TN 31 (01-08)

GN 02402.321 Coding Dominican Republic Bank Data for the MBR

A. Introduction

1. Coding Dominican Republic Bank Data

This section describes how to code bank data for direct deposit of Title II benefits to U.S. dollar account at a financial institution (FI) in the Dominican Republic. The bank data will be stored on the MBR in the same fields as are used for U.S. direct deposit. Special coding identifies the data as Dominican Republic International Direct Deposit (IDD) and allows benefit payments to be routed through the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) and Citibank to the beneficiary's FI in the Dominican Republic.

NOTE: U.S. domestic (i.e., non-border) field offices (FOs) should not attempt to process an IDD request for this country. U.S. domestic FOs must forward all appropriate information to the Office of Earnings and International Operations, Division of International Operations (OEIO, DIO) for processing (For more information on forwarding IDD information, see GN 02402.205C, GN 01010.255, and GN 01702.310C).

2. Where to Obtain Data

The data for coding may come from a signup form for the Dominican Republic (see GN 02402.321E.), or the equivalent information received by mail, phone, fax, or e-mail.

NOTE: If upon receipt of the information, there are any discrepancies, follow instructions in GN 00203.020 and GN 02402.025.

3. Multi-Country Contract

Citibank is the processor bank for IDD to several countries, including the Dominican Republic. All countries for which Citibank is the processor bank have a prefix of 70 at the beginning of the routing number (RTN) and an assigned letter in the first position of the Depositor Account Number (DAN). The letter assigned for the Dominican Republic is J.

B. Description Dominican Republic Bank Data

All bank accounts in Dominican Republic are savings accounts.

Dominican Republic bank data consists of a total of up to 21 digits, as follows:

  • A zero, a 3-digit bank code, and a 5-digit branch code.

  • An account number of up to 12 digits.

C. Procedure

Follow the steps in this procedure to code direct deposit of Title II benefits to an FI in the Dominican Republic.

  1. Are you coding an initial claim?

    • If yes, go to step 3.

    • If no, go to step 2.

  2. Is the beneficiary's address on the MBR in a foreign country (PCOC = 8)?

    If no, STOP.
    REASON: The MBR will not accept IDD information (RTN begins with 5, 6, or 7) unless the address is in a foreign country.

  3. Is this a peso account?

    • If yes, STOP. REASON: SSA sends payments to Dominican Republic only in U.S. dollars.

    • If no, go to step 4.

  4. Code the type of account as Savings.

  5. Code the Routing and Transit Number field as follows:

    • Start with 70, the prefix assigned to Caribbean countries for which Citibank is the processor bank.

    • Code a zero, the 3-digit bank code, and the first 2 digits of the 5-digit branch code. Code the U.S. check digit. Obtain the U.S. check digit by using the Check Digit program on Title II/Interactive Comps.

  6. Code the Depositor Account Number as follows:

    • Start with J, the letter assigned to show that the FI is in the Dominican Republic.

    • Code the remaining 3 digits of the branch code.

    • Code the account number of up to 12 digits. Do not include any alpha characters, dashes or spaces.

D. Examples

EXAMPLE 1: A signup form for the Dominican Republic contains the name and address of the bank, and Account Number 123456789012. The consular office checks with the bank and finds the assigned bank code is 123, branch code 45678.

  • The RTN will be 700123452. (The final digit, 2, is the U.S. check digit for 70012345.)

  • The DAN will be J678123456789012.

EXAMPLE 2: With an initial claim, DIO receives a Dominican Republic signup form that contains the following information:

  • Bank code 011122222.

  • Account Number 123412341234.

The correct coding is: RTN 700111228, DAN J222123412341234. Exhibit - IDD Enrollment Form For Dominican Republic.