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Ever wonder why maximum ATM withdrawal limits exist?

The reason is that it is not uncommon for crooks to target ATM users who have just taken out cash. Therefore, ATM maximum cash withdrawal limits reduce potential losses by theft.

The monthly and daily ATM withdrawal limits per individual can vary greatly by the bank and by the account. Two people with the same bank and same checking account can have different ATM withdrawal limits. Typically, the amount is about $1,000 or less per business day.

Daily ATM Withdrawal Limits For Top Banks

BankDaily ATM Withdrawal Limit
Chase$3,000*
Bank of America$1,000
Citibank$1,000*
Wells Fargo$500
U.S. Bank$500
Capital One$1,000
PNC Bank$500-$2,000*
TD Bank$750-$1,000*
BB&T$500-$1,500*
SunTrust$500-$2,500*
Ally Bank$1,000
Regions Bank$800
M&T Bank$500
BBVA Compass$600-$1000*
Santander$1000
BMO Harris Bank$500*
HSBC Bank$500-$1000*
Huntington National Bank$400
*Depending on account

Normally, you can visit the bank teller to withdraw a large sum of money. But, what do you do when the bank is closed for the night? Or, what if you use an online bank and your only way to withdraw cash is through ATMs?

Quick answer: Call the bank for a higher ATM withdrawal limits or use your debit card to retreive cash back through certain merchants.

Learn how you can bypass daily ATM withdrawal limits if you need more cash:

Increase Your ATM Cash Limit By Calling Your Bank

The bank can temporarily or permanently increase your daily ATM withdrawal limit if you request it. However, don’t expect significant increases in your withdrawal limit — the increase may only be several hundred dollars.

Your daily limits on ATM cash withdrawals may also be increased with a higher-tier bank account. For instance, if you have a premium checking account with your bank, the card limits are likely to be higher.

Get Cash Back on Purchases

After exhausting the withdrawal maximum at the ATM, you can also use your debit card to get more cash. Certain merchants, usually supermarkets and convenience stores, allow shoppers to get cash back when they pay with a debit card.

The cashier will charge the requested cash back amount in addition to the items purchases, and hand you the cash. For instance, if you buy $15 worth of groceries and ask for $20 in cash back, the cashier will charge $35 to your debit card and give you $20 in cash.

Each store may have a limit on how much cash back you can get. However, you can just go to another store and get more cash back.

Note that the cash back will fall under the debit card’s daily purchase limit, which is usually much higher than the daily ATM withdrawal limit.

Debit Card Purchases Have Daily Limits, Too

Debit cards can be used to withdraw cash at an ATM and they can be used to make purchases. Again, fraudsters can use stolen debit cards to empty a bank account or perform a large number of unauthorized purchases.

However, the daily limits for these two types of transactions are different. The daily limits for debit card purchases tend to be significantly higher.

Like with ATM cash withdrawal limits, daily debit card purchase limits can also be increased temporarily or permanently by contacting your bank.

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  • gg

    Or you can go to the atm at 11:58pm get your money and at 12:00am is consider as another business day you swipe your card again and there you go!!

    • Simon Zhen

      On paper, that should be the case, but it might not work out as smoothly in an actual experience. A bank’s computer systems may take more than a few minutes to update and reflect the reset ATM withdrawal limit.

      Furthermore, I’d highly advise against anyone hanging out at an ATM for too late during the late hours of the night, for safety concerns.

      • T

        Really??!! Bank transactions are legally required to take last than 15 seconds to post. Don’t hang around an Atm got safety ??? Maybe not where you live ha

  • Chris James

    I’ve done that before to withdraw 2 grand since my limit is only 1,000.

    I don’t worry about getting robbed since I always carry a gun on me.

  • bar

    Most banks or credit union have a set limit on ALL ATM and Debit cards. So calling or contacting them wont do much good.

    • Simon Zhen

      Every bank and credit union will have its own policies that govern customer ATM withdrawal limits. But, to my knowledge, many financial institutions are willing to provide at least temporary limit increases (usually a 24-hour window) when a customer asks for it.

      • Douglas Jackson

        My bank’s was 500 I told them I wanted more they said how much I told them 1,000 would be good they did it right on the phone and it was not just temporary but it would depend on how your relationship is with the bank.

      • Junior Mintz

        Correct. My Credit Union increased mine to $3800 so I could buy furniture while visiting another city which didn’t take checks. It processed right through after I contacted them, and it only took about 10 minutes. Thank you America’s First Federal Credit Union, you are the BEST!

  • David

    This was some of the most useful information I have read lately…really. I needed $1,200 in cash for a purchase on a Saturday. I only found out on Friday afternoon from the seller that she would only take cash and not a personal check. After reading the post by Mr. Zhen, I called my bank in Chicago and the immediately said they would increase the limit temporarily to as much $2,500. Who would have known these details otherwise? There are so many ‘hidden’ regulations in this world!

    • Sometimes, all you have to do is ask. Also, many other bank customers don’t bother to take a few minutes to look it up as you did. Glad this information was helpful to you.

  • Double Negative Detector

    There’s a double negative that made me cringe: “it is not uncommon for crooks to target ATM users who have just taken out cash.” It should say “it is common for crooks…”.

    Other than that wording hiccup, good article. Interesting variances on the limits across the banks.

    • Atri.US

      It not uncommon doesn’t necessarily mean it is common. It means you don’t want to make a conclusive judgement on the frequency of the incidents but you are sure that it is not rare.