While exact activation and registration requirements may vary by the type of MasterCard held, activation instructions are generally available on the packaging of the card, according to MasterCard's website. Depending on card type, this activation may be required in order to begin use of the card.
Accessing the website supplied on the MasterCard packaging allows user to register and activate their MasterCard online, according to MasterCard's website. A toll-free number may also be used to activate a MasterCard by telephone.
Depending on the card type, further personal information, including government-issued identification, may be required in order to activate the MasterCard, according to the MasterCard website.