As of September 2014, the Green Dot website allows users to activate temporary card numbers and personalized cards received in the mail by entering the 16-digit card number and the three-digit security code on the back. Activating a personalized card also requires knowing the expiration date for the card. After inputting the card numbers, customers pick a PIN and add other information through Green Dot's secure website.Continue Reading
Green Dot temporary cards bought in stores or online can be reloaded after identity verification. Consumers who purchase cards online are given temporary numbers to make over-the-phone or online purchases. Reloading temporary cards is done through MoneyPak, direct deposit or bank transfers.
Green Dot specializes in prepaid Mastercard and Visa debit card services that require a person's identity in order to be activated. Cards are usable at ATMs, in stores, online and as reloadable cards. Green Dot cards must have money loaded on them to be used, and they do not build credit on a credit report.
Green Dot is headquartered in Pasadena, Calif., and its subsidiary, Green Dot Bank, is in Provo, Utah. The company uses the stock ticker symbol "GDOT" on the New York Stock Exchange. More than 90,000 retailers sell Green Dot products as of September 2014.Learn more about Credit & Lending
As of 2015, there is no timetable for when personalized Green Dot cards must be activated. However, since temporary cards cannot be used for ATM transactions and may carry other limitations, customers should activate them upon receipt, according to information found on the Green Dot FAQ page.Full Answer >
As of 2015, Green Dot prepaid debit cards can be purchased online at the Green Dot website. There is no fee to purchase the card online. The card cannot be used until it has funds loaded to it, and it can't have funds loaded during the online order process.Full Answer >
As of 2015, Green Dot MoneyPak cards are no longer available for purchase, according to the New York Times. The company replaced the original scratch-off cards with prepaid cards that are reloadable at the register. Green Dot implemented the change to deter fraudulent use and quicken the reloading process.Full Answer >
You can find the balance on a Green Dot card by logging in to your account on Green Dot's website. You can also check your balance with your cell phone by texting "BAL XXXX" to 43411, where XXXX is the last four digits of your card number, notes Green Dot.Full Answer >