What is UK Sort Code?

A UK SORT Code is a six-digit numerical code, which is used to identify the particular UK bank branch location of the bank where the account is held.

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UK Bank Sort Code

What is Sort Code for UK Bank?

Sort codes are domestic bank codes used in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to route money transfers between financial institutions. They are six-digit hierarchical numerical addresses that specify clearing banks, clearing systems, regions, large financial institutions, groups of financial institutions, and, eventually, individual branches.

Formation of UK SORT Code:

The UK Sort Code is a six-digit unique code that is formatted into three pairs separated by hyphens, for example: 23-45-78.

  • The First Two Digits: Bank identifier and
  • The Next Four Digits: Branch Location.

Example: Breakdown of the UK Sort Code








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Branch Location

Applications for UK Bank Sort Codes

The applications of the UK Bank SHORT code are as follows:

  • It is used to identify where a payment originates and confirm that it is being sent to a valid bank/financial institution that accepts the payment type.
  • The sort code is also used to route the payment to the appropriate organization and to identify who will settle the payment.

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