At the bottom of a check, you will see three groups of numbers. The first group is your routing number, the second is your account number and the third is your check number.

Knowing how to locate these important numbers is useful for setting up automatic payments for monthly bills and filing forms for actions such as direct deposit. Learn more about routing numbers, account numbers and check numbers below.

Bank check with routing account and check numbers

Routing number

The first set of numbers on the lower left corner of a check is the routing number. Keep in mind the routing numbers are 9-digit codes and the character symbol surrounding the numbers is not part of the routing number on a check. Routing numbers, sometimes called transit numbers, are public and may vary based on the region where you opened your account.

Account number

The second set of numbers following the character symbol immediately after your routing number is your account number. Sometimes the placement can be switched with the check number. To determine your account number, simply choose the longer number. This number is private and unique to your bank account - you'll find it only on your personal checks or by signing into your online account.

Check number

The check number is usually the last set of numbers on your personal check, but it could be switched in placement with the account number. They're the shortest set of numbers on the check and hold no significance besides helping you keep track of which check you're writing.

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