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Frequently Asked Questions

Opening a new account

Is this a credit card?
No, it's not a credit card. The READY debit Visa Prepaid Card is a great way for you to manage your spending. Unlike a credit card, you load money on your card before you make purchases, so you can choose just how much to spend. Since you're not borrowing money, there are no credit checks, no interest and no late fees!
What's the difference between this and a checking account?
Many people use the READYdebit Visa Prepaid Card as a great alternative to a traditional checking account because of the great features. The main difference between the two is that READYdebit customers use online bill pay to send paper checks to anyone instead of using traditional paper checks.
Where can I use the card?
Everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted, worldwide: at millions of stores, on the internet, at the gas pump, and more.
How do I load money onto the card?
The best way is to sign up for direct deposit. It's free, easy, and saves you money—you'll avoid check cashing fees.  More information on other ways to load money.
Can I withdraw money at an ATM with my READY debit Card?
Absolutely—at any ATM that displays the Visa®, Interlink, Plus®, STAR®, or NYCE® Acceptance Marks. You'll need to enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN) and choose "Checking" for the account type.

Visa    Interlink    Plus    Star    NYCE   
Can I pay bills online?
Yes, our online bill pay service allows you to pay anyone online. If the recipient can't take electronic payments, we'll even print a check and mail it to them.  More information on online bill pay.
Can you send my card to a PO Box?
Unfortunately, we cannot send a card directly to a PO Box. We have to send the card to the physical address on the application form. Your best bet is to put in a forward with the post office from your physical address to your PO Box.
Why do you have to have my Social Security Number?
In compliance with the USA PATRIOT Act, we need to have a valid Social Security number for all cardholders.
What is the difference between the Select and Control Plans?
The Select plan is great if you plan to make many purchases per month. It has a $9.95 monthly fee with no purchase transaction fees.

The Control plan is best if you plan to make a few purchases per month. It has a one-time $4.95 Activation Fee and $1.00 per transaction fee.

Consult the Cardholder Agreement for more details.

Second cardholders can only be added to our Select and Platinum Plan accounts. We need the secondary cardholder's legal name, date of birth and social security number. If you already have a Select or Platinum Plan account, simply call 866.465.1645 M-F 8am-5pm Pacific time. The secondary card is free for the Platinum Plan and has a one time fee of $10 for the Select Plan. Both the primary and secondary cardholders will receive new cards (both cards will be the same color). The monthly fee of $9.95 for the Select Plan will cover both cardholders and both cardholders will have complete access to all of the funds in the account.
Can I pay at the gas pump?
In most cases, yes. When you pay at the pump a merchant may preauthorize the transaction amount up to $125.00 or more and a hold will be placed on the funds in your account until the transaction has cleared your account.  To avoid this $125.00 hold, just pay inside. If the card is declined at the pump, pay the cashier inside.
Can I have my tax refund deposited to my READYdebit Card account?
Yes, just list your routing number and account number in the Refund section of your tax form. Please note that tax refunds must be payable to the cardholder's name.
What is the maximum amount of money I can withdraw in one day?
You can withdraw up to $500 per day using an ATM and $1,000 per day from a bank teller.
What is ChexSystems®?
ChexSystems is a service used by financial institutions to help avoid potential risk by identifying customers who have had accounts closed for cause or bounced checks.

Questions about fees

What are the fees?
Our aim is to keep fees low for our customers. See our complete list of fees and compare.
How do I pay the Activation fee?
You don't need to pay anything now to get your READYdebit Card. We charge the $4.95 Set-up fee to your Control card the first time you load funds to your account. Select card accounts are not charged an Activation Fee.
When will I be charged my Monthly Fee?
Your Monthly Fee for your Select card account is initially charged at the time of your first value load on your Card, and charged on the same day of each subsequent month.
I hear about "hidden" fees on prepaid cards - does READYdebit have any?
None of our fees are "hidden." They are all listed under the Fees and Features tab as well as in our Cardholder Agreement. Before applying for ANY Credit or Debit card, you should read and understand all of this information. That will eliminate any surprises or "hidden fees" as some customers like to call them.

Loading money

How do I load or deposit money onto the card?
The best way is to sign up for direct deposit. It's free, easy, and saves you money—you'll avoid check cashing fees.  More information on other ways to load money.
Can I deposit my tax refund, SSI, Disability or other benefits payments on this account?
Yes, you can deposit your tax refund, SSI and other benefit payments to your READYdebit Card. Please keep in mind your balance cannot exceed $10,000.00 at any time and we can only accept tax refunds in the name of the cardholder.
Can I transfer money from my credit card to my READYdebit Card?
No, you cannot transfer money between a credit card and the READYdebit Card.
What is a card-to-card transfer?
A card-to-card transfer is between two READYdebit Cards.
Does this card accept Wire Transfers, Western Union®, MoneyGram®, PayPal, or ACH transfer?
We DO NOT ACCEPT Wire Transfers, Western Union, or MoneyGram transactions.

We DO ACCEPT PayPal transfers and ACH transfers. These are no cost loading transactions. You should plan on 1-3 business days for us to receive and post the funds. The funds will come out of the transferring account immediately and then travel through the Federal Reserve. Once we receive the funds we will post them to your account.
What's the difference between a "credit" and a "debit" transaction?
When you make a purchase, you'll either need to enter your PIN (merchants call this a "debit" transaction) or sign a receipt (merchants call this a "credit" transaction—even if you use a prepaid card). If you choose "debit," and enter your PIN, some merchants will offer you the chance to get cash back. If you choose "credit," and sign a receipt, your transaction may be covered by The Visa Zero Liability policy.
Can I load money using Green Dot Money Pak®
Money Pak has been replaced by Reload @ the RegisterTM. Just ask the cashier to add cash directly to your card at any register. A reload fee of up to $4.95 applies. Reload and card balance limits apply. Keep your receipt.
What is Reload @ the RegisterTM?
Reload @ the Register is a fast and easy way to reload your card from the convenience of any register at thousands of retailer locations nationwide including ACE Cash Express, CVS/pharmacy, Dollar General, Kmart, Rite Aid, 7-Eleven, Walgreens and Walmart (not available in VT).
Why won't this card accept a Payday Loan? What loans will it accept?
Many short term loan companies, sometimes referred to as payday loans, do not deposit funds to prepaid cards. Their system blocks out the routing number and tells the customer that they have entered an invalid routing number. The customer will have to verify with each loan company prior to completing the application (if possible) to make sure that they will deposit funds to a prepaid card.
Can I have an electronic (ACH) deposit loaded to my card if the deposit isn't in my name?
No, deposits must be in the name of the card holder. Third party deposits will not be accepted.
What is the maximum amount of money I can have on my card at one time?
The total balance of your READYdebit Card account cannot exceed $10,000.00 at any given time. Any attempted loads that would put your account over $10,000.00 will be rejected.

About my account

How do I report a lost or stolen card?
Call 1.866.295.2460 immediately.
How do I check my balance?
Login to our online service center or call us toll free at 866.295.2460. You can also request your balance via text message by sending "bal" to 42265. To learn more and to sign up today visit
Standard Test messaging rates from your wireless service provider may apply.
How do I get my account and routing numbers?
You must have your card number in order to get this information online. If you already have your READYdebit Card click here to get either a Direct Deposit form or account information.
How can I speak with a live person about my account?
To speak with a live representative regarding transactions on your account dial 866.295.2460 and to quickly navigate through the automated phone directory select "1" for English or "2" for Spanish, then press "*" "#" and enter your 16 digit card number. You will then be able to speak with a customer care representative.
What if I forget my PIN or suspect someone else knows it?
It's important that you keep your PIN a secret. Never write it down or share it with anyone. To have a new PIN issued, please call us at 866.295.2460.
How do I change plans?
With READYdebit you can now change your plan at any time. There's no need to change accounts or even get a new card. Just call our customer service group at 866.295.2460 and they'll help you figure out the best plan for you.
Why hasn't my Direct Deposit posted yet?
If you have a missing deposit, please verify your account number and routing number with your employer or benefits provider.
What is this $125.00 charge for gas? I only bought $15.00 worth of gas.
Did you pay at the pump? When you insert your card to the pay at the pump outside the gas station, there is a preauthorization amount up to $125.00 or more put on to your card. If you do not have $125.00 available, then the hold is put on all of the remaining funds. Once the station settles your transaction for the actual amount pumped, the remaining funds are released back to your account. This typically takes a few days. The reason for the hold is that there is no way of knowing how much fuel you will pump. Since this a prepaid card, this feature helps prevent you from overdrawing your account.

To avoid this hold, you can pay inside.
Can I open a READYdebit Card in the name of my business?
No, READYdebit Card accounts are personal accounts, not business accounts.
How do I get my balance via text message?
If you've already signed up text BAL to 42265. To sign up visit for instructions.
Standard Test messaging rates from your wireless service provider may apply.

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*IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT PROCEDURES FOR OPENING A NEW CARD ACCOUNT: To help the government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, federal law requires all financial institutions to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens a Card Account. What this means for you: When you open a Card Account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see a copy of your driver's license or other identifying documents.
The READYdebit Visa Prepaid card is issued by The Bancorp Bank or MetaBank®, Members FDIC, pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and can be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted.
**The Visa Zero Liability policy covers U.S.-issued cards only and does not apply to ATM transactions, PIN transactions not processed by Visa, or certain commercial card transactions. Cardholder must notify issuer promptly of any unauthorized use. Consult issuer for additional details or visit
Although there is no charge for direct deposit and no monthly fee when you use your card, fees apply to the prepaid card. See your Cardholder Agreement for fees, terms and conditions.
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