TN 223 (10-22)

GN 02402.355 Coding Argentina Bank Data on the Master Beneficiary Records (MBR)

A. Background for coding Argentina bank data

This section describes how to code bank data for international direct deposit (IDD) of title II benefits to a financial institution (FI) in Argentina.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) stores bank data on the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR) in the same fields used for United States (U.S.) direct deposit.

Special coding identifies the data as an Argentinian direct deposit and allows SSA to route benefit payments through the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) and the processor bank in Argentina to the beneficiary's FI.

If you receive an IDD request in a U.S. domestic (i.e., non-border) field office (FO), forward all appropriate information to the Office of Earnings and International Operations, (OEIO, DIO) for processing.

For more detail on IDD requests and forwarding information, see

  • GN 02402.201 Background and Policy for Direct Deposit Outside the U.S.

  • GN 02402.205 Direct Deposit Enrollment Outside the U.S.

  • GN 01010.255 Adjudication of Foreign Claims

  • GN 01702.310C Routing of Claims for U.S. Benefits Involving Totalization

B. How we receive IDD bank data

We receive requests to input bank data by mail, phone, or fax in the following formats:

  • Blank check,

  • SSA-1199-OP96 (International Direct Deposit Signup Form for Argentina), or

  • Any document that contains the required banking information.

If upon receipt of the information, there are any discrepancies, follow instructions

  • GN 00203.020, Identity of Claimants

  • GN 02402.025, Direct Deposit Post Entitlement Interview

C. Multi-country contract

The processing FI in Argentina has prefix “66” at the beginning of the routing and transit number (RTN).

The first letter of the depositor account number (DAN) field has the letter “A” assigned for Argentina.

D. Description of IDD Bank Data for Argentina

IDD payments sent to Argentina must be in U.S. dollar accounts at local FIs.

The beneficiary must provide complete information to DIO or the Federal Benefit Unit (FBU) for input.

DIO faxes incomplete forms to the FBU that serves that territory.

The FBU contacts the beneficiary or FI for the additional information.

E. Description of Argentinian direct deposit data

The data for coding IDD for Argentina comes from banks determined by the FRBKC.

The bank data for Argentina reflected on the MBR consists of up to 27 characters including the country code of “A” for Argentina.

F. Procedure for coding Argentina bank data

The FRBKC relies on SSA to provide the complete bank data to ensure correct posting of payments to a customer’s account.

If the information is incomplete, the FRBKC will reject the payment and return the funds to SSA.

You can code bank data for Argentina through when establishing or changing IDD or use an SSA system (e.g., POS, MACADE).

However, you must go to to enter the following:

  • account number;

  • account ownership;

  • account type;

  • bank code;

  • beneficiary address; (No P.O. box address allowed)

  • country;

  • enrollment status;

  • first and last name of the beneficiary; and

  • payee indicator;

NOTE: When using, bank data posts to the MBR within 4 business days.

1. Obtain SWIFT-BIC code from the FI

The SWIFT code contains a minimum of 8 characters and a maximum of 11 characters:

  • First four characters - bank code (only letters);

  • Next two characters - ISO 3166-1 alpha-two country code (only letters);

  • Next two characters - location code (letters and digits) (passive participant have "1" in the second character); and

  • Last three characters - branch code, optional ('XXX' for primary office) (letters and digits).

2. Process initial award

If you are working on an initial award, you must update using the bank account information prior to processing the award to ensure the beneficiary will receive his or her payment.

If the complete bank account information is not in when the payment processes, the payment will reject and return to SSA.

3. Add or update bank data using SSA systems

When you add or update IDD bank data using an SSA system (e.g. Post Entitlement Online System (POS), MACADE), you must:

  • update on the same day;

  • enter all POS direct deposit changes according to normal procedures;

Use procedures outlined in the following chart when processing within four business days of the current operational month (COM) cutoff date.




Are you coding an initial claim?

If yes, go to step 3.

If no, go to step 2.


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

If no, STOP.

REASON: The MBR will not accept the IDD information.

If yes, go to step 3.


The RTN is 660000042 for all IDD to Argentina. It contains the:

  • multi-country code prefix of “66” for Argentina IDD;

  • U. S. check digit code of “2” at the end of the RTN for all IDD accounts in Argentina.

No need to obtain the check digit code from Title II Interactive Comps.


Code the Type of Account as:

  • “S” for savings; or

  • “C” for checking.

If no indicated account type, use a “C” for checking account.


To code the DAN for Argentina, code as follows:

  • “A” designated for Argentina, and

  • 16-digit account number

NOTE: SSA sends IDD payments for Argentina only in U.S. dollar accounts.


You must take action on the same business day to enter all the information into listed in the introduction of GN 02402.355F in this section.

You must access or ask a co-worker to update the required information into

REMINDER: When information is not available, FRBKC rejects the payment and returns it to our agency.

G. Examples Coding Argentina Direct Deposit

The customer provides us with a signup form for Argentina containing the Account Number: 1234567890123456.

1. Derive the RTN

The technician enters the information for the RTN.

  • Code the prefix of “660000042” (the multi-country prefix for Argentina),

  • Code the type of account as a “C” for checking or an “S” for savings. If there is no indicated account type, use a “C” for checking.

2. Derive the DAN

To derive the DAN, code as follows:

  • Start with a country code of A designated for Argentina; and

  • Code the 16-digit account number “1234567890123456”

3. The technician must obtain the following

  • RTN: 660000042

  • Checking

  • DAN: A1234567890123456

a. POS coding reflects this information



  • DEPOSITOR ACCOUNT NUMBER: R1234567890123456



b. MBR reflects this information

  • RTN-660000042

  • DAN-CA1234567890123456

H. Argentina bank codes

Bank Codes for Argentina

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Batch run: 10/12/2022