Attention personal checking customers: If your accounts are not protected with Overdraft Protection Transfers or a Ready Reserve Line of Credit, then when you use your debit card without sufficient funds in your account, that transaction will be declined.
You may avoid this situation ONLY if you authorize us to pay these type of transactions. Your authorization is called  “Opting In.” Opting In must be authorized by you and may be withdrawn by you at any time
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This notice explains First Merchants' overdraft practice

What is the standard overdraft practice that comes with my account?

We may authorize and pay overdrafts for the following types of transactions:

  • Checks and other transactions made using your checking account number
  • Automatic bill payments

We do not authorize and pay overdrafts for the following types of transactions unless you request to "Opt In" (see below):

  • ATM transactions
  • Everyday debit card transactions

First Merchants’ overdraft practice:

We pay overdrafts at our discretion, which means we do not guarantee that we will always authorize and pay any type of transaction.

What fees will I be charged if First Merchants Bank pays my overdraft?

Under our overdraft practice:

  • We will charge you a fee of up to $37 each time we pay an overdraft or return an item, with a limit of six charges per day.
  • Also, beginning on the fourth business day your account is overdrawn, an $8 fee may be charged each business day your account remains overdrawn. This charge is in addition to any Overdraft Item Fees or Returned Item Fees assessed. These fees will affect your account balance.
  • The $37 overdraft fee is not charged if the overdraft is $5 or less.
  • Check your available balance regularly to avoid overdraft situations and/or to determine if you are in an overdraft status.

How does First Merchants Bank post items to my account?

  1. Deposits are credited to your account prior to posting any withdrawal.
  2. The next items that we post are ATM withdrawals, debit card transactions*, and any checks cashed by our employees or that you have written to us, in the order in which they are received.
  3. We then post any items that were submitted electronically, such as ACH items, preauthorized automatic transfers, telephone-initiated transfers and any other electronic transfers, in the order in which they are received.
  4. Finally, we pay the remaining items based on check number order.

*The amount of a debit card transaction is removed from your available balance in order to cover the transaction. This available balance is used to determine if you are in an overdraft status. There can be a delay of one or more business days before the transaction is actually presented to us for settlement. Therefore, there may be a short delay when the transaction actually appears on your statement.

What if I want First Merchants Bank to authorize and pay overdrafts on my ATM and everyday debit card transactions?

If you want us to authorize and pay overdrafts on ATM and everyday debit card transactions, you must contact us in order to Opt In. This choice may be changed at any time by you. If you still have questions please contact us at 1.800.205.3464.

  • Call: 1.800.205.3464 7 a.m.-8 p.m. ET M-F, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. ET Saturday
  • Click: Send a secure message within our Online Banking system
  • Visit: any banking center to authorize this service
First Merchants refers to all bank divisions within our company: First Merchants Bank and Lafayette Bank & Trust.