Use this service to apply for bankruptcy in England and Wales.

The process is different if you’re in Scotland or Northern Ireland.

You can only apply for bankruptcy online. It costs £680.

Find out what happens when you become bankrupt before you start your application.

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Before you start

You’ll need to provide information about your income, outgoings and debts, including:

  • wage slips
  • benefits or pension statements
  • bills, eg electricity, credit card and council tax
  • letters from a bailiff or enforcement agent

You’ll be asked to create an account. You can start your application and come back to it later by logging in to your account.

You won’t be able to submit it until you’ve paid the full fee.

If you’ve applied for a person at risk of violence (PARV) order, don’t submit your application until the court has made a decision about your PARV.

Paying the fee

You can’t submit your application until you’ve paid the full fee. You can pay in instalments if you can’t afford to pay it all at once.

If you need help paying the fee, search for a grant on Turn2us.

If you need help with your application

Get help from a debt adviser.

You can also contact the Insolvency Enquiry line.

Insolvency Enquiry Line iel.onlinedebtsolutions@insolvency.gsi.gov.uk
Telephone: 0300 678 0015
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm
Find out about call charges