Help build credit with everyday purchases
Low credit or no credit, start improving your credit score by 30 points on average with regular, on-time payments4 using Credit Builder.
Each month, we report your on-time payments to all 3 major credit bureaus to help you build credit over time.4
Why Credit Builder?
The best way to build credit with Credit Builder
Enroll in Credit Builder after you join Chime and receive a qualifying direct deposit to your Checking Account.
Move your direct deposit to your Credit Builder secured account to get started.
Spend up to the amount you’ve moved on everyday purchases like gas and groceries.
The money you’ve already moved to Credit Builder can be used to pay off your monthly balance on time.
We report your on-time payments to all 3 credit bureaus to help you build credit over time.4
Take the first step and join the millions of members already using Credit Builder.
Chime has you covered
We know you want the Credit Builder card. But don’t sleep on the Chime Debit card.
With it you can get cash at cash at over 60K fee-free ATMs˜︎ and make purchases anywhere Visa® debit cards are accepted.
You can apply for Credit Builder after receiving a qualifying direct deposit.1 Then, start building credit on everyday purchases and on-time payments.4
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Your funds are FDIC insured up to $250,000 through The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank, N.A., Members FDIC and we keep your money safe and secure with periodic security tests of our systems.
Here’s everything you need to know about Credit Builder
What do I need to apply for a Credit Builder?
All you need is a Chime Checking Account and qualifying direct deposits of $200 or more.
Don’t have a Chime Checking Account? Apply for one in under two minutes!
Will it require a hard credit check to apply?
No way! We think everyone deserves a chance to build credit, so we don’t check your credit score when you apply.
Do I need to have a Chime Checking Account to use Credit Builder?
Yes. We designed Credit Builder to work with the Chime Checking Account so that you can move money instantly—across your Chime accounts!
Does Chime charge any fees for using Credit Builder?
Nope! We do not charge fees; no annual fees, maintenance fees, international fees, and no interest.
How can Credit Builder help my credit score?
Credit Builder offers features that help you stay on top of key factors that impact your credit score. Consistent use of Credit Builder can help you build on-time payment history, increase the length of your credit history over time, and more. We report to the major credit bureaus – TransUnion®, Experian®, and Equifax®.
Learn more about credit building with Credit Builder.
What makes Credit Builder different from traditional credit cards?
Unlike traditional credit cards, Credit Builder helps you build credit with no annual fees and no interest. There’s also no credit check to apply!
Credit Builder is a secured credit card. The money you move into Credit Builder’s secured account is the amount you can spend on the card. Unlike other secured credit cards, that money can be used to pay off your monthly balances. Since Credit Builder doesn’t have a pre-set limit, spending up to the amount you added won’t contribute to a high-utilization record on your credit history.
Learn more about how Credit Builder works.
Is Credit Builder a secured credit card?
Yes, Credit Builder is a secured credit card. The money you move to the Credit Builder secured account is how much you can spend with the card. This amount is often referred to by other secured credit cards as the security deposit. Like other secured credit cards, Credit Builder also reports to the major credit bureaus, to help you build credit history over time.
However, for most secured credit cards, security deposits are unavailable to you, the consumer, until you close the account. With Credit Builder, you can use your deposit to pay for monthly charges. Plus, Credit Builder charges no annual fees and no interest, and no minimum security deposit required!
What is the credit limit?
Credit Builder doesn’t have a pre-set credit limit. Instead, the money you move into your Credit Builder secured account sets your spending limit on the card.
With traditional credit cards, using a high percentage of your available credit limit could negatively impact your credit score. You don’t have to worry about that with Credit Builder because Chime does not report credit utilization. On-time payment history can have a positive impact on your credit score. Late payment may negatively impact your credit score.
How much you can spend with Credit Builder is shown to you as Available to Spend in the Chime app.
If I use all the money I add into Credit Builder, will Credit Builder report high utilization and hurt my credit score?
Nope. Credit Builder doesn’t report percent utilization to the major credit bureaus because it has no pre-set credit limit. That means spending up to the amount you added will not show a high-utilization card on your credit history. So rest assured to use Credit Builder for your everyday purchases and let them count towards credit building!
New member basics
How long does it take for my Credit Builder card to arrive?
After you enroll, it’ll take on average 5-7 business days for your Credit Builder card to arrive.
How do I activate my new Credit Builder card?
It’s easy! Just go to the Chime app > Settings > Credit Builder > Activate Card.
What can I use my Credit Builder card for?
You can use the Credit Builder card anywhere Visa® credit cards are accepted.
Can I move money into my Credit Builder secured account from another bank?
No, you cannot move money from other banks to your Credit Builder secured account. You can only do that from your Chime Checking Account.
How long does it take to move money between my Credit Builder secured account and Checking Account?
Moving money between Chime Checking Account and Credit Builder takes ~60 seconds! Once the transfer is complete, your transaction history will reflect the change and your Available to Spend will update.
What is Safer Credit Building?
Safer Credit Building is a feature that allows you to automatically pay your monthly balance with the money in your Credit Builder secured account. Turn it on, so your monthly balances are always paid on time! Learn more about how it works here.
What is Move My Pay?
Move My Pay is an optional Credit Builder feature that allows you to automatically move a set amount from your Checking Account to Credit Builder whenever you get paid. You can always make changes or move money between your Chime accounts at any time.
How and when do I pay off the card?
You can pay off your Credit Builder charges in 3 ways:
- Our recommendation is to turn on Safer Credit Building. When you make a purchase, the money you spent is put on hold in your secured account. Safer Credit Building uses that money to automatically pay your monthly balance. This will help you avoid late payments and outstanding balances.
- If Safer Credit Building is not turned on, Manual Payments can still be made at any time by going to Settings → Safer Credit Building → Make a Payment.
- ACH Payments can be made from any bank by using Credit Builder’s account and routing numbers. To find them, go to Settings → Safer Credit Building → Make a Payment → Paying with another bank
Credit Builder statements are available by the 28th of each month and due on the 23rd of the following month.
What happens if I miss a payment?
If you miss a payment, we’ll disable your Credit Builder card and ask you to pay your overdue balance. See “How and when do I pay off the card?” on how to make a payment.
If your balance due isn’t paid in full after 30 days, we may report information about your account to the major credit bureaus. Late payments, missed payments, or other defaults on your account may be reflected on your credit report.
Where can I find more information on Credit Builder policies?
For the Credit Builder Visa Credit Card Agreement, please visit: https://www.chime.com/chime-credit-builder-visa-credit-card-agreement/
For the Credit Builder Application Disclosure and Secured Account Agreement, please visit: https://www.chime.com/chime-credit-builder-application-disclosure-and-secured-account-agreement
Can I use my Credit Builder card to withdraw money?
Yes! You can use your Credit Builder card to get cash fee-free at any in-network ATM, just like your Chime debit card. You can withdraw cash from any atm, but there’s a $2.50 fee for out-of-network withdrawals. Check out the ATM map to find a fee-free location near you.
What is the limit on the Chime Credit Builder Card?
Credit Builder does not have a pre-set limit, the amount you move into the Credit Builder secured account is the amount you can spend with the card.
Can you withdraw cash from the Chime Credit Builder Card?
Yes! Just like your Chime Debit Card, you can withdraw cash using your Credit Builder Card. Get cash fee-free⁵ at 60,000+ ATMs found in stores you love like Walgreens, 7-eleven, CVS, and more!
Can I use my Chime Credit Builder Card at an ATM?
Yes! You can get cash using your Credit builder at any ATM. To avoid out-of-network fees⁵, we recommend using one of the 60,000+ in-network ATMs found in stores you love like Walgreens, 7-eleven, and more. Go into your Chime app and use the ATM Map to find one closest to you!
Can I overdraft my Chime Credit Builder Card?
Credit Builder currently does not provide overdraft services.
Banking services provided by The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank, N.A., Members FDIC. The Chime Visa® Debit Card is issued by The Bancorp Bank or Stride Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit cards are accepted. Please see back of your Card for its issuing bank. The Chime Visa® Credit Builder Card is issued by Stride Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa credit cards are accepted.
While Chime doesn’t issue personal checkbooks to write checks, Chime Checkbook gives you the freedom to send checks to anyone, anytime, from anywhere. See your issuing bank’s Deposit Account Agreement for full Chime Checkbook details.
1Credit Builder To be eligible to apply for Credit Builder, you need to have received a qualifying direct deposit of $200 or more to your Checking Account within the last 365 days of your application. The qualifying direct deposit must have been made by your employer, payroll provider, or benefits payer by Automated Clearing House (ACH) deposit. Bank ACH transfers, Pay Friends transfers, verification or trial deposits from financial institutions, peer to peer transfers from services such as PayPal, Cash App, or Venmo, mobile check deposits, and cash loads or deposits are not qualifying direct deposits.
2Credit Score Increase based on a representative study conducted by TransUnion®, members who started using Chime Credit Builder in September 2019 observed a median credit score (VantageScore 3.0) increase of 30 points by January 2020. On-time payment history can have a positive impact on your credit score. Late payment may negatively impact your credit score.
3Security Deposit Money added to Credit Builder will be held in a secured account as collateral for your Credit Builder card, which means you can spend up to this amount on your card. This is money you can use to pay off your charges at the end of every month.
4On-time payment history can have a positive impact on your credit score. Late payment may negatively impact your credit score. Chime will report your activities to Transunion®, Experian®, and Equifax®. Impact on your credit may vary, as Credit scores are independently determined by credit bureaus based on a number of factors including the financial decisions you make with other financial services organization.
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