IBAN stands for International Bank Account Number. The IBAN facilitates the automation of cross-border payment transaction processing. Each country has its particular national IBAN format. The ISO 13616 standard specifies the structure of an ISO-compliant national IBAN format. A copy of the ISO 13616 standard can be obtained through http://www.iso.org/.
ISO has designated SWIFT to act as the registration authority for national IBAN formats. Only a national standards body or a national competent authority can request a national IBAN format registration for its country.
The IBAN Registration Procedures document describes the roles and responsibilities of the different stakeholders intervening in the registration, publication and maintenance of the IBAN formats.
To request the registration of a national IBAN format or to update an existing format, please follow these steps:
1. Consult the IBAN Registration procedures.
2. Download the IBAN Registration Form.
3. Complete the form and send it by email to the address mentioned in the form.
SWIFT publishes the ISO 13616 IBAN Registry. This registry contains the technical specification of the national IBAN formats of those countries that are compliant with the ISO 13616 standard. The IBAN Registry is updated upon request from the ISO national standards bodies or the national central banks. Download the IBAN Registry (in PDF format) free of charge. The Registry is also available in .txt format.
A number of organisations offer online tools to validate the structure of IBANs. SWIFT offers directory products specific to IBAN validation, more information is available from https://swiftref.swift.com/sepa-data.
For any questions related to a national IBAN format or the issuance of national IBANs, please contact the national standards body or national competent authority at the contact details published in the IBAN Registry.
Based on the implementation and usage of IBAN in SEPA, customers can make cashless euro payments to anywhere in the European Union in a fast, safe and efficient way. More information on IBAN, its usage and purpose is available in the IBAN factsheet.