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Some online prepaid gift card administrator websites require you to activate your prepaid gift card before you can use it.

One of these websites is -Activation Required

If ‘ –Activation Required’ is printed on the back of your card oron a sticker on the card, then yes, you have to activate it first. You must activate the Visa card on the card’s associated online platform before you can use it.

However, different platforms have different rules. For example, cards are activated at the point of purchase. But, as mentionened, Visa and Mastercards distributed by are sold with a sticker on the back of the card that reads ‘ -Activation Required.’,

How do I activate my Prepaid Gift Card?

  1. Look at the back of your card or in the packaging for which Gift Card online website to visit.
  2. Visit the recommend website in your web browser, for example
  3. Click on ‘I Have A Card’, o ‘Card Activation’, if you have a physical Visa or Mastercard gift card.
  4. Enter you 16 digit Visa or Mastercard card number.
  5. Enter the Card Expiration Date  (Date found on the front of the card). Enter the date as MM/YY.
  6. Enter your Security Code/CVV Code.  This is the 3-digit code found on the back of Discover, Mastercard and Visa prepaid cards.
  7. Click on ‘Activate Card’. - activation required
Example of the ‘ – Activation Required’ instructions on the back of a prepaid Visa gift card. Note: We are not affiliated with This image is meant as a help illustration only.

Note: If you have received a Virtual Gift Card as a reward, then click on ‘Enter Code’, or similar, to activate your virtual card. Then, under Redeem your Code, enter the gift card code that you have received in your welcome email.

Note: Most prepaid gift card issuers do not require you to activate your card before use. For example, Visa and Mastercards that are distributed by, and can be used without card activation, but we recommend that you register your card on the associated website to enable online use.

Note: We are not affiliated with This page is a help page for informational use only.


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