When it comes to withdrawing money from an ATM, you are limited to the amount you can withdraw in one day. You’re also subject to the amount of money you spend with your debit card each day. All banks impose these limits, both for security and practical reasons. These limits prevent thieves from withdrawing and spending all your money. Plus, banks can only keep a limited amount of cash on hand to distribute. The daily ATM withdrawal and debit purchase limits depend on your bank and the type of account you have.
Average Daily ATM Withdrawal Limits and Debit Purchase Limits
Daily ATM withdrawal limits range from a few hundred to a thousand dollars. Simpler checking accounts tend to have lower limits than, say, a premium or elite checking account. Student accounts also have lower limits to help students better manage their money.
Keep in mind that these limits apply to checking accounts. You can withdraw money with no limit from savings accounts. However, federal law limits you to six savings account withdrawals (or transfers) per statement cycle.
The chart below lists the daily ATM withdrawal and daily debit purchase limits for popular banks’ basic accounts. If you have a different account or bank, or are unsure about your limits, you can always call your bank or refer to your account documents.
|Bank||Daily ATM Withdrawal Limit||Daily Debit Purchase Limit|
|Bank of America||$1,500||$5,000|
|PNC||$500||$2,000 with PIN, $5,000 non-PIN|
It’s important to note that when you open an account with the above banks, these listed limits may not apply. Banks like Bank of America and Chase set limits after you open an account based on your financial history. Chase can’t even give you an estimate should you call without an account, as SmartAsset did. If these limits are a concern for you when looking at accounts, you’ll want to ask a customer service representative what your limits will most likely be.
How to Get Around Withdrawal Limits
If you need more money than your daily ATM withdrawal limits allow, there are some ways to get around it. For one, the ATM limit applies only to ATM withdrawals. So during banking hours, you can go into the bank and make withdrawals of any amount with a teller. If you need to withdraw a large amount of money, this is the best and safest way to do it.
You can also call your bank and ask to temporarily raise your limit, whether the ATM withdrawal or debit purchase limit. This helps when you need to make a one-time purchase that exceeds your current limit. Just be sure to ask when the increase goes into effect and for how long.
Another way around the ATM withdrawal limit is to choose the cash back option when you make a purchase at a store. Cash back still counts toward your daily debit purchase limit, but this is generally higher than your ATM withdrawal limit.
If none of these options work out for you, you could get a cash advance through your credit card. You’ll likely want to see this as an absolute last resort, however. A cash advance allows you to withdraw cash from your credit card. However, unlike withdrawing from a checking account, this withdrawal comes with its own fees and high interest rates, costing you more than you may like.
How You Can Increase Your Debit Purchase Limit
It’s usually not difficult to get your bank to increase your limits for a one-time situation. But sometimes you find yourself making purchases above your daily limits. In that case, you can ask your bank to permanently raise your debit purchase (and/or ATM withdrawal) limit. This is done at the bank’s discretion and may not be as much of an increase as you would like.
You could also upgrade your account to a more preferred account. The daily ATM withdrawal limits for premium accounts tend to be higher than for basic accounts. For example, Citibank’s regular checking account has a $1,000 daily withdrawal limit and $5,000 daily debit card payment limit. The Citigold account has a $2,000 withdrawal limit and a $10,000 debit card limit. Before upgrading your account, you’ll want to make sure the account fits your lifestyle. The account may have a higher annual fee, account balance minimums or other requirements you may or may not be able to meet.
Every checking account has its own limits for ATM withdrawals and debit purchases. It’s important to be aware of these limits so you don’t find yourself unable to make a purchase or withdrawal when you really need it. If your account limits are too restrictive, you can contact your bank to increase the limit either temporarily or permanently.
Tips for Responsible Banking
- Whenever you have a checking account, you always want to be aware of the fees that come with the account. This includes monthly fees, overdraft fees, minimum balance fees and more. Knowing about the fees will help you avoid any unnecessary costs.
- You also want to avoid overdrafts on your checking account. This is when you make a purchase that you can’t entirely cover with your checking account funds. You’ll face a fee for overdrafts, though there are some checking accounts designed to have a low overdraft fee. You may be able to set up overdraft protection on your checking account.
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