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 info on a Government-issued photo ID from your country or origin. Social Security Number is required for U.S. Citizens1.
You will be asked to set up your username and password for your Alterna Card online account at this time. Your card will arrive by mail within 10 business days. The personalized card must be activated, you must choose a PIN and load with funds before you can use it.
It is easy to load money:
1 Subject to ID Verification. 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 that means for you when you open a Card account, is that 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 your driver’s license or other identifying documents.
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 A Surcharge by ATM owner may apply.
6 Third-Party fees, standard text messaging fees and/or data rate fees may apply.