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Bank routing number lookup. Definition, Where and How to find yours

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Jan 31, 2023

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In the United States, banks, credit unions, and payment processors, including clearinghouses, require users to use a bank routing number and an account number to execute numerous sorts of financial transactions other than paper checks. If you do not know what is the bank routing number? Don’t worry, DBNC Financial Group will clarify the routing number and its use, whether it is necessary and how to determine your bank’s routing number.

Bank routing number lookup. Definition, Where and How to find yours

Bank routing number lookup. Definition, Where and How to find yours

What does a bank routing number mean?

Financial institutions use nine-digit routing numbers to identify other financial organizations. For example, a routing transit number (RTN) and an ABA routing number (American Bankers Association) are different names. Institutions can discover your specific account using this information along with your account number.

To speed up and improve the efficiency of transactions, the banking industry introduced the numbers in 1910. The possibility of miscommunication is decreased because each bank has a unique number allocated to it. Thus, with unique bank routing numbers, two banks are still easily distinguished from one another even if they have identical names.

Understandably, you can consider it a numerical address that a bank may use to transmit and receive money from other financial organizations. The routing number identifies the financial institution in charge of the payment and guarantees that the money is delivered to the correct location. Currently, routing numbers are utilized in various financial activities including direct deposits, wire transfers and payments using banking applications.

When will you require your routing number?

Your routing number will be required in various scenarios, including setting up direct deposit, automated loan payments, and recurring transfers such as bill payments.

You’ll also need it when you file your taxes to collect your tax refund, debt a tax payment, or when making Automated Clearing House, or ACH, transactions between bank accounts. You will only need your routing number when transferring cash to or from your bank account – never for debit or credit card purchases.

How to find routing number on a check

Your routing number may be found in the lower-left corner of your checks. It’s the first nine digits in a lengthy string of numbers. That string of numbers, known as the magnetic ink character recognition line, contains your routing number, account number, and check number in that sequence.

If you don’t have a check, your routing number can be found in other ways:

  • Online banking
  • Your bank account statement
  • Phone customer service at your bank

Remember that route numbers might alter from time to time. For example, financial organizations might liquidate branches, rearrange their operations, or modify the purpose of a routing number, which can all impact the number associated with your account. Therefore, confirm your routing number with your bank before using it to avoid giving out the wrong number.

Every bank has at least one routing number, and bigger banks may have many. When you create an account with a bank with numerous routing numbers, they might vary based on where you started your budget and the transaction you’re running.

Suppose you live in Texas, for example. In that case, your routing number for setting up direct deposit may differ from your friend’s in California and your mother’s when she accepts an incoming wire transfer — even if you all use the same bank.

Routing numbers for the bank of the U.S.

Verify that the routing number for your state shown below is the same as what appears on your checks or your online account when you are logged in.

The following Bank of America routing numbers are only used for electronic payments from checking accounts. Certain states or areas use different routing numbers for checks and electronic payments. In addition, wire transfers typically have their routing numbers as well.

State

Routing number

Alabama

051000017

Alaska

051000017

Arizona

122101706

Arkansas

082000073

California

121000358

Colorado

123103716

Connecticut

011900254

Delaware

031202084

Washington, D.C.

054001204

Florida

063100277

Georgia

061000052

Hawaii

051000017

Idaho

123103716

Illinois (South and Chicago Metro)

081904808

Illinois (North)

071000505

Indiana

071214579

Iowa

073000176

Kansas

101100045

Kentucky

064000020

Louisiana

051000017

Maine

011200365

Maryland

052001633

Massachusetts

011000138

Michigan

072000805

Minnesota

071214579

Mississippi

051000017

Missouri

081000032

Montana

051000017

Nebraska

051000017

Nevada

122400724

New Hampshire

011400495

New Jersey

021200339

New Mexico

107000327

New York

021000322

North Carolina

053000196

North Dakota

051000017

Ohio

071214579

Oklahoma

103000017

Oregon

323070380

Pennsylvania

031202084

Rhode Island

011500010

South Carolina

053904483

South Dakota

051000017

Tennessee

064000020

Texas

111000025

Utah

123103716

Vermont

051000017

Virginia

051000017

Washington

125000024

West Virginia

051000017

Wisconsin

051000017

Wyoming

051000017

Routing numbers for Wells Fargo

Verify that the routing number for your state shown below is the same as what appears on your checks or your online account when you are logged in.

Please note that these Wells Fargo routing numbers are for checking accounts only, not for wire trades. There are two for California; however, the one on the following list is effective throughout the state.

State

Routing number

Alabama

062000080

Alaska

125200057

Arizona

122105278

Arkansas

111900659

California

121042882

Colorado

102000076

Connecticut

021101108

Delaware

031100869

Washington, D.C.

054001220

Florida

063107513

Georgia

061000227

Hawaii

121042882

Idaho

124103799

Illinois

071101307

Indiana

074900275

Iowa

073000228

Kansas

101089292

Kentucky

121042882

Louisiana

121042882

Maine

121042882

Maryland

055003201

Massachusetts

121042882

Michigan

091101455

Minnesota

091000019

Mississippi

062203751

Missouri

113105449

Montana

092905278

Nebraska

104000058

Nevada

321270742

New Hampshire

121042882

New Jersey

021200025

New Mexico

107002192

New York

026012881

North Carolina

053000219

North Dakota

091300010

Ohio

041215537

Oklahoma

121042882

Oregon

123006800

Pennsylvania

031000503

Rhode Island

121042882

South Carolina

053207766

South Dakota

091400046

Tennessee

064003768

Texas

111900659

Texas (El Paso)

112000066

Utah

124002971

Vermont

121042882

Virginia

051400549

Washington

125008547

West Virginia

121042882

Wisconsin

075911988

Wyoming

102301092

Make sure you keep your bank routing number to yourself. In addition, it’s a good idea to contact your bank if you notice any fraudulent transactions on your account. 

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