4. Sending money

You can use your bank account to send money to a prisoner. You’ll need:

  1. a payment reference to identify the prisoner
  2. the prison service bank account and sort code

Payment reference

Use the:

  • Prisoner number
  • Prisoner date of birth

If you don’t know the prisoner number, the prisoner will be able to tell you what it is.

An example of how to write the payment reference

  • If the prisoner number is:

  • And their date of birth is:

    10 January 1959
  • You'd write:

    A1234JG 10/01/1959

Bank details

All public prisons in England and Wales use the same bank account to receive money sent to prisoners. Make a payment using these details:

The prison service account number 48301337

The prison service sort code 45-50-55

The money should arrive in the prisoner’s prison account in 2 working days * .

If you have any questions about how to make a payment you should contact your bank or building society.

Sending money from outside the UK

You can use all the same details to make a payment outside the UK, plus these details:

Swift / BIC code NOMSGB22

* Your bank may take longer to process payments (up to 3 working days).

Send a cheque, postal order or cash

Make sure the cheque is written out to ‘NOMS Agency’. Send cheques, postal orders and cash in an envelope addressed to the governor of the prison. Your letter should include:

  • your name and address
  • the prisoner’s name and prison number

The money is then paid into their prison account - a basic cash account they can use to send and receive money.

Privately-run prisons

Contact the prison directly if you want to send money to someone in a privately-run prison.