Is Branch Number Same as Transit Number? [Canadian Banks]

In this article, we’re going to answer a common question in Canadian banking, “is branch number the same as transit number?”

But, instead of keeping you waiting, the short answer is “yes, they are the same”.

That said, there are several important nuances you should be aware of, which we’ll discuss.

Additionally, we’ll also share where you can find the branch number and how it relates to the other important numbers tied to your account.

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Feel free to use the table of contents to jump ahead to the sections most relevant to you.

Table of Contents

  1. Is Branch Number Same as Transit Number
  2. How Do I Find My Transit Number?
  3. Transit Number vs Account Number
  4. Branch Number vs Institution Number
  5. Frequently Asked Questions
  6. Ready to Explore Your Options?

Is Branch Number the Same as Transit Number

Yes, the branch number and transit number both refer to the five-digit number that indicates which branch an account was opened at. This is then followed by a three-digit financial institution number, which is followed by the account number. 

That said, when being asked for a branch or transit number, you should clarify whether you are being asked for a five-digit or a ten-digit number. If you need a ten-digit number, it’s likely that the individual requesting this wants both the branch and the institution number.

This is an important distinction because, in certain instances, the combination of branch and institution numbers is seen as transit. So, while these numbers are technically the same, it’s possible that the person requesting this number means something different.

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How Do I Find My Transit Number?

The fastest way to find your transit number is by looking at the bottom of a check. There, you can find your transit number, financial institution number, and account number. Importantly, a transit number is the five digits before the institution number often referred to as either the transit number or the branch number.

Transit Number vs Account Number

The main difference between the transit number and the account number is that the transit number represents the branch where an account was opened while the account number designates the specific account at that branch. That said, both numbers are on the bottom of a checkbook, usually along with the financial institution number.

Branch Number vs Institution Number

The main difference between the branch number (or transit number) and the institution number is that the branch number refers to the specific branch of the account while the institution number refers to the actual bank. That said, both the branch number and the institution number are on the bottom of a checkbook, one after the other.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are two of the most common questions we receive from people looking into if a branch number is the same as a transit number. If you have further questions you would like answered, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us directly.

Is the Branch Number the Transit Number?

Yes, the branch number and transit number both refer to the five-digits at the bottom of a check. This number represents the branch.

How Do I Find the Branch Number of My Bank?

You can find the branch number of your bank at the bottom of a check for your account. The branch number is the five-digit number that comes immediately after the check number and just before the three-digit institution number.

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