Find BLZ Code By Bank or SWIFT Code
WHAT IS A BLZ Code?
BLZ Code, Bankleitzahl, Sort Code is an 8 digit code used for money transfers with domestic banks in Germany. The code is used to identify an individual branch of a financial organization in Germany. For international monetary transfers, a SWIFT Code is used with Bankleitzahl and Account Number.
Some countries have a direct equivalent to sort code's in their countries with a distinctive format for the country concerned. Germany and Austria use Bankleitzahl, which is equivalent to sort code. However, in the beginning of 2014 Bankleitzahl was replaced by IBAN as a part of EURO standardization.
DECODING A BLZ CODE
The BLZ Code comprises of 8 Digits. For example, ABBCDDDD
- The initial digit depicts the clearing area. (A)
- The next 2 digit depicts the bank location or Bankplatz. (BB)
- The 4th digit identifies the banking group or Bankengruppe. (C)
- The remaining 4 digits depicts the branch. (DDDD)
Clearing Area Code
The following is the clearing area code which represents the first digit of Bankleitzahl.
|Area Code ||Area |
|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 |
|6 ||Baden-Württemberg |
|7 ||Bayern |
|8 ||Sachsen, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen |
Banking Group Code
The following is the banking group code which represents the fourth 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 )|