Where is the account number on a check?

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If you’d like to enroll in direct deposit or set up an electronic payment, you’ll need to know your account number. Here’s what it is and where you can find it.

Find your account number on a check

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Your account number will be on the bottom of a check. It’s the second set of numbers to the right of your nine-digit routing number and left of the ⑈ symbol.

What is the account number on a check?

The account number on a check is used to identify your unique account. Without the right account number, you may face delayed or missing paychecks or fees for failing to pay your bills on time.

If you have multiple accounts (such as a personal and business accounts), each one will have its own account number. While a routing number is specific to your bank or credit union, an account number is specific to you. Account numbers vary in length but typically only go up to 12 digits.

Besides on a check, here are other places where you can find your account number.

Find your account number on a paper statement

If you have a paper bank statement, your account number should be prominently listed on the top of it. You’ll see the phrase “account number,” followed by a series of numbers.

Find your account number through online banking

Log in to your online banking account. Once you go to the “account information” or “account summary” section, you should see your account number. Since you may only notice its last four digits at first, click on “show” to obtain your complete number.

Call your bank

Call your bank to speak to a customer service representative. After he or she asks you a few security questions to verify your identity, the representative will give your account number over the phone.

Bottom line

At its core, your account number is a unique identifier for your bank account. It’s important because it tells the bank or credit union exactly which account to take money from and which one it belongs in.