Short Answer: Many local banks and credit unions offer custom debit cards and personalized credit cards at no additional cost. A few national banks, such as BB&T, M&T, Wells Fargo, and Capital One, also offer custom debit cards and personalized credit cards.
Custom prepaid debit cards are available from GiftCards.com, Gift Card Mall, Greenlight, and Netspend. Fees range from $4.95 to nearly $10.
And, you can get personalized gift cards from select national retailers such as Dunkin’ and Tim Hortons for between $1 and $3 extra in fees.
For more details on where to get custom debit cards, credit cards, prepaid debit cards, and gift cards, see below.
Where to Get Custom Debit Cards
Numerous local banks and credit unions offer customizable debit cards. A few we found are HarborOne Bank in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, Heartland Bank in Illinois, and TruMark Financial Credit Union in Pennsylvania. To find out if your local bank or credit union offers customizable cards, contact the bank’s customer service department or visit a branch location.
While there aren’t as many large, national financial institutions that offer custom debit cards, BB&T allows account holders to design their own cards for free; you can even add a profile picture to the card for security. M&T Bank also offers custom cards.
Where custom debit cards are available, there are typically no extra fees. Your design will, however, need to pass through your bank’s approval process to ensure the image is appropriate and follows the required upload guidelines. In most cases, you can expect to receive your card within four to 10 business days.
Where to Get Personalized Credit Cards
Options for personalized credit cards are also somewhat limited. Two large banks that do allow you to upload custom credit card designs are Wells Fargo and Capital One. Like custom debit cards, you’ll need to upload a design or image and wait for approval. Once your design is approved, you can expect to receive your card in a few business days. There are typically no additional fees to customize a credit card.
While you can’t upload your own image, Discover offers a selection of specialized designs you can choose from.
Modifying Existing Credit Cards
There are a select few third-party businesses that can help you modify or decorate an existing credit card.
Lion Credit Card and Metal-CreditCard.com will take an unactivated card, transfer the EMV chip and magnetic strip to a new card, and recast it in metal. You can engrave bespoke designs on your metal card and even have it cast in 24-karat gold. Costs range anywhere from $100 to more than $300, depending on the details of your customization.
For a less expensive option, CUCU Colors sells customizable stick-on covers that go on top of your debit, credit, or gift cards. You can choose from a selection of designs for about $7 or upload your own image for about $8.
Custom Prepaid Debit Cards
A number of national and online retailers offer personalized Visa gift cards and Mastercard gift cards that you can customize by uploading your own picture to use as the card’s backdrop. While some retailers list these prepaid debit cards as gift cards, they work the same as a prepaid card. You can buy custom prepaid debit cards from the following retailers:
- GiftCards.com: GiftCards.com offers custom Visa gift cards and custom Mastercard gift cards. Fees to upload your own design or logo range from around $4.95 to $7.95, depending on the value of the card.
- Gift Card Mall: You can design your own Visa gift card at Gift Card Mall for a fee of around $5.95.
- Greenlight: Greenlight offers customizable prepaid debit cards for kids. It costs around $9.99 to customize your card.
- Netspend: You can customize your prepaid Netspend Card for a $4.95 customization fee.
Personalized Gift Cards
There is typically an additional fee to personalize a retailer gift card. For example, Tim Hortons charges a $2.99 fee for a personalized gift card, Dunkin’ charges $1 for a personalized gift card, and Marcus Theatres charges $2 for a personalized gift card. Much like with banks, retailers will approve or deny your design; designs are subject to image guidelines and requirements.
To find about where to buy gift cards nearby, see our related article.