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Create an Adyen business account

Learn how to create business accounts for your users.

When you create an Adyen business account for your users, you generate an IBAN linked to their balance account. Your users can give the IBAN to third parties so they can receive business-related payments or fund transfers.

Before you begin

Before you can create business accounts for your users, follow the requirements for business accounts.

Make sure that your users have:

Create a business account payment instrument

When the business account-related capabilities are allowed for the account holder, you can proceed with creating a payment instrument. These are resources that account holders can use externally to transact with their balance account, such as a business account. Creating a business account payment instrument generates an IBAN.

To create a business account payment instrument, make a POST /paymentInstruments call specifying:

Parameter name Required Description
balanceAccountId -white_check_mark- The ID returned when you created the balance account. All financial transactions, such as receiving and sending funds, will be processed in this balance account.
issuingCountryCode -white_check_mark- The two-letter country code where the business account is issued. We currently only support countries in the EU. The currency of the specified country must match the currency of the balance account.
type -white_check_mark- Set to bankAccount.
description Your description for the business account, which you can use to store useful information for your staff.
reference Your reference for the business account, which you can map to your internal systems.

A balance account can only have one business account number. The API returns an error if a business account number already exists. To find the existing business account number, make a GET /balanceAccounts/{id}/paymentInstruments call.

Here is how you create a business account number for a business account issued in the Netherlands.

Create a business account number

The response returns the paymentInstrument resource, identified by its unique id. You also receive the iban which the account holder can use when sending funds to their business account.


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