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Iban to Account Number

In this guide, we’ll look at how to find your account number from an IBAN, the breakdown of an IBAN, and what other information you might need when sending money to friends and family abroad.

Updated: 03/06/2021
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An IBAN – International Bank Account Number – is used for identifying a specific bank account for international money transfers and transactions. Along with your SWIFT/BIC code, any time you are sending your money to another bank account abroad, you are likely to be asked for the corresponding IBAN for that account. In this quick guide, we’ll cover how to find your account number from your IBAN.

IBAN Breakdown

An IBAN will usually consist of 34 characters and can be broken down in the following way:


AA: Country code: the country that the bank account is held in

BB: Check digits: enable the sending bank to perform a security check of the routing destination.

CCCC: Bank identifier: This code identifies the account holder’s bank.

DDDDDD: Sort code

EEEEEEEE: Account number

How to find your account number within your IBAN

If you know your IBAN, finding your account number will be very straight forward. The account number is the last 8-digits of your IBAN, and will be the same as the account number associated with whatever account is receiving funds.

The middle set of digits are your branch sort code, while the first 8-digits are your BIC code.

Where else to find your account number:

If you don’t have your IBAN code to hand, there are other ways you can find your account number, which include:

  • Logging in to your online banking and viewing your account information there
  • Phoning your bank to request your details
  • Visiting your local branch in-person
  • Looking on a bank statement

How to know if you have the correct IBAN?

If you want to verify the validity of the IBAN you have been given, you can use an IBAN checker. An IBAN checker will validate all the separate components of the IBAN you provide so you feel confident that your international payment will be processed correctly and accurately.

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Yasmin Purnell

Yasmin is the content writer for MoneyTransfers.com. With an English degree from the University of Nottingham and over 5 years’ experience freelancing in the personal finance niche, Yasmin joined the team with a mission to make international money transfers accessible and easy to understand for all. When she’s not writing, you’ll find Yasmin on her yoga mat or planning her next escape to the mountains.

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