Chime Credit Builder Secured Visa® Credit Card

Credit building starts right now.

  • No annual fee or interest¹
  • No credit check to apply
  • No minimum security deposit required²
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For Chime Checking Account holders with eligible direct deposit²
Credit Builder app screenshot and Visa credit card

Start building credit for free.

No annual fees, no interest, or large security deposits². No credit check to apply.

Start building credit safely.

Instantly disable your card to help prevent fraud. Build credit using your own money to limit the risk of debt and missing payments. Get covered fee-free through SpotMe on transactions up to $200.³

Start building credit on everyday purchases.

Start building credit with everyday purchases and on-time payments4. Use it everywhere Visa credit cards are accepted.

Start building credit for a better future.

We report to all 3 credit bureaus to help you build credit over time. Members see an increase of 30 points on average5.

Member testimonials.

“My goal is to be able to buy a house and finance a new car on my own. Credit Builder has definitely helped me to build my credit back up to a point where I can do that.”

-Emily A.

“By using the credit builder I can finally get the chance to move forward in the right direction and have the future I've always wanted!”

-Gareth G.

“I'm new to credit so it feels really good seeing that I'm safely increasing my score.”

-Larnell W.

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How it works.

Credit Builder is
great
for people
looking to
get better interest
rates for that dream
car or house
unlock their
financial progress
build credit with
purchases you
already make with
on-time payments4
find an easy, free,
safer way to help
build credit
use a card with no
annual fees, interest,
or credit history
requirements

FAQs

Here's what 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 instantlyacross your Chime accounts!

Does Chime charge any fees for using Credit Builder?

We don’t believe in unnecessary fees or profiting from our members’ misfortune. We have no fees to apply, no annual fee or interest, and no fee to replace your card. We do charge an out-of-network ATM fee if you use your card at an ATM that is not a part of Chime’s fee-free network of 60,000+ ATMs.

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 scores. Consistent use of Credit Builder can help you build credit and, with on-time payments, increase the length of your credit history over time. 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 doesnt 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 dont 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 doesnt 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 you can use Credit Builder for your everyday purchases and let them count toward credit building when you make on-time payments!

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:

  1.  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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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, well 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 isnt 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 get cash fee-free at any in-network ATM, just like your Chime debit card. Find an in-network ATM near you using the ATM Map in the app.

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-free⁷ 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 fees⁷, 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!

Do I get fee-free SpotMe on my Chime Credit Builder Card?

Yes! SpotMe® on Credit Builder is now available! Get covered up to $200 when you need it fee-free.³

Chime® is a financial technology company, not a bank. Banking services are provided by The Bancorp Bank, N.A. or Stride Bank, N.A., Members FDIC. The Chime Visa® Debit Card and the Chime Credit Builder Visa® Credit Card are issued by The Bancorp Bank, N.A. or Stride Bank pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A. Inc. and may be used everywhere Visa debit and credit cards are accepted. Please see the back of your Card for its issuing bank.

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1 Out of network ATM withdrawal and OTC advance fees may apply. View the Bancorp agreement or Stride agreement for details; see back of card for issuer.

2 Money added to Credit Builder will be held in a secured account as collateral for your Credit Builder Visa 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.

3 SpotMe® for Credit Builder is an optional, no interest/no fee overdraft line of credit tied to the Secured Deposit Account. SpotMe on Debit is an optional, no fee service attached to your Chime Checking Account (individually or collectively, “SpotMe”). Eligibility for SpotMe requires $200 or more in qualifying direct deposits to your Chime Checking Account each month.

Qualifying members will be allowed to overdraw their Chime Checking Account and/or their Secured Deposit Account up to $20 in total, but may be later eligible for a higher combined limit of up to $200 or more based on member’s Chime account history, direct deposit frequency and amount, spending activity and other risk-based factors. Your SpotMe Limit will be displayed to you within the Chime mobile app. You will receive notice of any changes to your SpotMe Limit. Your SpotMe Limit may change at any time, at Chime or its banking partners’ discretion. Although there are no overdraft fees, there may be out-of-network or third party fees associated with ATM transactions or OTC cash withdrawal fees at retailers. SpotMe won't cover non card transactions, including ACH transfers, Pay Anyone transfers, or Chime Checkbook transactions. SpotMe Terms and Conditions.

4 On-time payment history may 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 organizations.

5 Based on a representative study conducted by Experian®, members who made their first purchase with Credit Builder between June 2022 and October 2022 observed an average FICO® Score 8 increase of 30 points after approximately 8 months. On-time payment history can have a positive impact on your credit score. Late payment may negatively impact your credit score.

6 To apply for Credit Builder, you must have received a single qualifying direct deposit of $200 or more to your Chime® Checking Account. The qualifying direct deposit must be from your employer, payroll provider, gig economy payer, or benefits payer by Automated Clearing House (ACH) deposit OR Original Credit Transaction (OCT). Bank ACH transfers, Pay Anyone transfers, verification or trial deposits from financial institutions, peer to peer transfers from services such as PayPal, Cash App, or Venmo, mobile check deposits, cash loads or deposits, one-time direct deposits, such as tax refunds and other similar transactions, and any deposit to which Chime deems to not be a qualifying direct deposit are not qualifying direct deposits.

7 Out-of-network ATM withdrawal fees may apply except at MoneyPass ATMs in a 7-Eleven, or any Allpoint or Visa Plus Alliance ATM.

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