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How to Apply for a Credit Card Online: 4 Easy Steps (June 2024)

How To Apply For A Credit Card Online
Lauren Keys

Written by: Lauren Keys

Lauren Keys
Lauren Keys

Edited by: Lillian Guevara-Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro
Lillian Guevara-Castro

Lillian Guevara-Castro brings more than 30 years of editing and journalism experience to the CardRates team. She has written and edited for major news organizations, including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the New York Times, and she previously served as an adjunct journalism instructor at the University of Florida. Today, Lillian edits all CardRates content for clarity, accuracy, and reader engagement.

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I was in college when I first realized the importance of establishing a credit history, and I began to explore how to apply for a credit card online. At the time, there weren’t as many guides and resources around like there are today. So I took to my laptop to peruse numerous applications and read the fine print on card offerings.

I selected a card that seemed suitable for someone with a limited credit history and waited. It wasn’t until I finally saw my name printed along the bottom of my first credit card that I realized the process of applying wasn’t as difficult as I once believed. Since that day, I’ve applied and been approved for over 50 credit cards.

Using what I’ve learned from my personal experiences, this guide will walk you through the necessary steps for getting a new credit card in your wallet as quickly and easily as possible. Because your credit rating ultimately determines which cards you’ll be approved for, I’ve also rounded up the best credit cards to apply for based on your current credit score. So, let’s dive in as we explore how to apply for credit cards online and take a look at some top picks for excellent credit, good credit, fair credit, bad credit, and even no credit.

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