Blocked Merchant Categories

The list below is a guide to merchant category codes that will cause your card to be declined.

Travel and Entertainment

All Rental Agencies
Motion Picture Theaters
Dance Halls, Schools, and Studios
Theatrical Producers Ticket Agencies
Billiard and Pool Establishments
Bowling Alleys
Athletic Fields, Commercial Sports, etc.
Sporting Events
Golf Courses
Country Clubs
Video Game Arcades/ Establishments
Amusement Parks, Carnivals, etc.

Transportation / Travel Services

Lodging Hotels, Motels, Resorts
Recreational and Sporting Camps
Campgrounds and Trailer Parks
Vehicle Rentals
Automobile Rental Agency
Transportation Commuter Passengers
Passenger Railways
Ambulance Services
Limousine and Taxicabs
Bus Lines
Coach Buses
Cruise Lines
Boat Leases and Boat Rentals
Marinas, Marine Service/Supplies
Tour Operators
Bridge and Road Fees, Tolls

Utility Services

Wire Transfers, Money Orders (WTMO’S)
ATM Machines
Utility Providers
Cash Advances

Services Providers

Financial Institutions Manual Cash Disbursements
Financial Institutions Automated Cash
Financial Institutions Merchandise and Services
Securities Brokers /Dealers
Insurance Sales, Underwriting and Premiums

Services (Personal Care)

Funeral Service and Crematories
Dating and Escort Services
Tax Preparation Service
Debt, marriage, Personal Counseling Service
Hair Salons
Spa Treatments

Professional/Organizations Services

Doctors (Not Elsewhere Classified)
Dentist, Orthodontist
Osteopathic Physicians
Opticians, Optical Goods, and Eyeglasses
Chiropodists, Podiatrists
Nursing and Personal Care Facilities
Legal Services
Child Care Services
Political Organizations
Religious Organizations
Associations, Automobile
Architectural, Engineering, and Surveying Services
Accounting, Auditing, and Bookkeeping Services

Retail Stores

Package Stores, Beer, Wine, Liquor
Religious Goods Store

Additional information can be located in NMSU Business Procedures Manual