Pay Spirits Drinks Verification fee

How to pay your Spirits Drinks Verification fee and the time it takes for payment to reach HMRC.


The Spirits Drinks Verification Scheme ensures that spirit drinks with a Geographical Indication are produced to specific conditions.

After you apply to join the scheme HMRC will send you an invoice covering the fee for your registration and verification. You should pay the amount you owe within 30 days of the date on the invoice.

How much time to allow

You must pay by the deadline or HMRC will not carry out verification and we’ll not approve your application to register for the scheme.

The time you need to allow depends on how you pay.

Payment method Time allowance
Online or telephone banking (Faster Payments) Same or next day
CHAPS Same or next day
Bacs 3 working days

If the deadline falls on a weekend or bank holiday, make sure your payment reaches HMRC on the last working day before (unless you’re paying by Faster Payments).

Ways to pay

Bank details for online or telephone banking, CHAPS, Bacs

You can pay by Faster Payments, CHAPS or Bacs to HMRC’s account.

Sort code Account number Account name
20 50 46 73987795 HMRC Accounts Receivable Receipts

You’ll need your 14-digit reference number. This is on the invoice HMRC sends you.

Your payment may be delayed if you use the wrong reference number.

Payments by:

  • Faster Payments (online or telephone banking) usually reach HMRC on the same or next day, including weekends and bank holidays
  • CHAPS usually reach HMRC the same working day if you pay within your bank’s processing times
  • Bacs usually take 3 working days

Check your bank’s transaction limits and processing times before making a payment.

Overseas payments

You should use these details to pay from an overseas account.

Bank identifier code (BIC) / Swift code Account number (IBAN) Account name
BARCGB22 GB61 BARC 2050 4673 9877 95 HMRC Accounts Receivable Receipts

If you need to give your bank HMRC’s banking address it is:

Barclays Bank Plc
1 Churchill Place
United Kingdom
E14 5HP

Published 30 October 2014
Last updated 29 February 2016 + show all updates
  1. Overseas payment details updated.
  2. First published.