RIB French Banking ©Societé Générale
Example of a RIB courtesy of the Societé Générale website

Are you bemused by requests for a RIB?

RIB stands for relevé d’identité bancaire, meaning ‘statement of banking identity’, or just another way of saying bank account details. It is merely a pre-printed form with your bank account number and sort codes for national and international transactions. It is always a good idea to have a few to hand, which your bank can supply free of charge. Most check books will include two or more RIBs that you can easily tear out and send.

The codes printed on the RIB are used whenever you need to set up electronic payments either from or to your bank account. It’s useful when you are setting up recurring payments such as your phone and other utilities.

If you need to know your RIB look at the last few pages of your checkbook, they usually contain a pre-perforated page to tear away your RIB info and hand it over or send it by mail. This information is also mentioned in your bank account details online.

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