KCS - What is a Sort Code?

Objective:

  • Wire transfer
  • What is a sort code in British and Irish Banking
  • How many digits is a sort code?
  • What does a sort code do?

Environment:

  • Clio Web App EU

Additional Information:

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Answer:

Sort codes, in the British and Irish banking industries, are bank codes used to route money transfers between banks within their respective countries via their respective clearance organizations.

The sort code is a six-digit number and is usually formatted as three pairs of numbers, for example 12-34-56. It identifies both the bank and the branch where the account is held. In some cases, the first digit of the sort code identifies the bank itself and in other cases the first two digits identify the bank.

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