Knowing which number on a check is the routing number can be important to bank customers for a variety of reasons.  Whether you need to reorder checks online, conduct a wire transfer, set up a direct deposit, or any number of electronic banking actions there will be times when you’ll have to know your bank’s routing number.  The best way to find the routing number is to look on a check drawn on the bank. 

Both the routing number and the account holders account number are printed on the checks along with symbols for coding and the check number.  At the bottom of the check, these three sets of numbers can be found.  The bank routing number is always 9 digits long.  The account number may be up to 17 digits in length. 

The routing number is usually the first nine numbers in the bottom left-hand corner of the check.  Some banks list the routing number first on the check followed by the account number, while other banks list the account number first.  The check number should be easy to identify, it should match the number in the upper right hand corner of the check.

The routing number will always be surrounded by the two symbols the look like this, |:
The account number will be found to the left of the symbol that looks like this, ||’

As a last resort, if you are not sure which numbers are the bank routing numbers, contact the bank to verify the correct information.

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