Can you activate your debit MasterCard online?


Quick Answer

Some MasterCard debit cards, such as the PayPal prepaid MasterCard debit card, are eligible for online activation. However, other issuers of prepaid debit cards may require a phone call. For debit cards associated with a checking account, contact the issuing bank for activation procedures.

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Full Answer

To activate some MasterCard prepaid debit cards, customers need to provide identifying information and government-issued ID. For others, such as the PayPal prepaid MasterCard, customers only need to provide the card number. The procedures for activating a debit MasterCard associated with a personal checking account vary from calling a phone number and providing information to using the card with a PIN at an ATM.

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