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How to prequalify for Capital One credit cards

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Get a customized list of cards before you apply.

Capital One’s prequalification tool can be especially useful if you don’t know which cards you’d likely get approval for.

After you submit a few personal details, you can see customized card offers within 60 seconds.

Compare Capital One credit cards

Name Product Filter values Annual Fee APR for Purchases (Purchase Rate) Intro APR for Balance Transfer
$0 intro annual fee for the first year ($95 thereafter)
17.99%, 22.74% or 25.24% variable

N/A

Earn 50,000 bonus miles after spending $3,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.
$0
14.24%, 20.24% or 24.24% variable

N/A

Earn 20,000 bonus miles once you spend $1,000 on purchases within the first 3 months from account opening.
$0
16.24%, 22.24% or 26.24% variable
0% for the first 15 months (then 16.24%, 22.24% or 26.24% variable)
Earn unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase, every day
$39
26.99% variable

N/A

Get unlimited 1.5% cash back on every purchase with no limit on how much you can earn, and no changing categories.
$0 intro annual fee for the first year ($95 thereafter)
16.74%, 22.24% or 25.74% variable

N/A

Earn unlimited 4% cash back on dining, 2% on groceries and 1% on all other purchases.

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What does prequalification mean?


If you’re prequalified, a bank has checked your credit with a soft pull and believes you could be a customer. According to some estimates, you could have an 80% to 90% chance of approval after getting prequalified.

Prequalification doesn’t guarantee approval. After you apply for a card, the provider will check your credit with a hard pull. You could still be denied if the bank has issues with your credit profile.

Soft pull vs. hard pull: What’s the difference?

A soft pull is a background check, and it won’t affect your credit. A bank will look into your credit to see if you may be a good fit.

A hard pull is a credit check that follows a credit application. The bank assesses your risk as a borrower. A hard pull will typically lower your credit score by a few points. This is a normal part of a credit application, and your score will rebound as you consistently make on-time payments.

What are the benefits of a Capital One prequalification?

  • Better chances of approval. You can see cards that fit your credit profile, though nothing is guaranteed.
  • You can still shop around. There’s no obligation to apply. Feel free to get prequalified with other banks.
  • Your credit score won’t be affected. Keeping your credit score intact could increase your odds when you apply for a card.

How do I get prequalified for a Capital One credit card?

1. Go to the Capital One prequalification page.
2. Complete the prequalification form with your name, date of birth, Social Security number and residential address. Also, select which card benefit matters most to you and where your credit stands.
3. Click the box next to I understand that this is not a credit card application.
4. Review your application and click See your card offers to submit your prequalification request.

Bottom line

Capital One offers a short prequalification form. After you submit your information, the provider will show you card offers within 60 seconds.

If you’re not sure a Capital One card is the right fit, consider getting prequalified with other providers such as American Express, Chase, Citi and Discover.

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