How to Find Your Bank Routing Number in Seconds

Get access to your bank routing number on your check or on this list of top banks.

Bank routing numbers are made up of a nine-digit code that is used to identify your financial institution in a transaction. It’s the first set of numbers printed on the bottom left side of your checks. An account number is usually 10 to 12 digits long and is specific to your personal bank account. It’s the second set of numbers printed on the bottom of your check, to the right of the bank routing number.

You might not often think about those little numbers on checks, but they’re critical to the banking system. Without them, money can’t be transferred electronically between institutions or through the Automated Clearing House network. If you have a bank account, it’s likely that at some point you’ll need to know how to read a check to find bank routing number information.

How Do I Find My Routing Number on a Check?

Routing numbers are nine digits long and appear on every check issued by all banks. Three numerical strings appear on every check, usually printed in MICR  block-like characters in magnetic ink — to make it easy for computers to read. These numerical strings are the U.S. bank routing number, the account number and the check number. The bottom left corner is where you’ll usually find the routing number on a check, as seen on the following check image.

Next comes the account number, then the individual check number. Check routing number location varies, and in some cases, as with some computer-generated payroll checks, the routing number and account number are not separated and are instead printed in sequence. In those cases, the check routing number is always the first nine digits of any numerical sequence printed on a check.

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What Is a Routing Number?

Every bank is assigned a unique identifying numerical code, which is the routing number on a check that you write, deposit or cash. The routing number determines who will facilitate and who will receive payment in many kinds of transactions.

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When Is a Routing Number Needed?

You won’t likely need your routing number on a daily basis, but you will need it from time to time. Instances in which you’d need to find routing number information include:

  • Reordering checks: When you run out of checks, your check printer is likely to ask for your routing number before they give you new checks.
  • Setting up direct deposit: In order to have payroll checks deposited straight to your account, you’ll have to submit the routing and account numbers on your check.
  • Paying bills: Consumer bills paid through ACH also require account and routing numbers.
  • Tax payments: Whether you’re paying a tax bill or receiving a refund, you’ll need to know your bank account routing number.

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How Are Routing Numbers Determined?

Most small banks and many online banks operate with just a single routing number. Large, multinational banks, however, often use many different routing numbers where the account holder’s state determining the check routing number.

Find Your Routing Number

Check out the following table to find the routing numbers for 50 of the largest brick-and-mortar and online banks:

BankRouting NumberLink
Ally logo 2017Ally Bank124003116Learn More
AloStar logo 2017Alostar Bank of Commerce062006330Learn More
American Express logo 2017American Express Bank124085066Learn More
Associated Bank logo 2017Associated Bank075900575Learn More
Astoria Bank logo 2017Astoria Bank221472815Learn More
BofABank of AmericaVaries by stateLearn More
Bank of Hawaii logo 2017Bank of Hawaii121301028Learn More
Bank of Internet logo 2017Bank of Internet USA122287251Learn More
Bank5 logo 2017Bank5 Connect211370642Learn More
Barclays logo 2017Barclays Bank Delaware031101321Learn More
BB&T logo 2017BB&TVaries by stateLearn More
BBVA logo 2017BBVA Compass BankVaries by stateLearn More
CapitalOneCapital One31176110Learn More
ChaseChase BankVaries by stateLearn More
CIT Bank logo 2017CIT Bank124084834Learn More
Citi logo 2017CitibankVaries by stateLearn More
Comerica Bank logo 2017Comercia BankVaries by stateLearn More
DiscoverDiscover Bank031100649Learn More
EverBankEverBank063092110Learn More
Fifth Third logo 2017Fifth Third BankVaries by stateLearn More
FirstBankFirst Bank081009428Learn More
FirstInternetFirst Internet Bank 074014187Learn More
FirstMidwestFirst Midwest Bank071901604Learn More
First Republic Bank logo 2017First Republic Bank321081669Learn More
FNBOFNBO Direct104000016Learn More
Great Western logo 2017Great Western Bank091408734Learn More
HSBC logo 2017HSBC Bank USA021001088Learn More
Huntington Bank logo 2017Huntington Bank044000024Learn More
Iberia Bank logo 2017IberiaBank265270413Learn More
InvestorsBank logo 2017Investors Bank221272031Learn More
KeyBank logo 2017KeyBankVaries by stateLearn More
M&T logo 2017M&T BankVaries by stateLearn More
Nationwide logo 2017Nationwide Bank44072324Learn More
NYCB logo 2017New York Community Bank226071004Learn More
Northern Trust Bank logo 2017Northern Trust Bank0710-00152Learn More
Old National Bank logo 2017Old National Bank86300012Learn More
Regions logo 2017Regions Bank62005690Learn More
Santander logo 2017Santander BankVaries by accountLearn More
State Farm logo 2017State Farm Bank071174431Learn More
SunTrust logo 2017SunTrust Bank061000104Learn More
SynchronySynchrony Bank021213591Learn More
 tcf bank logo 2017TCF Bank122106183Learn More
 TD Bank logo 2017TD BankVaries by stateLearn More
 US Bank logo 2017U.S. BankVaries by stateLearn More
 Umpqua Bank logo 2017Umpqua Bank123205054Learn More
 Union Bank logo 2017Union Bank122000496Learn More
 USAA logo 2017USAA314074269Learn More
 WellsFargoWells FargoVaries by stateLearn More
 WesBanco logo 2017WesBanco043400036Learn More
 Zions Bank logo 2017Zions Bank124000054Learn More

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