The Bankleitzahl feature on this website is only applicable to be use in Germany. For Switzerland, kindly browse to Switzerland BC Number website.
Bankleitzahl, BLZ Code, Sort Code is a numerical code used to identify an individual branch of a financial institution in Germany. The number consists of 8 digits, and it is used for domestic bank transfer. Generally, the first 4 digits identify the banking company, and the latter 4 digits are assigned to the branch.
For international inward money transfer, a SWIFT code must be used together with a Bankleitzahl and Account Number. Alternatively, use IBAN account number as Bankleitzahl was part of it.
The format of Bankleitzahl is as follows;
- the first digit (A) identify the clearing area.
- the next 2 digits (BB) identify the bank location (Bankplatz).
- the next 1 digit (C) identifies the banking group (Bankengruppe).
- the last 4 digits (DDDD) identify the branch.
Germany Bank Bankleitzahl, BLZ Code, Sort Code and SWIFT Codes
The following is the clearing area code which represents the first digit of Bankleitzahl.
|1||Berlin, Brandenburg, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern|
|2||Bremen, Hamburg, Niedersachsen, Schleswig-Holstein|
|3||Nordrhein-Westfalen, Landesteil Rheinland (Regierungsbezirke Düsseldorf, Köln)|
|4||Nordrhein-Westfalen, Landesteile Westfalen und Lippe|
|5||Hessen, Rheinland-Pfalz, Saarland|
|8||Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen|
The following is the banking group code which represents the forth digit of Bankleitzahl.
|Banking Group Code||Area|
|0||German Federal Bank branches|
|1||Credit institutions, if not included in another group, and German Postbank AG|
|2||Banks, not included in another group recorded (formerly regional, local, specialty, home and banking industry for example, HypoVereinsbank)|
|3||Credit institutions, if not included in another group (formerly private bankers ) - eg as HypoVereinsbank|
|4||Commerzbank and subsidiary institutions (eg comdirect )|
|5||Savings banks and Landesbanken|
|6||Cooperatives and cooperative banks (or credit unions )|
|7||German bank and subsidiary institutions|
|8||Commerzbank (formerly Dresdner Bank)|
|9||People banks (or credit unions )|