ATMs and PIN #s

I thought I remembered reading somewhere that European ATMs will not accept PINs that start with a "0". My bank says it should be no problem, but the person I talked with didn't give me much confidence. Does anybody know for sure?

Posted by Michael
Seattle, WA, USA
5737 posts

A myth that pops up here every so often. Inevitably several people weigh in to say that their PINs start with 0 and they've had no problem.

Posted by Roberto
Fremont, CA, USA
3314 posts

Yep. Another urban legend. You can have a pin with all zeroes if you wish.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10854 posts

Old story that is hard to die. In the very early days of ATMs, like the first year in 1904, the zero was reserved for some bank operations. Maybe last two years and the story got started and no one can completely kill it. You should have more confidence in your bank.

Posted by Larry
Elk Grove, CA, USA
6699 posts

I've had zeros at the beginning of my ATM pin. Never a problem. It's a myth. Just don't have any alpha characters as European ATMs don't show the letters on the number keys.