No Social Security Number is required for Non-U.S. Citizens. You will be required to present a government-issued photo ID from your country of origin. U.S. Citizens must provide a Social Security Number1.
The Alterna card allows the cardholders to transfer money instantly2 via card to card to Family and Friends in Mexico and Nicaragua3 and to share money with other Alterna cardholders. Transfer up to $1,000 a day to Mexico for a $6.00 Fee and to Nicaragua for a $5.00 Fee2, 4. Share up to $500 per transaction with other Alterna cardholders for a $1.75 fee.
Once you receive your card in the mail, you must activate it before
you can use it. Activation is quick and easy:
If you are a Non- U.S. Citizen1, no Social Security Number is required. You can enroll by providing a Government-issued photo ID from your country or origin. Social Security Number is required for U.S. Citizens1.
At the time of enrollment, you will be asked to set up your username and password for online access to your Alterna Card account. Your card will arrive by mail within 5 to 7 business days. Once you receive your card, you can go online to activate it and select your PIN. Now your card will be ready to be loaded with funds before you can use it.
It is easy to load money:
1 Important information for opening a card account: To help the federal government fight the funding of terrorism and money laundering activities, the USA PATRIOT Act requires all financial institutions and their third parties to obtain, verify, and record information that identifies each person who opens a card account. What this means for you: When you open a card account, we will ask for your name, address, date of birth, and other information that will allow us to identify you. We may also ask to see a copy of your driver’s license or other documents at any time. We may limit your ability to use your Card or certain Card features until we have been able to successfully verify your identity.
2 Receipt of funds is contingent upon connectivity and an approved Card issued by the recipient’s bank.
3 MetaBank is not affiliated with, nor does it endorse, the recipient’s bank or the card issued by the recipient’s bank.
4 The government of the local bank’s country may impose lower limits.
5 When you use an ATM, you may be charged an additional fee by the ATM operator or any Network used to complete the transaction (and you may be charged a fee for a balance inquiry even if you do not complete the transaction).
6 Third-Party fees, standard text messaging fees and/or data rate fees may apply.
7 While this feature is available at no cost to you, certain other transaction fees and costs, limitations, terms and conditions are associated with the use of this Card. For more details, see the Cardholder Agreement.