FAQs on ATMs

Q. 1 What is an Automated Teller Machine (ATM)?

Ans. 1. Automated Teller Machine is a computerised machine that provides the customers the facility of accessing their accounts for dispensing cash and to carry out other financial transactions without actually visiting a Bank branch.

Q. 2. What type of cards can be used at an ATM?

Ans. 2. The ATM cards/debit cards, credit cards and prepaid cards (that permit cash withdrawal) can be used at ATMs for various transactions.

Q. 3. What are the services/facilities available at ATMs?

Ans. 3. In addition to cash dispensing. Your ATMs may have many services/facilities such as:

  • Cash withdrawal
  • Cash / Cheque deposit
  • Balance Enquiry
  • Mini statement
  • Fund Transfer
  • Prepaid Mobile Recharge
  • Postpaid Mobile Payment
  • Verified by VISA transactions

The services offered may vary from bank to bank, or may depend on the capacity of the machine to provide such services.

Q.4. How can one transact at an ATM?

Ans. 4. For transacting at an ATM, the customer insert (Swipe) their card in the ATM and enter their Personal Identification Number (PIN).

Q.5. Can these cards be used at any bank ATM in the country?

Ans. 5. Yes. The cards issued by banks in India are generally enabled for use at any bank ATM within India. However, proprietary Cards issued by Banks may not work on other Bank's ATMs.

Q.6. What is a Personal Identification Number (PIN)?

Ans 6. PIN is the numeric password for use at the ATM. The PIN is separately mailed/handed over to the customer by the bank while issuing the card. This PIN should be reset to a new PIN by the customer, while using it for the FIRST time. The PIN number should not be written on the card, card holder etc. As in such cases the card can be misused if card is lost/stolen.

Q. 7. What should one do if he forgets PIN or the card is sucked in by the ATM?

Ans. 7. The customer may contact the card issuing bank branch and apply for retrieval/issuance of a new card. This procedure is applicable even if the card is sucked in at another bank's ATM.

Q. 8. What should be done if the card is lost / stolen?

Ans. 8. The customer may contact the card issuing bank immediately on noticing the loss so as to enable the bank to block such card.

Q. 9. Is there any minimum and maximum cash withdrawal limit per day?

Ans. 9. Yes, banks set limit for cash withdrawal by customers. The cash withdrawal limit for use at Dena bank's ATMs by Dena Bank customers is Rs.20,000/- per day. However, customers having International Gold Debit Card can withdraw upto Rs.50,000/-. This limit is displayed at the respective ATM locations.

For cash withdrawals at other bank ATMs, banks have decided to maintain a limit of Rs 10,000/- per transaction. This information is displayed at the ATM location.

Q. 10. Do banks levy any service charge for use of other bank ATMs?

Ans.10. No charges are payable for using other banks' ATM for cash withdrawal and balance enquiry by Saving Bank customers upto 5 transactions per month (w.e.f.15/10/2009). For transactions beyond this maximum number, banks charge a maximum of Rs 20/- per transaction.

Q. 11. What should be done in case during the cash withdrawal process, cash is not disbursed but the account gets debited for the amount?

Ans.11. The customer may lodge a complaint with the card issuing bank. This process is applicable even if the transaction was carried out at another banks ATM.

Q.12. How many days maximum would the bank require to re-credit the account for such wrong debits?

Ans.12. As per the RBI instructions, banks may re-credit such wrongly debited amounts within a maximum period of 7 working days from the date of complaint.

Q.13 . Are the customers eligible for compensation for delays beyond 7 working days?

Ans.13. Yes. Effective from July 17, 2009, banks shall have to pay customers Rs 100/- per day for delays beyond 7 working days from date of complaint. This shall have to be credited to the account of the customer without any claim being made by the customer.

Q.14. In case the compensation is not credited as mandated, what recourse does the customer have?

Ans. 14. For all such complaints customer may lodge a complaint with the local Banking Ombudsman, if the bank does not respond.