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How to find an IBAN number

Once you have understood what an IBAN number is and how it is used to process international money transfers, the next step is locating it. This page will detail how to find your IBAN number and what it is you are looking for.

Updated: 06/05/2021
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What is an IBAN number?

IBAN stands for International Bank Account Number and they are called for when sending or receiving international payments. An IBAN is used to identify the individual account involved in an international transaction. This globally-established coding system is primarily practised by banks within Europe, but it is becoming more widely used by countries outside the EU.

What does an IBAN number look like? 

The sequence of alphanumerical characters that make up an IBAN number is as follows:

  • 2 digit country code
  • 2 digit check numbers
  • 4 digit bank code 
  • 6 digit sort code of the bank branch
  • 8 digit code of the bank account number

An example of an IBAN is: GB25HLX11073611219664

Did you know…

The prize for the longest IBAN is awarded to Malta; their IBAN numbers are comprised of 31 characters. Conversely, the shortest IBAN numbers are found in Norway; where they are just 15 characters long. Do you know how long your IBAN number is?

How do you find an IBAN number?

Your IBAN number can be found on bank statements or in your online/mobile banking account. Alternatively, you can search for the IBAN on your bank’s website and by calling or visiting your branch.

Difficulty finding your IBAN number

If for any reason you are struggling to find your IBAN number, there are several IBAN calculators available online for those who need a helping hand.

Simply enter your home country, bank account number and sort code, and the calculator will generate your IBAN. The same goes for those who want to verify their IBAN number before submitting an international money transfer. It is always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to moving your hard-earned money.

When will you need to use an IBAN number?

As the name suggests, an International Bank Account Number is used for sending and receiving interbank transfers. They may also be called for during other international payment procedures such as setting up a wire transfer

What is the difference?

IBAN vs Account Numbers: What is the difference?
IBAN vs SWIFT: What is the difference?

As two very similar sounding financial terms, you would be correct for assuming these banking terms are interlinked.

Once you have found your IBAN number, it is easy to identify your account number: the last 8 digits of your IBAN is your bank’s account number.

Read more about the connection between IBAN and account numbers

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April Summers

April is a journalist and full-time content writer for MoneyTransfers.com. Over the last decade she has written for a number of different online and print publications. Having lived overseas in Canada and Vietnam, April hopes to see more of the world as soon as possible, with Japan at the top of her travel list. As a former expat, April has first-hand experience of managing finances from overseas. She enjoys writing about forex trends and the future of banking.

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