How do I buy a prepaid card online?

Answer: You can buy a general purpose reloadable prepaid card online at the card provider’s website. Fees among cards can vary greatly, and buying a card online can provide a great opportunity to do some comparison shopping between cards before you pick one.

Think about how you will use the card and check all the fees that will apply to those uses. 

When you are purchasing your card, the website will ask you to provide your official name, street address (no P.O. boxes), email, and phone number. Sometimes you must provide your Social Security number or taxpayer identification number (or other identifying number if you are a non-U.S. citizen) at the same time; other times you will have to provide your Social Security number later.

Once your card arrives in the mail, you can activate it online or by phone and start using it.

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