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.
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.