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The File Header Record is included once at the beginning of each ACH file and includes the following information (position numbers are listed in parentheses):

Field Name Contents (and position numbers)
Record Type Code

The numeral 1. (01-01)

Record Type Code, example
Priority Code

The numerals 01. (02-03)

Priority Code, example
Immediate Destination

A blank space, followed by the nine-digit routing number associated with the Immediate Destination Bank ID field (as entered on the Direct Deposit tab of the File > Client Properties dialog). (04-13)

Immediate Destination, example
Immediate Origin

A blank space, followed either by information entered in the Immediate Origin field or by the nine-digit routing number associated with the Immediate Origin Bank ID field (as entered on the Direct Deposit tab of the File > Client Properties dialog). If there is information in both fields, the Immediate Origin Bank ID field will be used. (14-23)

Immediate Origin, example
File Creation Date

The system date when the ACH file was created. (24-29)

File Creation Date, example
File Creation Time

The system time when the ACH file was created. (30-33)

File Creation Time, example
File ID Modifier

The information entered in the File ID Modifier field (as entered on the File > Create ACH File dialog of the Maintain Electronic Transactions File dialog). The field defaults to zero if not completed. (34-34)

File ID Modifier, example
Record Size

The numerals 094. (35-37)

Record Size, example
Blocking Factor

The numerals 10. (38-39)

Blocking Factor, example
Format Code

The numeral 1. (40-40)

Format Code, example
Immediate Destination Name

The bank name associated with the ID entered in the Immediate Destination Bank ID field (as entered on the Direct Deposit tab of the File > Client Properties dialog). (41-63)

Immediate Destination Name, example
Immediate Origin Name

Either the name entered in the Immediate Origin Name field or the bank name associated with the ID entered in the Immediate Origin Bank ID field (as entered on the Direct Deposit tab of the File > Client Properties dialog). If there is information in both fields, the Immediate Origin Bank ID field will be used. (64-86)

Immediate Origin Name, example
Reference Code

The information entered in the Reference Code field (as entered on the Direct Deposit tab of the File > Client Properties dialog). (87-94)

Reference Code, example

See also

ACH file structure and contents

Direct Deposit tab of the File > Client Properties dialog

File > Create ACH File dialog of the Maintain Electronic Transaction Files dialog

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