MCC Merchant Category Code - What categorizes your purchase from the credit card company's viewpoint.

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Many of us use credit cards that offer CashBack on certain categories of purchases, eg. "office supplies". In trying to find out whether I would get Citicard's 5% CashBack promo on my "electronics stores" purchases (thread here), I learnt that it all depends on whether the store I purchase from has a MCC that categorizes it under "electronics".
You can figure that the same MCC thing would appply when deciding whether you purchased your breakfast from a "food store" or a "restaurant", etc.

Though I still do not know what's the MCC for LenovoOutlet (can someone post if they know?), I've gotten this list of MCC from the IRS website for our future reference, and to help select the card that would provide highest CashBack for purchases from a specific store (depending on the store's MCC).

MCC Merchant Category Reportable under 6041/6041A and Authority for Exception
0742 Veterinary Services Yes
0763 Agricultural Cooperative Yes
0780 Landscaping Services Yes
1520 General Contractors Yes
1711 Heating, Plumbing, A/C Yes
1731 Electrical Contractors Yes
1740 Masonry, Stonework, and Plaster Yes
1750 Carpentry Contractors Yes
1761 Roofing/Siding, Sheet Metal Yes
1771 Concrete Work Contractors Yes
1799 Special Trade Contractors Yes
2741 Miscellaneous Publishing and Printing Yes
2791 Typesetting, Plate Making, and Related Services Yes
2842 Specialty Cleaning Yes
3000-3299 Airlines Yes
3351-3441 Car Rental Yes
3501-3790 Hotels/Motels/Inns/Resorts Yes
4011 Railroads No1.6041-3(c)
4111 Commuter Transport, Ferries Yes
4112 Passenger Railways Yes
4119 Ambulance Services Yes
4121 Taxicabs/Limousines Yes
4131 Bus Lines Yes
4214 Motor Freight Carriers and Trucking - Local and Long Distance, Moving and Storage Companies, and Local Delivery Services No1.6041-3(c)
4215 Courier Services Yes
4225 Public Warehousing and Storage - Farm Products, Refrigerated Goods, Household Goods, and Storage No1.6041-3(c)
4411 Cruise Lines Yes
4457 Boat Rentals and Leases Yes
4468 Marinas, Service and Supplies Yes
4511 Airlines, Air Carriers Yes
4582 Airports, Flying Fields Yes
4722 Travel Agencies, Tour Operators Yes
4723 TUI Travel - Germany Yes
4784 Tolls/Bridge Fees No1.6041-3(c)
4789 Transportation Services (Not Elsewhere Classified) Yes
4812 Telecommunication Equipment and Telephone Sales No1.6041-3(c)
4814 Telecommunication Services No1.6041-3(c)
4816 Computer Network Services No1.6041-3(c)
4821 Telegraph Services No1.6041-3(c)
4829 Wires, Money Orders No1.6041-3(c)
4899 Cable, Satellite, and Other Pay Television and Radio No1.6041-3(c)
4900 Utilities No1.6041-3(c)
5013 Motor Vehicle Supplies and New Parts No1.6041-3(c)
5021 Office and Commercial Furniture No1.6041-3(c)
5039 Construction Materials (Not Elsewhere Classified) No1.6041-3(c)
5044 Photographic, Photocopy, Microfilm Equipment, and Supplies No1.6041-3(c)
5045 Computers, Peripherals, and Software No1.6041-3(c)
5046 Commercial Equipment (Not Elsewhere Classified) No1.6041-3(c)
5047 Medical, Dental, Ophthalmic, and Hospital Equipment and Supplies No1.6041-3(c)
5051 Metal Service Centers No1.6041-3(c)
5065 Electrical Parts and Equipment No1.6041-3(c)
5072 Hardware, Equipment, and Supplies No1.6041-3(c)
5074 Plumbing, Heating Equipment, and Supplies No1.6041-3(c)
5085 Industrial Supplies (Not Elsewhere Classified) No1.6041-3(c)
5094 Precious Stones and Metals, Watches and Jewelry No1.6041-3(c)
5099 Durable Goods (Not Elsewhere Classified) No1.6041-3(c)
5111 Stationary, Office Supplies, Printing and Writing Paper No1.6041-3(c)
5122 Drugs, Drug Proprietaries, and Druggist Sundries No1.6041-3(c)
5131 Piece Goods, Notions, and Other Dry Goods No1.6041-3(c)
5137 Uniforms, Commercial Clothing No1.6041-3(c)
5139 Commercial Footwear No1.6041-3(c)
5169 Chemicals and Allied Products (Not Elsewhere Classified) No1.6041-3(c)
5172 Petroleum and Petroleum Products No1.6041-3(c)
5192 Books, Periodicals, and Newspapers No1.6041-3(c)
5193 Florists Supplies, Nursery Stock, and Flowers No1.6041-3(c)
5198 Paints, Varnishes, and Supplies No1.6041-3(c)
5199 Nondurable Goods (Not Elsewhere Classified) No1.6041-3(c)
5200 Home Supply Warehouse Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5211 Lumber, Building Materials Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5231 Glass, Paint, and Wallpaper Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5251 Hardware Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5261 Nurseries, Lawn and Garden Supply Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5271 Mobile Home Dealers No1.6041-3(c)
5300 Wholesale Clubs No1.6041-3(c)
5309 Duty Free Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5310 Discount Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5311 Department Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5331 Variety Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5399 Miscellaneous General Merchandise No1.6041-3(c)
5411 Grocery Stores, Supermarkets No1.6041-3(c)
5422 Freezer and Locker Meat Provisioners No1.6041-3(c)
5441 Candy, Nut, and Confectionery Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5451 Dairy Products Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5462 Bakeries No1.6041-3(c)
5499 Miscellaneous Food Stores - Convenience Stores and Specialty Markets No1.6041-3(c)
5511 Car and Truck Dealers (New & Used) Sales, Service, Repairs Parts and Leasing No1.6041-3(c)
5521 Car and Truck Dealers (Used Only) Sales, Service, Repairs Parts and Leasing No1.6041-3(c)
5531 Auto and Home Supply Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5532 Automotive Tire Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5533 Automotive Parts and Accessories Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5541 Service Stations No1.6041-3(c)
5542 Automated Fuel Dispensers No1.6041-3(c)
5551 Boat Dealers No1.6041-3(c)
5561 Motorcycle Shops, Dealers No1.6041-3(c)
5571 Motorcycle Shops and Dealers No1.6041-3(c)
5592 Motor Homes Dealers No1.6041-3(c)
5598 Snowmobile Dealers No1.6041-3(c)
5599 Miscellaneous Auto Dealers No1.6041-3(c)
5611 Men's and Boy's Clothing and Accessories Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5621 Women's Ready-To-Wear Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5631 Women's Accessory and Specialty Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5641 Children's and Infant's Wear Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5651 Family Clothing Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5655 Sports and Riding Apparel Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5661 Shoe Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5681 Furriers and Fur Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5691 Men's, Women's Clothing Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5697 Tailors, Alterations Yes
5698 Wig and Toupee Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5699 Miscellaneous Apparel and Accessory Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5712 Furniture, Home Furnishings, and Equipment Stores, Except Appliances No1.6041-3(c)
5713 Floor Covering Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5714 Drapery, Window Covering, and Upholstery Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5718 Fireplace, Fireplace Screens, and Accessories Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5719 Miscellaneous Home Furnishing Specialty Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5722 Household Appliance Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5732 Electronics Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5733 Music Stores-Musical Instruments, Pianos, and Sheet Music No1.6041-3(c)
5734 Computer Software Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5735 Record Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5811 Caterers Yes
5812 Eating Places, Restaurants No1.6041-3(c)
5813 Drinking Places No1.6041-3(c)
5814 Fast Food Restaurants No1.6041-3(c)
5912 Drug Stores and Pharmacies No1.6041-3(c)
5921 Package Stores-Beer, Wine, and Liquor No1.6041-3(c)
5931 Used Merchandise and Secondhand Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5932 Antique Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5933 Pawn Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5935 Wrecking and Salvage Yards Yes
5937 Antique Reproductions No1.6041-3(c)
5940 Bicycle Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5941 Sporting Goods Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5942 Book Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5943 Stationery Stores, Office, and School Supply Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5944 Jewelry Stores, Watches, Clocks, and Silverware Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5945 Hobby, Toy, and Game Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5946 Camera and Photographic Supply Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5947 Gift, Card, Novelty, and Souvenir Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5948 Luggage and Leather Goods Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5949 Sewing, Needlework, Fabric, and Piece Goods Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5950 Glassware, Crystal Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5960 Direct Marketing - Insurance Services Yes
5962 Direct Marketing - Travel Yes
5963 Door-To-Door Sales No1.6041-3(c)
5964 Direct Marketing - Catalog Merchant No1.6041-3(c)
5965 Direct Marketing - Combination Catalog and Retail Merchant No1.6041-3(c)
5966 Direct Marketing - Outbound Tele No1.6041-3(c)
5967 Direct Marketing - Inbound Tele No1.6041-3(c)
5968 Direct Marketing - Subscription No1.6041-3(c)
5969 Direct Marketing - Other No1.6041-3(c)
5970 Artist's Supply and Craft Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5971 Art Dealers and Galleries No1.6041-3(c)
5972 Stamp and Coin Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5973 Religious Goods Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5975 Hearing Aids Sales and Supplies No1.6041-3(c)
5976 Orthopedic Goods - Prosthetic Devices No1.6041-3(c)
5977 Cosmetic Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5978 Typewriter Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5983 Fuel Dealers (Non Automotive) No1.6041-3(c)
5992 Florists No1.6041-3(c)
5993 Cigar Stores and Stands No1.6041-3(c)
5994 News Dealers and Newsstands No1.6041-3(c)
5995 Pet Shops, Pet Food, and Supplies No1.6041-3(c)
5996 Swimming Pools Sales No1.6041-3(c)
5997 Electric Razor Stores No1.6041-3(c)
5998 Tent and Awning Shops No1.6041-3(c)
5999 Miscellaneous Specialty Retail No1.6041-3(c)
6010 Manual Cash Disburse No1.6041-3(c)
6011 Automated Cash Disburse No1.6041-3(c)
6012 Financial Institutions Yes
6051 Non-FI, Money Orders No1.6041-3(c)
6211 Security Brokers/Dealers Yes
6300 Insurance Underwriting, Premiums No1.6041-3(c)
6399 Insurance - Default No1.6041-3(c)
6513 Real Estate Agents and Managers - Rentals Yes
7011 Hotels, Motels, and Resorts Yes
7012 Timeshares Yes
7032 Sporting/Recreation Camps Yes
7033 Trailer Parks, Campgrounds Yes
7210 Laundry, Cleaning Services Yes
7211 Laundries Yes
7216 Dry Cleaners Yes
7217 Carpet/Upholstery Cleaning Yes
7221 Photographic Studios Yes
7230 Barber and Beauty Shops Yes
7251 Shoe Repair/Hat Cleaning Yes
7261 Funeral Services, Crematories Yes
7273 Dating/Escort Services Yes
7276 Tax Preparation Services Yes
7277 Counseling Services Yes
7278 Buying/Shopping Services Yes
7296 Clothing Rental Yes
7297 Massage Parlors Yes
7298 Health and Beauty Spas Yes
7299 Miscellaneous General Services Yes
7311 Advertising Services Yes
7321 Credit Reporting Agencies Yes
7333 Commercial Photography, Art and Graphics Yes
7338 Quick Copy, Repro, and Blueprint Yes
7339 Secretarial Support Services Yes
7342 Exterminating Services Yes
7349 Cleaning and Maintenance Yes
7361 Employment/Temp Agencies Yes
7372 Computer Programming Yes
7375 Information Retrieval Services Yes
7379 Computer Repair Yes
7392 Consulting, Public Relations Yes
7393 Detective Agencies Yes
7394 Equipment Rental Yes
7395 Photo Developing Yes
7399 Miscellaneous Business Services Yes
7511 Truck Stop Yes
7512 Car Rental Agencies Yes
7513 Truck/Utility Trailer Rentals Yes
7519 Recreational Vehicle Rentals Yes
7523 Parking Lots, Garages Yes
7531 Auto Body Repair Shops Yes
7534 Tire Retreading and Repair Yes
7535 Auto Paint Shops Yes
7538 Auto Service Shops Yes
7542 Car Washes Yes
7549 Towing Services Yes
7622 Electronics Repair Shops Yes
7623 A/C, Refrigeration Repair Yes
7629 Small Appliance Repair Yes
7631 Watch/Jewelry Repair Yes
7641 Furniture Repair, Refinishing Yes
7692 Welding Repair Yes
7699 Miscellaneous Repair Shops Yes
7829 Picture/Video Production Yes
7832 Motion Picture Theaters Yes
7841 Video Tape Rental Stores Yes
7911 Dance Hall, Studios, Schools Yes
7922 Theatrical Ticket Agencies Yes
7929 Bands, Orchestras Yes
7932 Billiard/Pool Establishments Yes
7933 Bowling Alleys Yes
7941 Sports Clubs/Fields Yes
7991 Tourist Attractions and Exhibits Yes
7992 Golf Courses - Public Yes
7993 Video Amusement Game Supplies No1.6041-3(c)
7994 Video Game Arcades Yes
7995 Betting/Casino Gambling Yes
7996 Amusement Parks/Carnivals Yes
7997 Country Clubs Yes
7998 Aquariums Yes
7999 Miscellaneous Recreation Services Yes
8011 Doctors Yes
8021 Dentists, Orthodontists Yes
8031 Osteopaths Yes
8041 Chiropractors Yes
8042 Optometrists, Ophthalmologist Yes
8043 Opticians, Eyeglasses Yes
8049 Chiropodists, Podiatrists Yes
8050 Nursing/Personal Care Yes
8062 Hospitals Yes
8071 Medical and Dental Labs Yes
8099 Medical Services Yes
8111 Legal Services, Attorneys Yes
8211 Elementary, Secondary Schools No1.6041-3(p)(2)
8220 Colleges, Universities No1.6041-3(p)(2)
8241 Correspondence Schools No1.6041-3(p)(2)
8244 Business/Secretarial Schools No1.6041-3(p)(2)
8249 Vocational/Trade Schools No1.6041-3(p)(2)
8299 Educational Services Yes
8351 Child Care Services Yes
8398 Charitable and Social Service Organizations - Fundraising No1.6041-3(p)(2)
8641 Civic, Social, Fraternal Associations No1.6041-3(p)(2)
8651 Political Organizations Yes
8661 Religious Organizations No1.6041-3(p)(2)
8675 Automobile Associations Yes
8699 Membership Organizations Yes
8734 Testing Laboratories Yes
8911 Architectural/Surveying Services Yes
8931 Accounting/Bookkeeping Services Yes
8999 Professional Services Yes
9211 Court Costs, Including Alimony and Child Support - Courts of Law No1.6041-3(p)(4)
9222 Fines - Government Administrative Entities No1.6041-3(p)(4)
9223 Bail and Bond Payments (payment to the surety for the bond, not the actual bond paid to the government agency) Yes
9311 Tax Payments - Government Agencies No1.6041-3(p)(4)
9399 Government Services (Not Elsewhere Classified) No1.6041-3(p)(4)
9402 Postal Services - Government Only No1.6041-3(p)(3)
9405 U.S. Federal Government Agencies or Departments No1.6041-3(p)(3)
9950 Intra-Company Purchases No1.6041-3(c)

Member Summary
Many merchants' categorization is at This fatwallet thread.

Merchant MCC Comments Date-Last-checked(Date)
LenovoOutlet 5969 "Direct Marketing" 12/21/07, fw10001
Amperor ???? "ELECTRICAL PARTS AND EQUIPMENT" 12/01/07, fw10001
Kohls ???? "Department Store" 12/26/07, fw10001
J C Penny ???? "Department Store" 10/15/07, fw10001
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Please consider adding any MCC codes that you know for merchants to the Quick Summary above.
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Merchant MCC Comments(or category) Updated(Date)

Seems ambitious, but would be nice if it works. Forgive my ignorance, but how do we actually find out these codes for a given merchant?

djspray said: Seems ambitious, but would be nice if it works. Forgive my ignorance, but how do we actually find out these codes for a given merchant?

1) Ask the merchant, if possible.
2) Call (insert your credit card company name here) AFTER a transaction has posted to your account- at that point the credit card provider will be able to see the MCC in the transaction details.
3) Update the Quick Summary on this thread with the info you obtained. Over time, our collective effort can compile a decent list here. For example, Newegg, Frys, Office Depot, RadioShack, etc...

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