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Merrill Lynch Access®

Your Money Works Harder with Deferred Debit

Purchases made with your Access card are automatically deducted from your Cash Management Account® at the end of each month. That means you have the opportunity for your money to still earn interest or dividends. Plus, because the Merrill Lynch Access® card is integrated with your account, there's no need for a separate statement or bill.

Flexibility, Convenience, and Control

The Merrill Lynch Access card is accepted at over 25 million stores, restaurants and service outlets worldwide and enables you to retrieve cash at over 1 million ATMs worldwide. Plus, ATM fees are waived at Bank of America ATMs1. In addition, you receive built-in security features like $500,000 of worldwide travel accident insurance and spend management tools, including a year-end summary of transactions.

1Applies to ATM surcharges only. Foreign exchange and cash advance fees may still apply.

Security Protection     Travel Protection     Where to Go if
There's a Problem

Our security promise to you

Merrill Lynch leads the way in addressing security and privacy concerns. Our financial services provide multiple layers of protection that include leading technology to protect your information on our computer systems, ongoing fraud monitoring to detect any unusual activity in your accounts, and responding quickly in an integrated manner to any reports of theft or fraud.

Your Merrill Lynch Card provides the complete protection you need. We not only take a determined approach in protecting you, but provide information to help you protect yourself and steps to take if you suspect there's a problem.

Merrill Lynch shares responsibility for protecting your privacy and personal information on our computer systems and we encourage you to protect yourself at home, at work - everywhere you go.

Zero Liability Protection

Visa's Zero Liability policy means 100% protection from unauthorized purchases regardless of where the transaction was made - at a store, on the Internet, by phone or by mail. Should someone steal the card number while you're shopping, online or off, you will pay nothing for the fraudulent activity.

Early Fraud Monitoring

Designed to identify potential fraud if unusual or abnormal spending patterns are detected. Fraud monitoring reviews how and where the card is used.

Warranty Manager Service1

When you use your MERRILL+ Card, we automatically double the free repair period under the original manufacturer's written U.S. repair warranty (up to one additional year on eligible warranties of three years or less). Coverage is provided for up to $10,000 per claim. For more information, call 1.800.VISA.911 (847.2911).

1 Certain terms, conditions and exclusions apply.

Purchase Security1

Purchase an item with your MERRILL+ Card, and within the first 90 days, replacement, repair or reimbursement is available in the event of theft or damage caused by fire, vandalism, accidentally discharged water and certain weather conditions. The maximum claim limit is $500 for eligible items of personal property. For more information, call 800.VISA.911 (847.2911).

1 Certain terms, conditions and exclusions apply.

AlertSelect® Credit Monitoring

For a discounted rate of $12.95 per month, MERRILL+ Cardholders can enroll in AlertSelect Credit Monitoring, which helps safeguard your financial life and experience peace of mind by detecting - and protecting against - identity theft, fraud, and unusual account activity. You will also receive ID Theft Insurance Coverage for up to $25,000 ($10,000 for New York State residents) per occurrence, to cover administrative and legal expenses. Visit or call (800) MERRILL and say "Credit Monitoring" to enroll.

Let us know when you're traveling

Unusual events that don't fit your profile such as transactions occurring in several countries in short succession may trigger a fraud alert. So please advise us of your travel dates and locations; it will reduce the chance that you will experience an interruption in service. Just call us at 1.800.MERRILL (637.7455) or contact your Financial Advisor.

3-Digit Code

On the back of your Merrill Lynch Visa® card you'll find a special 3-digit code (also called Cardholder Verification Value or CVV2) that you may be asked to provide if you're making a transaction online or on the phone. This safeguard measure ensures that you physically have your credit card with you and, in the event someone has stolen your card number (but not your actual physical card), they can't make any purchases.

Travel Accident Insurance1

You and your family are automatically covered up to $500,000 for accidents while traveling on a common carrier.

1 Certain terms, conditions and exclusions apply.

Lost Luggage Reimbursement1

If you lose your carry on or checked luggage while traveling, we'll reimburse you up to $1,250. To qualify, simply fly on any major airline and pay with your Merrill Lynch Access card.

1 Certain terms, conditions and exclusions apply.

Auto Rental Collision Damage Waiver1

You are covered for damage due to collision or theft up to the actual cash value of most rental cars when certain terms and conditions are met. Coverage is provided to the cardholder and other authorized drivers permitted by the rental contract. For details, call 1.800.VISA.911 (847.2911).

1 Certain terms, conditions and exclusions apply.

Hotel/Motel Burglary Coverage1

When you pay for a hotel or motel room located in the U.S. or Canada using your Merrill Lynch Access card, you're eligible to receive up to $1,000 in reimbursement in the event that personal property is stolen from your room.

1 Certain terms, conditions and exclusions apply.

Travel Tips

Traveler's Checklist
What to Do Before Going Abroad

  • Photocopy your passport and driver's license and keep these separate from your travel documents. Photocopy the reverse side of your credit and debit cards, black out the card numbers, and record the card numbers to keep separately from the copies in a safe location. Give copies of everything to someone you can contact in case you need the information.
  • Research passport and visa requirements, health and airline regulations and consulate locations.
  • Make a list of all pertinent contact information, such as phone numbers for travel cancellations and car rentals. Include Merrill Lynch overseas contact numbers for lost or stolen cards, travel insurance benefits and customer service.
  • Contact Merrill Lynch before you leave to advise of upcoming travel plans; this will help ensure your foreign charge transactions are accepted. Once overseas, should your charge be declined, call Merrill Lynch collect via the international operator. Telephone numbers are listed on the back of your card. Collect calls from hotels may incur a significant service charge, so consider using a pay phone.
  • Convert your PIN to a four-digit number, as most foreign ATMs will not respond to PINs that are longer.
  • Call Merrill Lynch to find out if charges on your credit or debit card will incur a foreign exchange transaction fee while you're abroad.
  • Review all travel insurance terms and conditions carefully.

Reporting an Incident

If you suspect identity theft or fraud, it's important to act quickly so your financial institutions and law enforcement officials can respond accordingly. Please review the following steps to report an incident:

Step 1: Contact Merrill Lynch and other financial institutions.

  • For Merrill Lynch, please call us at 1.800.MERRILL (637.7455) or contact your Financial Advisor.
  • For other financial institutions, call your standard customer service number and ask to speak to the security and fraud department.
  • They will take down your information over the phone. Also, make sure you request a fraud dispute form. It is critical you report identity theft and fraud in writing.
  • Keep a log of all your calls, with whom you spoke and in what department (including the date and time of the call).
  • When the matter is resolved, ask your financial institution to send you a letter stating that your account has been closed and discharged.

Step 2: Notify your other financial institutions.

  • It is recommended that you make your other financial institutions aware of your identity theft, in case your problem is more widespread than you originally thought.

Step 3: Contact the three credit bureaus.

  • Contact each of the three credit reporting agencies to place a fraud alert:
    • Equifax: 1.800.525.6285 or
    • Experian: 1.888.397.3742 or
    • TransUnion: 1.800.680.7289 or

Step 4: Notify the authorities about the theft/fraud.

  • File a police report where you suspect the identity theft/fraud occurred.
  • Ask to file a "miscellaneous incident" report. It is critical that you either obtain a copy of this report or get a copy of the report's number.
  • File a report with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), a government agency charged with protecting consumers. The FTC can share your theft report with law enforcement agencies for investigation purposes.

  • Federal Trade Commission (consumer complaints):
    1.877.ID.THEFT (438.4338) or

  • If your complaint is related to telemarketing fraud, contact your State Attorney General to report it.

Emergency Card Replacement

If you are alerted of a problem, or in the event of a lost card, we can have a new card in your hand within 24 hours. And, in most cases, we can also send emergency cash to you. Please call us at 1.800.MERRILL (637.7455) or contact your Financial Advisor.

 Please contact us at: 1.800.MERRILL (637.7455)

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Application Process

Product Details


ATM Transactions

Account Services

Application Process

Do you have to be a Merrill Lynch client to apply for the Merrill Lynch Access card?

Yes. The Merrill Lynch Access card debits your monthly purchases from a Cash Management Account® (CMA), it can only be offered to Merrill Lynch clients maintaining this account.

How long will it take me to receive the Merrill Lynch Access card once I'm approved?

Merrill Lynch clients should expect to receive their card within 5 to 7 business days of request.

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Product Details

Is there a spending limit on the Merrill Lynch Access card?

There is no pre-set spending limit on the Merrill Lynch Access card. Spending is based on the "purchasing power" in your CMA account. In general, "purchasing power" is the total of your cash, money account balances and available margin (if applicable).

When are charges deducted from my account?

Charges are debited the Wednesday before the last Friday of each month. The entire amount of the charges posted will be debited immediately if the sum of your Visa card purchases exceed $100,000 during any monthly cycle.

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ATM Transactions

Can I withdraw cash from ATMs using the Merrill Lynch Access Card?

Yes. Merrill Lynch customers can benefit from the nation's largest network of bank-owned ATMs, and use their Merrill Lynch credit, debit, or deferred debit cards to take cash advances or make cash withdrawals from their Merrill Lynch accounts at any Bank of America ATM with no ATM fee.1Bank of America has more than 18,000 ATMs nationwide. This benefit applies to all Merrill Lynch-issued /branded credit, debit, and deferred debit cards.

What is the maximum amount of money I can withdraw from an ATM machine?

The daily withdrawal limit for the Merrill Lynch Access card is $2,500.

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Account Services

Who can I call if I have a question about my account?

Call 1.800.MERRILL (637.7455) for Merrill Lynch Access account services. If your card is lost or stolen, please call 1.800.262.LOST (5678) immediately.

Can Visa card activity be viewed online?

Yes, please log on to to view card activity.

1Applies to ATM surcharges only. Foreign exchange and cash advance fees may still apply.

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