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Debit Card Information & FAQs

A debit card1 makes shopping and traveling easier. It works like a check and gives you 24-hour worldwide access to your checking funds at merchants and ATMs.

Use your debit card for purchases & payments

  • Use your debit card for shopping and payment of services
  • Select “credit” and your purchase is handled by Mastercard®
  • Or, select “debit” and enter your Personal Identification Number (PIN) in the merchant’s keypad. You can add “cash back” to your purchase at many stores
  • Set up recurring payments from checking for services such as gym memberships and utilities. Just provide your debit card information
  • Use with digital wallets for secure and easy payments

Use your debit card at ATMs anywhere & save on fees

  • Get cash free of any ATM fees at VACU ATMs and at ATMs in all Wawa® and Sheetz® stores in Virginia. Use the Branch & ATM locator.
  • Enjoy 4 free checking withdrawals per month at non-VACU ATMs with no network ATM fees from VACU (Other ATM owners may have a fee).
  • You can also get up to $8 per month in rebates for ATM fees assessed by other ATM owners if you have either a qualifying direct deposit or 15 debit card purchase transactions that month.2 See our ATM FAQs for details.

If your debit card is lost or stolen, turn it off in the Manage Your Card section of Online Banking and report it by calling Cardholder Services toll-free 24-hours a day, 7 days a week:

  • Debit Card: 866-820-8785
  • Debit Plus Card: 866-820-1062

To activate your debit card, call 866-985-2273


How to request a debit card

If you have a Virginia Credit Union checking account and are at least 15 years old, just call Member Services at 804-323-6800 or 800-285-6609, send a secure message within online or mobile banking or visit a VACU branch to request a debit card. We can also help you open a checking account if you don't have one.


FAQs

  • 1 Debit card purchase transactions are those for which you use your debit card to pay for things from your checking account. They must be posted to the same checking account in the same calendar month in which the ATM fees were incurred.
  • 2 A qualifying direct deposit is an electronic deposit of your salary, retirement or other regular monthly income totaling $100 or more, posted to the same checking account in the same calendar month in which the ATM fees were incurred.

Can I choose my own debit card PIN?

There are two ways to choose your PIN:

  • By calling 866-985-2273
  • By using Virginia Credit Union ATMs. Access the ATM using your card and current PIN, choose “More Selections” on the ATM screen and follow the prompts to select your new PIN.

What’s the difference between the “debit” and the “credit” options?

  • Choose the "credit" option on the merchant's keypad and your purchase is processed through the Mastercard/Maestro network. The amount still comes out of your checking account, but you don't have to enter your PIN.
  • Select the "debit" or "ATM" option on the merchant's keypad and you’ll be prompted for your 4-digit PIN. The transaction is processed through the ATM network. Use this option to get cash back with your purchase.

Is there a spending limit on my debit card?

Yes, there is a $500 daily cash withdrawal limit and $1,000 daily limit on point of sale purchases. There is also a $10,000 daily limit and a daily limit of 20 transactions on signature based transactions.

How can I qualify for rebates on ATM fees charged by other ATMs?

To receive rebates up to $8 per month, just be sure to withdraw from your checking account with your debit card and have either a qualifying direct deposit or 15 debit card purchase transactions that month3.  For more information, see our ATM FAQs.

  • 3 A qualifying direct deposit is an electronic deposit of your salary, retirement or other regular monthly income totaling $100 or more posted to the same checking account in the same calendar month in which the ATM fees were incurred.  Debit card purchase transactions are those for which you use your debit card to pay for things from your checking account. They must be posted to the same checking account in the same calendar month in which the ATM fees were incurred.

When are debit card transactions deducted from my account?

  • Transactions using your 4-digit PIN are deducted immediately.
  • Amounts authorized for non-PIN transactions will immediately reduce your checking account balance that is available for your next transaction. Then these items are posted to your account and deducted from your current balance within a few days, when VACU receives the final transaction amounts.

What is a pending debit card transaction?

This is a transaction that has been submitted by a merchant for authorization but has not yet been posted to your account and deducted from your current balance. Please remember that when you initiate a transaction at a merchant and we authorize it, we will immediately reduce your balance that is available for your next transaction.

Why was just $1 for a gas purchase deducted from my available balance when the actual purchase was for a lot more?

Some gas stations submit amounts for card authorizations that are less or more than the final purchase amount. As with other debit card purchases, you are responsible for having the necessary funds in your account when the final transaction comes through.

I used my debit card to pay at the pump for gas. Why was there an additional hold on my account?

Some pay-at-the pump gas stations may submit a larger initial amount for authorization, such as $75 or $100, to see if you have funds to pay for a fill-up. Those pre-authorizations may result in an additional temporary hold on your account that could be for a few hours or even several days. If you’re concerned that a merchant may submit a larger authorization hold amount on your checking account than you’re comfortable with:

  • Rather than pay at the pump, you could go inside and pay in advance for a fixed dollar amount to be authorized, such as $30 worth of gas.
  • You may wish to pay with a credit card instead of a debit card.
  • Pay with cash.

What happens if I use my debit card & I don’t have enough money in my account?

If you don’t have the available funds for the amount authorized, your transaction may be declined. You may avoid this by signing up for Overdraft Protection transfers from savings or a line of credit, and/or you may authorize VACU to consider paying overdrafts on ATM & debit card transactions. Please be aware that fees apply for Overdraft Protection transfers & if you have authorized VACU to consider paying ATM & debit card overdrafts.

What if my debit card is lost or stolen?

Turn your card off in the Manage Your Card section of Online Banking and call Cardholder Services toll-free 24-hours a day, 7 days a week to report it:

  • Debit Card: 866-820-8785
  • Debit Plus Card: 866-820-1062

The Electronic Funds Transfer Disclosure you received with your card has complete details. Safeguard your PIN. Don't keep it in your wallet, checkbook, or anywhere else near your debit card.

If there is an error or suspicious transaction involving a debit card transaction, how do I report it?

Call Cardholder Services toll-free 24 hours a day at 866-820-8785. A representative will take your report and mail you the necessary forms to complete and return. In the case of merchant errors, it may also be possible for you to correct the error by contacting the merchant directly.