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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 )

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