Order a branch code
A branch code is an optional element for all BICs, consisting of a three-character Branch Code linked to the related BIC assigned by SWIFT.
Understanding the ordering process
Find out how to place your order, track your order and request high priority or emergency handling.
Important information about your order
- High volume of branch codes
- If you have a lot of branch codes to create, contact your local SWIFT sales office or email your request to End-to-End Ordering.
- Read the BIC Policy, which provides a general description of the rules related to the registration and the publication of BICs (login required).
- Connection status of the BIC
The connection status of the BIC will determine the connection status of the branch code:
A branch code created on a connected BIC will result in a connected branch code.
A connected branch code is a three-character code linking to an active BIC8. It appears in the header of a SWIFT message.
A connected branch code with a location code (8th digit) ends with a character other than 1.
A branch code created on an unconnected BIC will be an unconnected branch code.
- An unconnected branch code can only be used as a reference in the body of the message and is always published.
- A non-connected branch code with a location code (8th digit) ends with 1.
- Branch code information
A branch code must identify a branch, department, service or system that belongs to the same legal institution as the corresponding BIC.
An unconnected branch code (BIC11) is published in the BIC Directory by default. While not recommended, a SWIFT User may decide to register an unconnected branch code as non-published.
A non-published code must only be used if it is so agreed on a bilateral basis or within a group of users.
You must decide if you need a connected, an unconnected branch code or both.
You must also decide if you need a test and training BIC for the new requested branch code.