This applies even in countries such as Greece, Saudi Arabia and Israel (see above) and others where these characters and/or numerals are not used in the national language.
Geographical usage All banks in Europe (except for the Commonwealth of Independent States) provide an IBAN identifier for their accounts as well as nationally recognised identifiers - this being mandatory within the European Economic Area.
It is up to each country's national banking community to decide on the length of the BBAN for accounts in that country, but its length must be fixed for any given country.
Background Before IBAN, customers, especially individuals and small businesses (SMEs), used to be confused by the differing national standards for bank account identification such as bank, branch, routing codes and account number.
It also contains all the key bank account details such as Bank Identifier Codes, branch codes (known as sort codes in the UK and Ireland) and account numbers.
Where used, IBANs have reduced trans-national money transfer errors to under 0.1% of total payments.
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EXAMPLE Sort Code and Account Number validation query.The IBAN was originally developed to facilitate payments within the European Union but the format is flexible enough to be applied globally.It consists of a ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code, followed by two check digits and up to thirty alphanumeric characters for the domestic bank account number (incorporating routing information), called the BBAN (Basic Bank Account Number).In addition, Israel, Lebanon, Mauritius, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia and Turkey also provide IBAN format account identifiers.Banks in the British dependencies (except Gibraltar and the Crown Dependencies) do not use the IBAN format, but this may be due to internal banking regulatory issues.An example usage of the SORT Code API with a GET request can be found below: https://com/clients/api/sort-api-eiscd.php?