Check Sort Code: Guide to Validating a Sort Code

In this article, we’re going to explain how you can check sort code validity with the use of third party sources and bank resources.

Not surprisingly, if you are trying to confirm your own sort code details, you will have many more options available to you.

However, even if you are trying to verify sort code information for someone else’s bank account, this is still possible to do.

This article will include the different methods that you can use to check sort code accuracy while also answering several questions that we receive on the topic below.

This article is part of our free series on how to send money online which you can access by clicking this link.

Feel free to use the table of contents to jump ahead to the sections most relevant to you.

Table of Contents

  1. Check Sort Code
  2. Frequently Asked Questions
  3. Do You Want Help Opening Bank Accounts?

Check Sort Code

To check sort code accuracy, you can use a sort code checker, review your account details directly with a bank, or verify sort code information through online banking, physical checks, or past communication from the bank.

If you do decide to use a sort code checker, you may still want to confirm with your financial institution or by reviewing your online bank account. We suggest this because, while many third-party sort code checkers are accurate, they are independent and may make errors in their assessment.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Below are a few of the most common questions we receive from people looking into a check sort code. If you have further questions you would like to ask our team, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

What Is a Sort Code?

A sort code is a unique identifier that different countries use in order to identify specific financial institutions and branches. In most cases, the sort code is a six-digit code. In almost all cases, a sort code is used to complete domestic transactions. International transfers rely on a different unique identifier, known as a SWIFT code.

How Do I Check What Bank Sort Code I Have?

To check what bank sort code you have tied to your account, you can either review account statements, login to online banking, review the bottom of a check tied to the account, contact your bank directly, or look it up for yourself online.

Can You Search for a Sort Code?

Yes, sort codes are publicly available for anyone to view. In short, sort codes identify a specific financial institution and branch. So if you know which financial institution an account is held with and the location of the branch it is possible to look up the sort code for the specific bank and branch.

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The GlobalBanks editorial team comprises a group of subject-matter experts from across the banking world, including former bankers, analysts, investors, and entrepreneurs. All have in-depth knowledge and experience in various aspects of international banking. In particular, they have expertise in banking for foreigners, non-residents, and both foreign and offshore companies.

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