Your routing number is the nine-digit code on the bottom left-hand side of your check. You may be asked for it when setting up services such as direct deposit, automatic payments, or wire transfers.
Don’t have a check handy? You can also find your routing number by visiting our Routing Number Lookup and selecting the state in which you opened your account.
A routing number identifies the bank and state your money is coming from. The routing number is basically an electronic address for bank transactions made among financial institutions in the United States. It’s also known as a ABA RTN or American Bankers Association Routing Transit Number.
The numbers at the bottom of your check are, in order, the nine-digit routing number, your account number, and the check number. The check number is also in the upper right corner of the check.
The account number on your check identifies your individual account. Whereas your routing number is specific to your bank and state, your account number is specific to you. Therefore, it’s important to safeguard your account number against theft to prevent fraudulent charges.
Here are three ways you can find your account number:
The check number helps you keep track of the checks you write. Your checks are numbered in sequential order, for example: “1001,” “1002,” and so on. This helps you keep track of whether a check is missing or still needs to be processed by your bank.
Your check number appears in two places on your checks: