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Locating your bank routing and account numbers

You can find the Bank Routing Number and your Checking Account Number within the string of numbers located at the bottom of one of your checks. Make sure you are using a check and NOT a deposit slip, since the numbers may not be the same. If your Account Number is not clearly recognizable, you can identify it by following the steps below.

The numbers at the bottom of your check include a 9-digit Bank Routing Number, your Account Number and the Check Number. You can find your Account Number through the process of elimination. It may be helpful to write the string of numbers down on a piece of paper first. When writing out your bank numbers, ignore any special characters that may look like this:

Step 1. Find your bank routing number

The first nine numbers from the left at the bottom of your check are your bank routing number. This number is always nine digits. Circle these digits.

You can also find the special character shown at right. The bank routing number is always between these characters.

Step 2. Find the check number

Locate the string of numbers at the bottom of your check that matches the check number in the upper right-hand corner. This number is usually 4 digits, and may include a zero as the first digit. Draw a line through these digits -- these are not used in establishing an EFT authorization. If they are used, they can lead to errors.

Step 3. Identify the remaining numbers

The numbers that remain (those that are neither the bank routing number nor the check number - are your account number. Note that if you notice extra zeroes before or after your account number, you should include them as part of your account number.