How to apply

Get started in moments – simply apply for an account, fund and start dealing.

1. Launch the form

Apply for an account instantly via desktop, or mobile and tablet apps. You can also apply by post.

Simply enter your details and choose a username and password.

2. Validate your identity

We use your name and address to automatically verify your identity – this protects against fraud.

For most applicants, we can automatically validate your ID online instantly.

3. Appropriateness check

We ask about your experience and financial status to assess if CFD trading, spread betting or share dealing is appropriate for you.

All information is held securely in accordance with the Data Protection Act and we never contact your employer as part of the application.

Before you apply

Requirements checklist

  • You must be over 18
  • You must successfully meet our appropriateness assessment (within the application form) to see if spread betting, CFD trading or share dealing is appropriate for you – this is a regulatory requirement
  • We can accept spread betting applications from residents in most countries, except United States, Turkey, or Australia
  • We can also open a UK CFD trading account for people from most countries, but it may be more convenient for you to deal with an office closer to home.
  • Please note you must be a UK resident to open an IG stocks and shares ISA

Information checklist

Full terms and agreements

What happens next?

After you apply:

  • If your application is successful, we send you an email with your login details to access the platform. 
  • Read our welcome guide to learn how to log in, fund and get started

Setting up your account:

  • Your account manager will call to talk you through the platform and help you place your first trade or bet
  • You’ll need to fund your account to start dealing. It’s easiest to fund with a credit/debit card or via bank transfer
  • Learn more about how to use the platform and improve your trading skills, including video guides, tips and walkthroughs
  • Set your preferences within the platform – advanced traders can choose to activate ProRealTime charts, one-click dealing and more

Safe, secure online process

Short, easy-to-use online form

Fully regulated and authorised


How long does the application process take?

Most applications are approved electronically in moments, so you can start trading straight away. If we need you to send any documents in to confirm your identity (see below), the process will take a little longer.

Do you offer a demo account or platform?

Yes, you can try our interactive platform preview or open a demo account (except share dealing, coming soon).

Can I apply by post?

Yes. Download and fill out the relevant PDF form:

Once complete, send via one of the following methods (remembering to enclose proof of your identity as described on the form itself):

Fax: +44 20 7633 5370

New Accounts
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25 Dowgate Hill

Do I need to send any documents?

We need to confirm you identity, but in the vast majority of cases you will not need to send us any supporting documents as we can verify your address details online. Occasionally we will be unable to confirm your identity online (for example if you have moved house recently), and in such cases we will contact you in order to verify your details. If you’ve applied by post, you’ll have to enclose proof of identity as described on the form.

Do I need to deposit funds to open an account?

No, you don't need to send any money to open your account, though you will have to deposit funds before you start dealing.

How do I deposit funds?

You can fund your account using most major debit/credit cards or via bank transfer. You’ll need to log in to your account and go to the My Account tab within the web-based dealing platform. See more details on how to make a payment

I’d like someone to deal on my behalf;  can I appoint a power of attorney to trade for me?

Yes. Initially, please open an account in the usual way. Once your account is open, you can fill in a power of attorney form which will allow a nominated third party to access your account.
How secure is IG/your platform?

IG is a global FTSE 250 company, with a 40-year heritage. We segregate client funds to protect your money and our platforms use industry-standard 256-bit SSL encryption – the same as PayPal or high street banks. We are authorised and regulated by the FCA.

Open an account now

It's free to open an account, takes less than five minutes, and there's no obligation to fund or trade.

* For CFDs, based on revenue excluding FX, published financial statements, Based on revenue excluding FX (published financial statements, February 2018); number of active UK financial spread betting accounts (Investment Trends UK Leveraged Trading Report released August 2018)

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Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage. 76% of retail investor accounts lose money when trading spread bets and CFDs with this provider. You should consider whether you understand how spread bets and CFDs work, and whether you can afford to take the high risk of losing your money. Spread bets and CFDs are complex instruments and come with a high risk of losing money rapidly due to leverage.