Prepaid MasterCard Green Dot cards are sold by Green Dot Cards and issued by Green Dot Bank. You can buy them at some popular retail stores including Walmart, Walgreens and CVS. Prepaid cards are a great choice for individuals with less credit excellence, as well as individuals who want to make sure they don’t spend more money than they do in the budget. After purchasing a Green Dot card, you need to activate the card before you can top up and start shopping.
Card eligibility requirements
To buy a Green Dot prepaid MasterCard, you need to be 18 years of age or older. The company lists online access and identity verification through your Social Security number as requirements for activating and using the card. If you plan to take advantage of all the special features of the card, you also need to be ready to verify your mobile phone number and email address.
Activate the green dot card
There are two ways to activate your Green Dot Prepaid MasterCard. The first is to download the Green Dot app to your mobile device. Once the app has been fully downloaded, tap the “Open” button. Click “Disapproval” or “Allow” when asked if you want to receive important notifications. On the home page, click on the link that says “Do you have a new card on hand?” Enter the card’s 16-digit account number, expiration date, and CVV in the specified cells and press the green “Next” button.
Enter your personal information on the next screen. This information includes your name, address, phone number, email address, Social Security number, date of birth, and personalised PIN of your choice. Re-enter your PIN at the bottom of the page to confirm and then select the box to agree to the card’s terms and conditions. Click the green “Continue now” button to switch to the next screen, which requires you to verify your address. After you do, Green Dot will send you a text message with a code that you must enter into the box provided to confirm your phone number. Finally, you will be asked to create a unique username and password. Tap the “Continue” button to confirm that your card has been successfully activated.
The second way to activate your Green Dot prepaid MasterCard card is to visit the Green Dot homepage. From there, you can click on the green “Register /Activate” button or select “Register /Activate” from the drop-down menu on the right side of the screen. On the activation page, enter your account number, expiration date, and CVV before clicking “Next.” Enter your name, mailing address, Social Security number, and PIN in the available cells. Confirm the pin code and enter Captcha to prove that you are not a bot. Agree to the terms and conditions and your card is ready to use.
At the time of publication, the Green Dot prepaid MasterCard card cost $1.95 to buy. When you activate it, there are a bunch of additional charges that you should know about. These include a $7.95 monthly service fee, a $3.00 ATM withdrawal fee, and a $5.95 cash reload fee. You can avoid cash refill fees by transferring money from a savings account or check to a card. The monthly service fee is also waived if you have deposited $1,000 or more in the previous cycle.
Note: If you use a Green Dot prepaid MasterCard card outside the U.S., you’ll be charged 3 percent of the purchase price in dollars. So if you use the card to book a $100 hotel room, Green Dot will charge you $3.