Frequently Asked Questions about the Maine Automated Payment Card

The Maine Automated Payment Card (MAP) is a safe and secure method for payment of weekly Unemployment Insurance benefits. It can be used to get cash from an ATM or bank. It can also be used to make purchases the same way you would use a debit card.

1. Do I have a choice how I receive Unemployment Insurance benefits?

Yes, you have a choice of direct deposit into your personal checking or savings account or Maine Automated Payment card. There are very few differences between the MAP card and direct deposit. In both cases, your Unemployment Insurance benefit payment is electronically added to your account.

2. While collecting Unemployment Insurance benefits can I still get a check?

No, the Maine Department of Labor will no longer issue checks once statewide implementation of Maine Automated Payment Card is complete.  Federal Additional Compensation (FAC) payments for direct deposit accounts will continue to be mailed separately. FAC payments will be automatically deposited to MAP card accounts along with the regular weekly payment.

3. How do I get the new Maine Automated Payment Card (MAP card)?

  • You must be eligible to receive unemployment benefits to receive the new Maine Automated Payment Card.
  • When filing your claim, you will have the option to receive your benefits via direct deposit or Maine Automated Payment Card (MAP). If you do not select Direct deposit you will automatically receive the MAP card.
  • Your card will be sent to you in the mail, after you receive the notice that you are monetarily eligible for unemployment benefits.
  • You may use your card only after benefits have been deposited in your account.

4. When the card is sent in the mail, what does the envelope look like?

In order to protect you from potential card theft, your card will arrive in a white windowed envelope that does not display the Department of Labor /Unemployment Insurance name or logo.

5. Can I choose the Maine Automated Payment (MAP) Card if I now have direct deposit?

Yes, by contacting the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 1-800-593-7660.

6. When will benefits be deposited in my account?

Generally, benefits will be deposited within 48 hours of approval by the Department of Labor The Dept of Labor approves payments Monday through Friday. You should always check your balance before using the card. You may conduct balance inquiries free of charge at Key Bank, Allpoint and Chase ATM’s, through the convenience of Internet access at www.myaccount.chase.com OR you can call Chase Customer Service toll-free number 1-866-315-1011.

7. How do I activate my MAP card?

You cannot use the MAP card until it has been activated. You should activate your card immediately after you receive it by calling Chase Customer Service toll-free number (1-866-315-1011) and selecting a 4-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) and a 6-digit access code, as instructed when you receive your card in the mail. For security reasons, it is important that you pick a PIN that only you would know. Do not share your PIN or the card with anyone. You should never write your PIN on your card.

8. Will the total credits of my claim be on my card when I receive it?

No, just weekly payments authorized by the Maine Department of Labor will be added to your Maine Automated Payment Card.

9. What is the difference between a four-digit PIN and a six-digit Access code?

Your PIN is a four-digit number that you enter on the keypad at ATMs and retail locations. Your access code is a six-digit number that you enter when you call Chase Customer Service. You must select both numbers when you call to activate your card.

10. How do I use my Maine Automated Payment Card to get cash at an ATM or Bank?

  • Always know your balance so that you will not be charged an ATM denial fee.
  • Use your one free cash withdrawal (per deposit—usually one per week) at participating bank ATMs or any Visa Member bank teller window.
  • Take your Maine Automated Payment Card to your personal bank and ask that the balance be transferred to your personal checking or savings account (make sure your bank is a Visa bank to ensure you don't incur a fee).
  • Chase Customer Service toll-free number (1-866-315-1011) is available to answer your questions and obtain your account balance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Chase will provide you free monthly statements at www.myaccount.chase.com to help you track your transactions and know your balance. A monthly statement is available by mail for a $0.75 fee each month.
  • Avoid using ATMs that are not participating in the program.
  • At Point-of-Sale (POS) transaction, ask for "credit" and sign for the transaction.

11. How do I use my Maine Automated Payment Card to make purchases?

  • Simply present your card when paying.
  • The money is automatically deducted from your account.
  • You may also ask for cash back with your purchase at many merchant locations.

Please note: When you are using the Maine Automated Payment Card at a Point-of-Sale (POS) machine and if you select "credit" and sign for the transaction it will be free. If you select "debit" and enter your 4 digit PIN you will be charged $.25 for the transaction.

12. Where can I use my Visa Electronic Payment Card to make purchases?

You can use your Maine Automated Payment Card anywhere you see the Visa Logo displayed. You can not use the Maine Automated Payment card “at the pump” at any gas station. You must go inside and pre-pay the amount of your intended purchase.

13. Can I transfer the money on my Maine Automated Payment Card to my personal checking or savings account?

Yes, as long as the bank where you keep your personal checking or savings account is a Visa Member bank you will be allowed to withdraw from the Maine Automated Payment Card and physically deposit into your personal Checking or Savings Account.

  • Take your card to your bank teller window and explain that you want to transfer money from the Maine Automated Payment Card to your personal checking or savings account.
  • This process counts as a withdrawal.
  • If your bank usually charges you a fee for making deposits in your account, you will still be charged that fee. If a teller doesn't recognize the card, you should verify that you are at a bank that accepts VISA and then call Chase Customer Service at 1-866-315-1011 and report the bank location.

14. Will I be able to add other funds to my card, in addition to what the Unemployment Insurance puts on it?

No. Only the state can deposit funds to the card.

15.  How much money can I withdraw from an ATM?

You may withdraw up to the balance available in your Maine Automated Payment Card account or the maximum amount allowed by the ATM.

16. What is an ATM surcharge?

A surcharge is a fee charged by the bank or entity that owns the ATM. This fee is not charged by Key Bank, Allpoint and Chase ATMs. A surcharge fee is in addition to possible transaction fees you may be charged. To avoid this fee, make all of your withdrawals from surcharge-free ATMs (i.e.Key Bank, Allpoint and Chase).

17. What is the difference between a transaction fee and a surcharge fee?

A transaction fee is a cost you may incur when using the card. You can make one ATM cash withdrawal for each benefit deposit at any ATM location without having to pay a transaction fee.

A surcharge is an additional fee that may be charged by the owner of an ATM. You will never have to pay a surcharge if you use a Key Bank, Allpoint or Chase ATM.

18. How do I avoid paying fees?

  • Always know your balance so that you will not be charged an ATM denial fee.
  • Use your one free cash withdrawal (per deposit—usually one per week) at participating bank ATMs or any Visa Member bank teller window.
  • Take your Maine Automated Payment Card to your personal bank and ask that the balance be transferred to your personal checking or savings account (make sure your bank is a Visa bank to ensure you don't incur a fee).
  • Chase Customer Service toll-free number (1-866-315-1011) is available to answer your questions and obtain your account balance 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Chase will provide you free monthly statements at www.myaccount.chase.com to help you track your transactions and know your balance. A monthly statement is available by mail for a $0.75 fee each month.
  • Avoid using ATMs that are not participating in the program.
  • At Point-of-Sale (POS) transaction, ask for "credit" and sign for the transaction.

19. What if my Maine Automated Payment Card doesn't work?

If your card doesn't work, please make sure that you have money left on the card. If you card is denied because of insufficient funds you will be charged a$1.00 fee. The ATM may be out of service or may not be on the network that accepts the card. Reminder: You may use your card surcharge-free at all Key Bank, Allpoint and Chase ATMs.

20. What is an ATM denial?

An ATM denial occurs when you try to withdraw more money than you have available in your account. It is important to keep track of your balance. You may check your balance by:

Please Note: An incorrect PIN entry is not an ATM denial. An ATM denial will charge a transaction fee of $1.00. An ATM Inquiry to check your balance is free.

21. How do I know if my ATM is charging me a surcharge?

Read all of the ATM messages carefully. You will not be charged a surcharge unless you agree to it. You may cancel any transaction to avoid incurring the surcharge fee. Press "Enter" to accept the surcharge fee and continue with your transaction.

Please Note: Key Bank, Allpoint and Chase ATMs will never charge a surcharge, though you may incur transaction fees when using these ATMs. ATMs at these locations will still ask you to agree to pay a surcharge, but you will not incur this fee. You must agree to accept the surcharge in order to complete your transaction, but the surcharge will not be subtracted from your account balance.

22. How do I perform a balance inquiry?

  • You can check your account balance free of charge at www.myaccount.chase.com
  • You can call Chase Customer Service at 1-866-315-1011
  • You can do free balance inquiries at any Key Bank, Allpoint or Chase ATMs.

23. I went to a surcharge-free ATM and it still said that I had to pay a surcharge. Why?

Key Bank, Allpoint and Chase ATM surcharge message will appear even though they are surcharge-free. Accept the surcharge if you want to make the transaction. You WILL NOT be charged the surcharge amount as long as you're using a surcharge-free ATM.

24. What do I do if I'm charged an unexpected transaction fee?

Call Chase Customer Service at 1-866-315-1011 and they will help you figure it out. If you are charged a fee that you shouldn't be charged, you will be reimbursed.

25.  What should I do if I forget my PIN?

Call the Chase Customer Service number on the back of your card 1-866-315-1011.

26. What if I enter the wrong PIN?

If you are having trouble remembering your PIN, DO NOT try to guess your PIN when entering it on a POS terminal or ATM. When you enter the wrong PIN, you have two more changes to enter the correct number. If the correct PIN is not entered by the third try, you must wait until after midnight to try again. Call Chase Customer Service 1-866-315-1011 if you are having problems with your PIN.

27. Do I still have to file a weekly claim each week?

Yes, as long as you are unemployed you must file a claim for each week you wish to receive a payment. Weekly claims may be filed by the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, by calling 1-800-593-7660 and selecting option 6, by visiting our web site www.fileforui.com  and selecting the option to file a weekly claim, or by mailing in your paper claim card.

28. What if I miss filing a weekly claim?

If the IVR or web site will not accept your claim, call the UI claims center at 1-800-593-7660 on the next business day, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m..

29. Whom do I contact if I have questions?

Questions regarding the Maine Automated Payment Card are to be directed to Chase Customer Service at 1-866-315-1011. Questions regarding Unemployment Insurance are to be directed to the Unemployment Insurance Call Center at 1-800-593-7660.

30. When is the toll-free Chase Customer Service line available?

The call center is available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.

31. What happens if the Maine Automated Payment card is lost or stolen?

Call the toll-free Chase Customer Service Center, 1-866-315-1011, to report a lost or stolen card. A new card will be issued and any remaining balance will be transferred to the new card.

32. What should I do if I'm expecting a card in the mail and don't receive it?

Call Chase Customer Service at 1-866-315-1011 and let them know that you have not received your card. Make sure your mailing address is accurate. Look at your junk mail and make sure it's not in that pile. In order to protect you from potential card theft, your card will arrive in a white windowed envelope that does not display the Department of Labor  name or logo.

Unlike paper checks, debit cards are not shipped through the Department, so it may take an extra day or two for the Maine Automated Payment card to reach you. Once you have your card, you will no longer have to wait for a check to arrive in the mail.

33. How do I get my name or address changed on this account?

Call the Unemployment Insurance (UI) Call Center at 1-800-593-7660 to change the name or address on the account.

34. Can someone other than the person whose name is on it use the card?

For security reasons, you should never share your PIN or allow anyone else to use your card.

35. Can I request a second card for another individual such as a family member?

No. Only the person approved for unemployment insurance benefit payments will receive a card.

36.  Can I get into debt by using the Maine Automated Payment Card?

Your card is a prepaid Visa Electronic Payment Card, not a credit card.

37.  Can I use the card to build a credit history?

No. The card does not help establish credit history as no credit check is required to receive the card, and it is not tied to a bank account or a credit line.

38. Will use of the Maine Automated Payment Card hurt my credit rating?

No. Your card will be a prepaid Visa Electronic Payment Card not a credit card. Use of the Maine Automated Payment Card will have no effect on your credit rating.

39. Will I earn interest on the funds in my Maine Automated Payment Card account?

No. The account does not earn interest.

40. Can the State view or track my transactions?

No. For privacy reasons, only the cardholder will have access to this information.

41. Can I use my Electronic Payment Card outside of Maine or in another country?

Yes, you can use the Electronic Payment Card anywhere that accepts VISA or any ATM.

42. What should I do with the card after the money is gone?

Keep it. We'll use it to pay you the next time you draw unemployment benefits. When the card is sent to you it will have an expiration date three years from date of issue. Should you need to file another claim for unemployment benefits during this time this same card will be used.