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Account number on a check

Account number on a check

Account number on a check

An account number is a unique string of numbers and, sometimes, letters and other characters that identifies the owner of an account and grants access to it. In the U.S., the Social Security number was the primary identifier until its vulnerability to identity theft forced the practice to be abandoned. In today's electronic age, the most important account number for many people is the checking account number.You can find your account number at the bottom of your checks, the second set of numbers from the left that is between 9 and 12 digits. This number lets the bank know which checking account to take the funds from. If you don't have a check available, you can find your account number on your bank statements, or by logging into your Huntington Online Banking account. You can also get your account number by visiting a Huntington branch and showing a valid ID.

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Account numbers are a lot like a customer ID, or fingerprint, that is specific to each account holder. Similarly, routing numbers identify each banking institution with a unique numerical ID. Routing and account numbers are assigned to indicate exactly where funds in a transaction are coming from and going to. Any time you make an electronic funds transfer, for instance, both the routing and account numbers must be provided to the relevant financial institutions. Every bank-related financial transaction requires two key pieces of information to identify customers: the routing number and the account number, both of which are assigned when you open an account. Whether you need to set up a direct deposit, such as your paycheck, or order checks online, you will need both your bank’s routing number and your personal account number for those transactions.

Small banks generally possess just one routing number, while large multinational banks can have several different ones, usually based on the state in which you hold the account. Routing numbers are most commonly required when reordering checks, for payment of consumer bills, to establish a direct deposit (such as a paycheck), or for tax payments. The routing numbers used for domestic and international wire transfers are not the same as those listed on your checks. However, they can easily be obtained online or by contacting your bank. You should be able to find both your routing number and account number by logging into your online banking account. You can also find them on your checks. At the bottom of each check, you will see three groups of numbers: routing numbers (again, typically nine digits) appear as the first group, the account number generally comes second, and the third is the actual check number. Sometimes, however, such as on official bank checks, those numbers can appear in a different sequence. Like much of your bank account information, your checking account number can also be found online. Exactly where your account number appears online will differ from bank to bank, but you’ll generally need to login securely with your account credentials first. Wells Fargo, for example, shows your checking account number directly under your account name, while Regions Bank displays your account number in your Account Details area. (Source: www.valuepenguin.com)

 

 

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