Visa prepaid cards, which are reloadable, are available directly from the global digital payments company'swebsite. The website contains a list of online issuers of the cards, which is about 40 issuers as of March 2015, and information about each of their reload options and other features. Visa prepaid cards, like Visa Buxx for teens, are secure forms of payment that act as alternatives to cash or checks, and they generallydon't require a credit check or a bank account.
Visa prepaid cards can also be purchased froma physical store, even from retailers like Walgreens. The Visa website contains a locator where consumers can plug in their city, and thenthey're able to find the closest purchase location for one of the prepaid products as well as places to go to reload the cards. For example, in San Francisco, Calif.,Chevron is on the list, as are Walgreens,Safeway, Radio Shack and CVS.
Visa prepaid cards can also be purchased in person from somecredit unions. For example, customers ofthe San Diego County Credit Union can get a Visa reloadable cardfrom any of its more than 35 branch locations.
Banks offer Visa prepaid cards. US Bank, for example, offers two types: aregular version and a gift card version called US Bank Visa Gift Card aimed at anyone 13 years of age or older.