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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.