This guide will outline the best ways to verify, validate and decode an International Bank Account Number (IBAN) before processing payments or sending funds overseas.
An IBAN, or International Bank Account Number, is used to identify the unique account of a customer at a financial institution in any of the 80 countries that use the system. All IBAN numbers share the same format and are compatible with the internationally agreed upon system originally adopted by the European Committee of Banking Standards (ECBS) in 1997.
Since then, the system has been extended by the SWIFT (Society of Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) network, and now includes additional countries around the world, outside of Europe.
IBAN numbers are made up of 34 – 35 alphanumeric characters, consisting of a two digit country code, two check numbers, a four digit bank code, a six digit bank branch code and an eight digit bank account number.
Due to the infinite resources available via the world wide web, verifying and decoding an IBAN has never been easier. Numerous free online tools, also known as IBAN checkers, allow users to check and validate an IBAN number before arranging payment of any kind.
If you are unsure about finding an online tool to help you verify an IBAN number, we recommend reaching out to the banking institution via phone or in-person, to confirm the bank account details are correct.
An IBAN checker has the ability to check if an IBAN number is correct, by confirming information such as the BIC/SWIFT code, bank name, address and country. The benefits of using this online tool, ahead of sending a money transfer, include:
If you want to read further into the subject of IBAN numbers and their role in the process of transferring money overseas, we have produced a series of guides on the subject, all of which can be found here.
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.