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More people than ever before are using automated payments from making an internet payment via online banking to paying a regular bill with a Direct Debit. Which is why it’s important automated payments can be made smoothly and efficiently.

To enable that, Bacs has created a sort code checker – a one-stop-shop for the payments industry. Using data that is updated weekly, this online resource checks if the sort code a payment is being sent to is able to receive Faster Payments, Bacs Direct Credits and CHAPS payments. It confirms whether it’s possible to set up a Direct Debit Instruction on the account* or clear a cheque or pay a paper credit to it through the cheque and credit clearing facility.

Why up-to-date sort code data is important

​Out of date information can mean payments are delayed or aren’t processed at all, which could result in extra costs for businesses, individuals and payment service providers (PSP). In line with the Pay.UK commitment to ensuring payment efficiency, the sort code checker has been developed for both personal and corporate account holders.

Type the sort code below:


  • The sort code checker is provided for informational purposes only.  Whilst every effort is made to provide accurate data, users acknowledge that Pay.UK accepts no liability whatsoever with respect to its accuracy
  • Only your PSP can confirm the services that are available to you. If you are making an important payment, which is time critical, we recommend you speak to your PSP first to confirm the services on offer to you
  • Individual sort codes are allocated by participants of the UK payment schemes (Bacs, CHAPS, Faster Payments and Cheque & Credit Clearing) to those financial institutions that participate in one or more of the schemes
  • *Some types of savings and investment accounts cannot accept Direct Debit Instructions, for more information regarding individual accounts, we recommend you speak to your PSP.​​
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