IBAN in the United Kingdom

To make an IBAN, banks combine local account details into one string of characters. This means you can calculate an IBAN using these account details.

What is the IBAN format in the United Kingdom ?

An IBAN (International Bank Account Number) is an internationally-agreed code made up of up to 34 letters and numbers that helps banks make sure that international transfers are processed correctly.

Each set of characters represents a different detail for your bank account. You can see the breakdown of this IBAN below.

What is the IBAN code in the United Kingdom?

IBAN in the United Kingdom consists of 22 characters:

  • 2 letter country code
  • 2 digit check number
  • 4 characters from the bank's SWIFT/BIC
  • 6 digit sort code for the bank branch
  • 8 digit code for the bank account number

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IBAN example in the United Kingdom GB29NWBK60161331926819
IBAN in print format GB29 NWBK 6016 1331 9268 19
Country code GB
Check digits 29
Bank code NWBK
Sort code 601613
Bank account number 31926819

Do you need an IBAN in the United Kingdom?

Yes. If you’re making – or expecting to receive – an international money transfer to a bank account in the United Kingdom, then just a standard bank account number isn’t enough. If you want your money to arrive quickly and safely, you’ll usually need to give the bank a few extra details, such as an IBAN or SWIFT code.

Banks assign IBANs to each of their accounts to make sure that international transfers are processed correctly.

IBANs contain all of the country, bank, and account details you need to send or receive money internationally. This system is used throughout Europe, and also recognised in some areas of the Middle East, North Africa and the Caribbean.

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