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What is an IBAN and BIC and where can I find them?

IBAN

An IBAN (International Bank Account Number) is your bank account number in an internationally recognised format. It is made up of  your sort code and account number, as well as a two-letter country code, check code and issuing code.

A typical The Co-operative Bank IBAN number can be broken down like below:

Country Code Check Number Bank Identifier Code Sort Code Account Number
GB 12 CPBK 12 34 56 12345678
  • Country Code - Identifies which country the IBAN was issued and where the account is held.
  • Check Number - Enables a banking institution to validate an IBAN. This varies between IBANs.
  • Bank Identifier Code - Identifies the IBAN account holder's bank.
  • Sort Code & Account Number - Identifies where the funds need to be transferred.

Finding your IBAN

You can find your IBAN on your statements, or when you log into online banking by selecting the account you wish to find the IBAN for.

You can find out whether an IBAN you have been given is correct by visiting the UK Payments website.

BIC

A BIC (Bank Identifier Code) identifies the bank's branch and should be used on all international payments.

The Co-operative Bank's BIC code: CPBKGB22

Bank Identifier Code Country Code Branch Identifier
CPBK GB 22

 

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