Access Your Accounts Online
Online Banking is one of the easiest, fastest and most convenient ways to manage your personal accounts, and it's free! Enroll in Online Banking and you'll also be eligible to activate Mobile and Text Banking and receive account statements online!
With Online Banking, you can check balances, view statements, transfer funds and pay your bills online, anytime, anywhere. Set up account alerts, order checks, activate Mobile Banking and more, all in a secure, web-based environment. Choose Read More for details about these features.
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Have questions about signing in? Want to learn how to make a payment or create alerts within Online Banking? Click Read More for answers to common questions, or download our Quick Start Guides to learn how to perform key tasks within the system.
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You'll have access to a detailed Help resource once you're enrolled, too.
Have questions? Call our Customer Service line at 1.800.205.3464. Or, if you're a business client, learn about Business Online Banking instead.
What Internet browser should I use to access Online Banking?
What information do I need to sign in to Online Banking?
You'll need your Online Banking Login ID and password to sign in to Online Banking from www.firstmerchants.com. Both your Login ID and password are case-sensitive, so be sure to use capital letters if necessary.
What page should I bookmark to sign in?
We recommend you bookmark www.firstmerchants.com to take full advantage of our integrated signin box and to access the rest of our online content.
What if I lock myself out of my account?
If you enter your password incorrectly too many times, you may be locked out of your account. To reset your access, please call our Customer Service line at 1.800.205.3464, from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
Can I change my user ID if I want to?
Yes, once you're signed in to Online Banking, you can change your ID under Customer Service > Change User ID. The ID can be changed to any available ID that meets the requirements (8- 32 characters, must include at least 2 letters and 2 numbers, maximum 5 change attempts per day, cannot reuse a user ID, must be different from your password).
How do I sign in to a joint account?
Each account owner should have their own user ID and password for Online Banking.
How do I sign in to other online services, like my credit card or 401k account?
From firstmerchants.com, simply select the correct service from the signin box’s dropdown menu. You’ll be taken to that service’s signin page to begin the login process.
Does my Available Balance include overdraft coverage amounts?
How much account history is available?
Ninety days of transaction history are available when you first sign in to Online Banking; after that, your history will build up to 18 months of transaction history.
Can I see images of my deposits?
Yes, Online Banking allows you to view the front and the back of each deposit ticket.
How do I order checks within Online Banking?
You can reorder checks through Deluxe within the Customer Service tab of Online Banking. Just choose Order Checks and select the appropriate account.
How do I see if a check or deposit has cleared my account within Online Banking?
Once you're signed in to Online Banking, you can view cleared transactions by clicking on the name of the account you'd like to see details for, or by choosing Account Activity under the Accounts tab. The Pay and Transfer tab options enable you to view scheduled, pending, and cleared transactions for a selected account.
What are external transfers?
External transfers enable personal banking customers to transfer funds to or from a deposit account at another institution. Before transfers can take place, you will be required to verify the amount of two small deposits to the external account.
How much can I transfer between accounts via external transfers?
$10,000 per transfer with no more than $25,000 per business day.
What is the cutoff time for transfers between my accounts with First Merchants/Lafayette Bank & Trust?
'Once, now' transfers between your First Merchants accounts will affect your available balance and appear in account history immediately as a pending item. Settlement of the transfer will occur the next business day if the transfer is after 9 p.m. ET or on a non-business day. Scheduled or recurring transfers will be processed and appear the morning of the date scheduled.
What is the cutoff time for transfers to accounts at other institutions?
All transfers received after 9 p.m. ET will be processed on the next business day.
What is Overnight Check Delivery?
If you need to send money or make a payment quickly, consider an Expedited Payment/Overnight Check Delivery. This service within Bill Pay supports payments to both businesses and individuals who do not accept electronic payments. Payment instructions received by 2:00 p.m. will be processed for delivery the next business day. Fees apply.
How do I pay a bill online?
You can use Bill Pay to quickly set up and pay your bills easily and securely; just click on Pay and Transfer > Pay Bills to get started.
To pay your bills online, you simply add the companies and people you want to pay. You can pay anyone in the United States that you would normally pay by check or automatic debit. Even if you do not receive bills from the company or person you want to pay, you can add the information we use to make the payments.
- Add a bill. Tell us who you want to pay by entering a person or business name, clicking Add, and adding the information we use to make your payments. You can also add an electronic bill or eBill from billers that can send them.
- Pay a bill. To pay a bill, find it in your bills list and enter the amount and date for the payment. You can also view your pending and recent payments.
Quick Facts About Paying Your Bills
- You only have to add the companies and people you want to pay once. The company or person remains in your list of bills until you delete the biller.
- You can set up reminders to receive notification when a bill is due, or autopay to pay at regular intervals.
- When you enter a payment amount, Bill Pay automatically displays the earliest date the biller will receive the payment. You can accept this date or change it.
- You can make an expedited payment to some billers by sending a check through an overnight delivery service.
- You can edit or cancel payments (except for expedited payments) until they process.