Ensure that you consider that different banks consider different characters when you create a payment. Within payment references and beneficiary names, different banks support:
- Different upper character limits.
- Different types of special characters.
Basic approach to character limitations
Some banks have an upper limit of 18 characters for payment references and beneficiary names.
Additionally, different banks support different special characters (such as colons, dashes, or apostrophes).
This means that the simplest method to ensure your payment creation request works is to ensure your payment references and beneficiary names are under 18 characters and do not contain any special characters.
Different banks have different character limits for payment references and beneficiary names.
Typically, the character limit for payment references is 18 characters.
Some banks support up to 35 or 40 characters for beneficiary names. However, as some banks only support up to 18 characters, you should consider this in your integration.
All banks support basic latin characters in payment references and beneficiary names. Many banks support some special characters such as colons, dashes, or apostrophes.
Special character handling varies from bank to bank, so there's no consistent rule for special characters.
The table below displays the special characters supported by some popular banks.
|Banking provider||Supported special characters|
|Bank of Scotland|
Updated 3 months ago