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Sorting Code Electronic Premium - FAQs

What format is the download available in?

Sorting Codes EISCD is available as a DAT file. These are general data files used by many programs; DAT files can usually be opened using any text editor application: There are four files containing the same data to ensure formats are suitable for your own in-house systems (eg. SAP, Oracle, Excel and Access.) Find out further details of the file format.

Fixed.dat: Contains fixed length records of 500 characters each. Each record is terminated with a Carriage Return/Line Feed.

Fix500.dat: Contains fixed length records of 500 characters each.

Varcrlf.dat: Contains variable length records. Each record is terminated with a Carriage Return/Line feed, and each field is delimited by a backslash '\'

Variable.dat: Contains variable length records. Each record is preceded by a 5 digit record length (includes the length of the 5 bytes). Each field is delimited by a backslash '\'

Our Faster Payments file is again available in four file formats.

How often should I download the file?

The Payments Council, the organisation that sets strategy for UK payments, advises regular users of sort code data to get their information from a product that's updated at least once every month and preferably each week.

Our data is updated both weekly and monthly - you choose - and we will send you notification when the latest file is available. We recommend you access the latest version as early as possible to ensure accuracy in your payments processing.

How safe is it to download?

The site is protected by a HTTPS secure socket level of security.

Who do I contact for general enquiries, comments, requests and feedback?

For general help please contact us by email at helpdesk@sortingcodes.co.uk or call +44 (0)1342 335962.

If you have any queries relating to new or existing orders, our Customer Services Team will be pleased to answer your questions.

Alternatively, you can contact us by post at the following address: Sorting Codes Electronic, Customer Services Department, Reed Business Information, Windsor Court, East Grinstead, West Sussex, UK RH19 1XA.

For more information on any of our services contact us today:
Tel: +44 (0)1342 335553
Email: sales@sortingcodeselectronic.co.uk