How Do I Activate My New Chase Debit Card?

By Gavin | October 13, 2018

How do I activate my new chase debit card? Chase debit cards are a popular option because they are easy to use and manage. Before you can use your new debit card, however, you will need to activate it. Fortunately, Chase allows you to activate your debit card using either a phone or computer. Activation is a quick process which requires you to identify yourself and your card. If you cannot activate your card, call customer service or walk into your local Chase branch.

First, Take your card out of the envelope. Your debit card will arrive in the mail. It may be in an unmarked white envelope or, in some cases, a box. Inside will be your debit card as well as the terms of use and a guide to benefits.

You should activate your card as soon as you receive it. If you wait more than a month or two, the bank may assume that the card is lost and cancel it.

Second, Call the activation phone number. The phone number is usually on a sticker that is attached to the front of the card. Do not remove this sticker until you have activated your card. Look at the back of your card for your customer service number.

Try to use the same phone number that you put on your debit card application. To prevent identity theft, the bank may compare the number you are calling from with the number on your application.

Third, Enter the requested information. To activate your card, you may be asked to say or dial your debit card number, the last four digits of your Social Security number, your date of birth, and any personal identifying questions that you answered when applying for the card.

Personal identifying questions may include “What is your mother’s maiden name” or “What was the street you grew up on?”

If you are calling from a different number than the one on your application, you may be asked more questions for security purposes.

Fourth, Remove the sticker once the card is activated. In most cases, the card will automatically activate after providing the right information. You can now take off the activation sticker and use your card for purchases.

Fifth, Sign your new debit card. Debit cards are not valid unless signed. Make sure that you sign your debit card on the back where it says "Authorized Signature." For an extra layer of protection, you can sign "See ID" instead of your signature.