Video: Routing number vs. account number


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Which is which?

The routing number is a nine-digit number on the bottom left of a check that identifies your bank. The first four digits indicate the geographic location of the bank. The second four digits specify which branch holds the account. The last digit is for added security.

The account number is the next set of numbers after the routing number. Account numbers are typically eight to 12 digits. The account number is specific to you and is needed for all transactions.

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