Many banks have limits on how much you can withdraw from an ATM in a single transaction and in a single day. You can often call your bank to request a larger limit if you need to withdraw more funds.
Many banks limit how much you can withdraw from an ATM in a single transaction when using an account from that bank. Many ATMs also limit how much you can withdraw in a single transaction. Naturally, you can never withdraw more cash from an ATM than that ATM contains. Often the limit is in the hundreds of dollars, though it varies from bank to bank and account type to account type.
Check your bank's website or mobile app, give your bank a call or drop by a bank branch to ask how much you can withdraw in a single ATM transaction.
Banks also often limit how much you can withdraw from an ATM in a single day, even if you space your withdrawals over multiple transactions. This can be annoying if you need a large amount of cash for any reason, but it can be useful if your card is stolen or compromised, since it limits how much someone can attempt to steal from your account.
Check with your bank to see if there is a per-day ATM withdrawal limit and how much that limit is.
Getting Around the Limits
While banks may limit how much you can withdraw from an ATM, they may be willing to grant exceptions if you give their customer service line a call or drop by a bank branch to explain the circumstances.
Often you can also make more frequent debit card purchases or incur larger amounts in debit card purchases per day than the amount of cash you can withdraw using an ATM, so if you are able to replace cash transactions with debit card purchases, this may be a viable alternative. You can also often write checks for more than you can withdraw from an ATM, send more money using digital services such as PayPal and Venmo or withdraw more in person than you can using a machine.
If you have multiple checking accounts, you can also make withdrawals from each of them to increase the amount of cash to which you have access in a single day. You can also take out cash advances from credit cards, though this will generally require you to pay interest and fees.
Steven Melendez is an independent journalist with a background in technology and business. He has written for a variety of business publications including Fast Company, the Wall Street Journal, Innovation Leader and Ad Age. He was awarded the Knight Foundation scholarship to Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.