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Wires

Read about Payment Services electronic wire payments, a method of payment issued to foreign payees.

Payment Services sends electronic wire payments to foreign payees with bank accounts that are not located within the United States and only when no other form of payments is accepted.

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  • For travel-related wires, see Travel.
  • For payments to payees residing in the United States, see Direct Deposit.

Request A Wire

Departments can request an electronic wire payment to payees with bank accounts that reside outside of the United states. 

To request a wire:

  • Departments should submit a request through ASK (login required) to request a Wire Form. 
  • The following information needs to be filled out entirely on the form:
    • Payee name (payee)
    • Payee address/city/country (required)
      • All international wires will require full Payee/ Beneficiary address details. Not providing a full address could cause a disruption in the wire payment and/ or cause the wire payment to be returned. This requirement is intended to mitigate fraud. 
    • Payee bank account number
    • SWIFT code (bank ID number):
      • IBAN
      • CLABE
      • Australian BSB code
    • Sort code
    • Bank name
    • Bank address
    • Amount of the wire
    • Currency type
  • Include any additional documentation as instructed on the form.
  • Department to submit the form and supporting documentation through ASK (login required, Category: Invoices, Bills, and Payments; Sub-Category: Wires and Drafts).

Note: The exchange rate will be determined at the time of conversation when the form is processed by Payment Services.

If you are unfamiliar with the various bank codes, read about Bank Code Definitions for Requesting Wires.

Requesting A Wire In Euros

If the desired currency belongs to a country participating in the Economic Monetary Union (EMU), the wire or draft must be requested in euros. For drafts, you must also specify the country. Review the euro section of Foreign Currency Requirements (PDF) to see which countries participate in the EMU.

Bank Codes

Find out about bank codes needed for requesting wires: ABA, IBAN, SWIFT/ BIC, BSB, and CLABE.

Receiving Bank Wires

Find out about receiving bank wires (electronic fund transfers).