Many prepaid debit cards can be activated online including NetSpend cards and RushCard Live cards. GreenDot prepaid debit cards can also be activated online by visiting the official website, entering the card information, and following the prompts.
The information most often required to activate prepaid debit cards online is the actual card number along with the three-digit security code located on the back of the card. Card holders may also be required to provide personal information such as their name and billing address, along with the last four digits of their Social Security number. Upon activation, cardholders are often prompted to create a four-digit PIN number to associate with the card they are activating.
Prepaid debit cards work on either the Visa or MasterCard network and are loaded with money by the cardholders. They are most often accepted at any place that accepts Visa or MasterCard and are used the same way as a credit card. They can also be used at ATM machines to withdraw money. Cardholders cannot spend or withdraw more money than what is loaded onto their cards.
There are fees associated with the use of some prepaid debit cards. These fees vary depending on the specific terms of service issued by each prepaid debit card provider.