body of the letter stating the reason for the closure of the bank account, complimentary closing, signature and name. Make sure you provide the exact account number and other details necessary accurately.
How can I close my bank account permanently?
To close your bank account permanently, you have to visit the bank and enquire about the process of closing a bank account and then write a letter to the branch manager by providing the reasons for closing the account. Also, provide the required documents for proof and verification.