TN 244 (10-23)

GN 02402.395 Coding Serbia Bank Data on the Master Beneficiary Record (MBR)

A. Background for coding Serbia 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 Serbia. We store IDD bank data on the MBR in the same fields used for U.S. direct deposit.

Special coding identifies the data as a Serbia direct deposit and allows us to route benefit payments through the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City (FRBKC) and the processor bank in Serbia to the beneficiary's local 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, Division of International Operations (DIO) to process.

For detailed instructions 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-OP68International Direct Deposit Signup Form for Serbia; or

  • Any document containing required banking information.

If you receive information with discrepancies, see the following instructions:

  • GN 00203.020 Identity of Claimants

  • GN 02402.025 Direct Deposit Post Entitlement Interview

C. Multi-country contract

The processing FI in Serbia has a prefix of 68 at the beginning of the Routing Transit Number (RTN). The first letter of the Depositor Account Number (DAN) field has the letter “T" assigned for Serbia .

D. Overview of IDD for Serbia

IDD payments sent to Serbia must be in U.S. Dollar (USD) accounts at local FIs. The beneficiary must provide complete information to DIO or the Federal Benefits Unit (FBU) for input. DIO faxes incomplete forms to the FBU that serves Serbia. The FBU contacts the beneficiary or FI for the additional information.

E. Description of Serbia IDD bank data

The data for coding IDD for Serbia comes from the International Bank Account Number (IBAN) provided to the beneficiary by his or her FI. The full length of the IBAN for Serbia consists of 22 characters. However, the bank data on the MBR consists of 24 characters including the country code of "T".

F. Procedure for coding Serbian bank data

The FRBKC relies on us to provide the complete bank data to ensure correct posting of payments to a customer’s account. If the information is incomplete, the FRBKC rejects the payment and returns the funds to our agency.

You may establish or change IDD bank data for Serbia using an SSA system (i.e., Modernized Claims System (MCS), Manual Adjustment Credit and Award Data Entry (MACADE), etc.).

You must then go to to enter the following data:

  • account ownership

  • account type

  • beneficiary address (no P.O. box address allowed)

  • country

  • enrollment status

  • first and last name of beneficiary;

  • International Bank Account Number (IBAN);

  • payee indicator

  • Society for Worldwide Internet Financial Telecommunication-Business Identifier Code (SWIFT-BIC).

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

You must update with the bank account information prior to processing an initial award to ensure that the beneficiary receives payment. If the complete bank account information is not in when the payment processes, the payment rejects and returns to our agency.

3. Add or update bank data using SSA systems

When you add or update IDD bank data using 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 does not accept the IDD information unless the address is in a foreign country.

If yes, go to step 3.


Is the beneficiary's account a USD account in Serbia? If no, STOP.

REASON: Beneficiaries in Serbia can only receive IDD payments in USD accounts.

If yes, go to step 4.


To derive the nine-digit RTN for Serbia, code as follows:

  • prefix of 68, (the multi-country prefix SSA and FRBKC designated to use for IDD to Serbia).

  • 3-filler zeros

  • 3-digit bank code

  • Code the one-digit check code (obtain through Title II Interactive Comps)

NOTE: The final digit is the U.S. check digit code and is subject to change. Obtain check digit code through the Title II Interactive Comps from the Main Menus 07/Sub Menu 16.


Code the account type:

  • “S” for savings, or

  • “C” for checking.

If the beneficiary does not indicate an account type, use a “C” for checking account.


To code the Depositor Account Number (DAN) for Serbia, code:

  • “T” designated for Serbia

  • 13-digit account number


You must take action on the same business day to enter into all the information listed inGN 02402.395F.

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 return it to our agency.

G. Example of coding Serbia direct deposit

The customer provides us with a signup form for Serbia containing the following information: "RS35260005601001611379".

  • The first character of IBAN is “RS,” represent the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) country code.

  • The third and fourth characters of the IBAN are the IBAN check digit. Never code the IBAN country code or check digit to the MBR.

  • The next 3 characters of the IBAN represents the bank code.

  • The next 13 characters of the IBAN represent the account number.

  • The last two digits depict the check digit for the account number.

1. Derive the RTN

The technician enters the information for the RTN.

  • Code the prefix of “68

  • Code three filler zeros, “000” Code the three-digit bank code, “260”

  • Code the one digit check code (i.e. 7). Obtian from the Title II interactive Comps from the Main Menus 07/Sub Menu 16.

  • Code the type of account as a “C” for Checking or an “S” for Savings. If no account type indicated, use a “C” for Checking.

2. Derive the DAN

The technician codes the DAN.

  • Start with a country code of "T" designated for Serbia; and

  • Code the 13-digit account

3. Obtain the following information:

  • RTN: 680002607

  • Checking

  • DAN: T0056010016113

a. The coding in POS reflects the following:






b. The MBR reflects the following information:

  • RTN- 680002607

  • DAN- CT0056010016113

H. References

  • GN 00203.020 Identity of Claimants

  • GN 01010.255 Adjudication of Foreign Claims

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

  • GN 02402.025 Direct Deposit Post Entitlement Interview

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

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

  • International Treasury Services (U.S. Treasury system)

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