An American Banking Association routing transit number (ABA RTN) is a nine-digit code, used in the United States, which appears on the bottom of your check to identify the financial institution that the check was drawn on. The routing number was initially designed to facilitate the sorting, bundling, and shipment of paper checks back to the check writer’s account. ACHs and wire transfers expanded the system to accommodate these forms of payment. Routing numbers are also necessary to process direct deposits, pay a bill, and other automated transfers.
When you’re providing funds for an online transaction or filling out a form for direct deposit, you’ll often be asked for this number for your bank. Fortunately, it’s easy to find.
As mentioned in the previous module, it is easy to find your routing number. All you can do is look at the lower left-hand corner of your check. Your routing number will be the first nine numbers in the lower, left-hand part of your check.
As mentioned in the previous module, make sure that you keep your account information secure. Don’t forget to use a reliable internet connection when accessing your account, use a secure website, track your check to make sure no one has inappropriately accessed your information, and monitor your account for fraud.
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