What is an account number?

Your account number is a unique eight-digit code that identifies your personal bank account.

You can find it in lots of places, including on your debit card and in the mobile banking app, your bank statements and on printed cheques.

Find out more about account numbers below.

In this article

  • What is an account number?
  • Where to find your account number on your debit card
  • What is a bank account number?

Where to find your account number on your debit card

Card Number

The card number is the unique 16-digit number displayed on either the front or back of debit cards.

Cardholder's name

You can find the cardholder’s name on the front or back of your card.

Expiry date

The expiry date is usually next to a heading like ‘expires end’ or ‘expiry date’. It is usually set at four years from the date your card is issued from. Dates are written in months and years.


The front of a debit card.
The back of a debit card.

Account number

Your account number is 8 digits long and may be displayed on the front of your card at the bottom or if on the back, next to the heading 'Account number’.

Security Code

The unique security code is displayed on the back of the card, either by your signature or at the bottom next to the heading 'CVV'. It consists of three digits.

Sort code

The sort code is the six-digit number displayed in the bottom left of the card when on the front of the card. If it is on the back, it is next to the heading 'Sort code'. It is separated into three sets of two numbers, with hyphens in-between.

Did you know that you can view your card details in the app?

Where else can you find your account number?

  • Banking app - If you use the Lloyds Banking app, you’ll find your account number underneath the name of your account on your app homepage
  • Internet Banking page - Just as with the app, your account number will be displayed directly below the name of your account on your personal banking homepage
  • Bank statements - Your account number is typically displayed at the top of your bank statement, before any information about withdrawals and deposits
  • Cheques - Account numbers are printed on the right-hand upper side of all cheques

What is a bank account number?

An account number is a set of digits used to identify your bank account.

You’ll need your account number and sort code to send and receive money. You may also provide your bank details to companies so that they can pay into your account, like when your employer pays your wages.

How long is an account number?

An account number is eight digits long.

What is a sort code?

A sort code is specific to each bank and usually relates to a branch of that bank. It is six digits long and separated by two hyphens, E.G. 00-00-00. Along with your account number it provides you with a unique set of details to identify your account.

What's an expiry date?

The expiry date is when your card will become inactive. Providing you have used your card within the last 12 months, a new card will be sent out a few weeks prior to your expiration date. When you are sent a new card, you will have new card details, but your account number and sort code will remain the same. A card expiry date helps prevent fraud.

Receiving payments

If someone is due to pay you money they will need your bank details. You will need to provide them with the name on the account, the sort code, and the account number. To quickly send these details, you can use the "Send bank details" feature in the mobile banking app.

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