As soon as your card arrives in your mail, your next step is to activate it. All card providers offer two ways of doing that, either online or by phone. But a rising number of card providers offer a third way — via the card provider’s mobile app.
The card activation process is generally the same across all providers. Here’s how it works:
- Call the number on the back of your card or sign up for your provider’s online banking.
- Find your new card under Accounts if activating online or request card activation by phone.
- Follow the prompts and provide your card’s and your personal information.
TIP: If you’re activating your card by phone, call from the number you assigned in your card application to speed things up. Otherwise, you may need to provide additional information to verify you are the real cardholder.
Some card providers let you activate your card with the provider’s mobile app. In this case, the process is similar to activating your card online.
How to activate a credit card with each bank
To activate your credit card, you’ll need your:
- Credit card information. This includes the credit card number, expiry date and the card’s CVC/CVV number.
- Personal information. You’ll also need to verify your identity by providing your date of birth, Social Security number and answer your security questions.
What happens if you don’t activate your card
If you don’t activate your card, your account will likely be open but you and your authorized users won’t be able to make any purchases. Also, if you don’t activate your card, you risk compromising your card’s security.
There are two main ways to activate your card — by phone and online. Some card providers may also let you activate your card via their mobile app. Whichever method you choose, the process is fast and simple.
But now that your credit card is active, consider applying for an additional credit card to increase your credit limit, get additional perks and to get a chance to earn a new signup bonus.