How Long Does a Debit Card Registration Take?


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For most banks, customers can register a new debit card by phone in just a few moments. The card holder makes contact directly with the bank's service center, which may offer an automated phone system or a live operator to activate the card.

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How Long Does a Debit Card Registration Take?
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Automated systems are very efficient when they work correctly, but they cause delays if any number is not recognized as the user inputs or reads out the card details. As of September 2015, some banks offer the option of registering a new debit card online if the customer has already signed up for online banking. This takes even less time than phoning the bank, as the user directly inputs the card details rather than having to work through a phone system or intermediary.

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