The SEPA Creditor Identifier is a unique reference for each creditor, which allows the debtor and his bank to know the identity of the issuer of the direct debit, for example in the event of a claim or request for reimbursement.
This reference must be included on all direct debit requests.
Structure of the SEPA Creditor Identifier
The SCI is structured in 4 parts:
- Digits 1 and 2: ISO country code (FR for France)
- Digits 3 and 4: 2 control numbers
- Digits 5 to 7: Activity code which can be used freely by the creditor
- Digits 8 to 28: National identifier.
The length of the SCI varies from country to country, but never exceeds 35 characters.
Applying for a SEPA Creditor Identifier
Here is the SEPA Creditor Identifier application form: