High risk merchant category codes (High risk MCC codes)

A high risk Merchant Category Code (MCC) is a four-digit number for retail financial services. An MCC is used to classify a business by the types of products or services it sells.

Assignment of high risk MCCs

MCCs are assigned to a merchant account based either on the merchant type or by merchant name and is assigned to the merchant by acquiring bank company.

Uses of high risk MCCs

An MCC reflects the primary category in which a merchant does business and may be used:
– to determine the interchange fee
– by card issuers to offer rewards for spending in specific categories
– by card networks to define rules and restrictions for card transactions
– for tax purposes

List of current high risk MCC codes

Look up MCC code by merchant type:

The following MCC codes that need high-risk registration and similar business categories where retailers find it difficult to qualify for merchant accounts.

MCC Code Merchant Type
MCC 4722 Travel agencies and tour operators
MCC 4812 Telecom equipment and sales
MCC 4814 Telecommunication service
MCC 4816 Computer network services
MCC 4829 Money Orders – Wire Transfer
MCC 5122 Drugs, Drug Proprietors, and Druggist’s Sundries
MCC 5912 Drug Stores and Pharmacies
MCC 5962 Direct Marketing – Travel Related Arrangements Services
MCC 5964 Direct Marketing – Catalog Merchant
MCC 5966 Direct Marketing – Outbound telemarketing
MCC 5967 Direct Marketing -Inbound Teleservices Merchant
MCC 5968 Direct Marketing – Continuity/Subscription Merchant
MCC 5969 Direct Marketing – Not Elsewhere Classified
MCC 5993 Cigar Stores and Stands
MCC 7012 Timeshares
MCC 7273 Dating and Escort Services
MCC 7995 Betting (including Lottery Tickets, Casino Gaming Chips, Off – track Betting and Wagers)

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