How To Find Your Bank Account Routing Number
The ability to know how to find your bank account routing number has become more important with the rise in popularity of electronic banking transactions. A bank routing transit number is a nine-digit bank code used to identify the financial institution on which the check is drawn. A bank account number identifies your account within the bank, but the routing number identifies the bank the account belongs to. This bank code helps sort and ship paper checks back to the correct check writer’s account. Routing numbers are now commonly used in electronic banking to show where the money is coming from.
Things you'll need:
- Personal checks
- Computer with internet access
- Look at the bottom left-hand corner of your paper check. The nine digit number is printed in electronic lettering. The bank routing number will be at the left of your bank account number. Your bank statement may also contain your bank account routing number.
- Look up your bank account routing number online. Search for "find routing number for [your bank]" or "find bank transit number for [your bank]." There are several websites available to help you specificially search for bank routing numbers. Or go to your bank's website and look in the frequently asked questions (FAQ) section.
- Call your local banking branch or visit them to get your routing number. They may ask for your account number to prove you are a customer.
- Once you get your bank account routing number, keep it in a safe place to use for electronic banking.
Routing numbers are also used to order checks, to arrange direct deposits or to set up automatic bill paying services.