Getting carded at Walmart

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I haven’t been to a Walmart lately, but readers have been commenting, tweeting, emailing, and texting with news about Walmart’s latest policy.  Apparently, if you try to load more than $500 to your Bluebird card, they now require your Driver’s License, Address, SSN, and more.  What follows are miscellaneous tidbits of info gathered from these reports.  Please comment below if you can confirm or deny any of this:

  • $500 Bluebird loads are fine and do not require extra info.
  • You can load up to $1K to your Bluebird card without issue if you load $500 or less at a time, in separate transactions.
  • Bluebird (and GoBank) loads at automated Kiosks are not working at all even when the machines appear to be functioning.
  • Some Walmart stores are no longer allowing loads at regular checkout lanes, but instead require customers to go to the customer service desk.
  • Walmart Bill Pay transactions over $500 are also subjected to rigorous information demands.
  • I have yet to hear any reports about Money Order purchases.  Anyone?

While there may not be any harm in giving Walmart all of that information, I’m sure that most people will want to avoid it.  So, while this new policy doesn’t kill the point-earning opportunities available at Walmart, it does make things a bit more difficult.

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