Using a US bank account to send or receive a domestic or international wire transfer? Make sure your payment arrives by using the right routing number.
What is a routing number?
In the US, banks and other financial institutions use routing numbers to identify themselves. They’re made up of 9 digits, and sometimes called routing transit numbers, ABA routing numbers, or RTNs.
The Federal Reserve Banks need routing numbers to process Fedwire funds transfers. The ACH network also needs them to process electronic funds transfers – like direct deposits and bill payments.
What are routing numbers used for?
Banks use routing numbers for all sorts of financial transactions. You might need one if you want to do any of the following:
- Set up a direct deposit, or pay bills automatically from your US bank account
- Have payments like a salary or pension deposited into your account
- Pay in a check
- Make a wire transfer or ACH payment to someone in the US
Are all routing numbers the same?
Which routing number should you use?
Banks use different routing numbers for different types of transactions. For this reason, the routing number printed on your checks might not be the same number you need for an ACH transfer, or direct debit.
If you’re not sure which routing number you’ll need for a particular transfer type, you should check with your bank beforehand. Using the wrong number can lead to delays in processing the transfer.
Where to find a routing number on a check
Here’s where to look for your routing number on any check issued by your bank.
Good news: there are lots of ways to find your ABA routing number.
How to find your routing number online
Here are some of the ways to find your number online:
- On this website – We’ve listed routing numbers for some of the biggest banks in the US.
- Online banking – You’ll be able to get your bank’s routing number by logging into online banking.
- Check or statement – bank-issued check or bank statement.
- Fedwire – You can look up your routing number on the official website of the Federal Reserve.
To make sure the bank can process your payment securely and quickly, you should always check routing numbers – including numbers on this page – with your bank or your recipient.