Check an IBAN

IBAN stands for International Bank Account Number and is made up of a code that identifies the country the account belongs to, the account holder's bank and the account number itself.

The IBAN makes it easier and faster to process cross-border payments.

Your IBAN number
If you are invoicing internationally you need to supply your own IBAN number. The bank assigns an IBAN to each of your accounts. You cannot calculate an IBAN yourself automatically, as each bank might have different methods of registering their account numbers in the IBAN. The IBAN appears on your account statements and on your Business eBanking.

Check if an IBAN is valid
You can check whether an IBAN is valid below.

This check will NOT confirm that the bank account exists, simply that the format of the IBAN conforms to the required standard for the bank and country.

Check IBAN

Some questions you may have

  • Why use the IBAN?

    The IBAN makes automatic processing of cross-border payments easier and enables the bank to check, immediately upon receipt, whether the account numbers are correct. This avoids fees for manual processing of transfers. Using the IBAN when sending funds aids Straight Through Processing (STP) and avoids any associated charges.

  • How an IBAN is constructed

    How an IBAN is constructed The IBAN is an international standard (ISO 13616). The number comprises maximum 34 alphanumerical characters, which are structured as follows:

    • Two letters representing the home country of the account-holding bank (ISO 3166 country code with two letters, e.g. IE for Ireland)
    • Two numbers that are a control key
    • Maximum of 30 alphanumeric characters that identify the bank and the ordinary account number.

    An IBAN in Danske Bank consists of 22 characters, which comprise the ISO country code + control key + sort code + the ordinary account number of 8 digits.

    Example of the IBAN in Danske Bank

    Here is an example of how an IBAN is constructed for a fictional Danske Bank account with sort code 950121 and account number 12345678:

    Country code Control No. Sort code Account No.
    GB 08 DABA950121 12345678
  • Importers and the IBAN

    Ask your foreign supplier to notify you of its IBAN so that you can write it on the payment orders that you send through Danske Bank. If your supplier lives in the EU or EEA, the IBAN must appear on its invoices.

  • Exporters and the IBAN

    The IBAN must appear on your invoices so that your foreign customers can write it on the payment orders to you.

  • How do you get an IBAN?

    The bank assigns an IBAN to each of your accounts. You cannot automatically calculate an IBAN yourself, as each bank might have different methods of registering their account numbers in the IBAN. The IBAN appears on account statements and in the bank's online systems.

  • What is SWIFT/BIC and what is Danske Bank's SWIFT address?

    SWIFT/BIC (Bank Identifier Code) is an international standard for identifying a bank.

    Danske Bank’s SWIFT is: DABAGB2B. You will benefit from using IBAN and SWIFT for international payments. Since there is no manual handling, transaction costs are reduced.

Please note that the accounts listed below are fictional and are for illustrative purposes only

Examples of IBAN construction