The minimum Citibank credit card requirements include being at least 18 years old with a valid U.S. address and enough income to make credit card payments. Most Citi credit cards require good credit or better (a credit score of 700+), but there are options for lower credit scores as well. While online applications require a Social Security number (SSN), some Citi credit cards also accept an ITIN along with a copy of a passport, or government-issued ID for applications submitted in Citibank branches.
Here are the Citi credit card requirements:
Age: Applicants must be at least 18 years old. The Credit CARD Act emphasizes that applicants under 21 need to be able to prove that they have an independent source of income that is enough to make credit card payments. If you're under 18, you may become an authorized user on someone else's Citi credit card account.
SSN: Online applicants require a Social Security Number. Some Citi credit cards accept an ITIN along with copies of passports, national ID's or other government-issued ID's as substitutes. But these applications will have to be submitted in a Citibank branch. To find out more about which credit cards and branches accept applications with no SSN's, call Citibank's application department at (800) 456-4277.
Personal and financial information: Applicants are required to provide personal information such as their name, address, phone number, email, country of citizenship, and date of birth. The address on the application has to be a physical location, and not a P.O. Box. In addition to this, Citibank also asks for financial information such your total annual income (this can include salary, wages, interest, dividends, rental income, retirement benefits and more), and monthly mortgage/rent payments.
Credit requirements: In addition to general requirements, each Citi credit card has its own requirements with regard to creditworthiness. Most Citi credit cards will require at least good credit (a score of 700+) for approval, but there are options for a broader spectrum of credit scores.
Citibank verifies all info provided on the applications to ensure each applicant meets its minimum credit card requirements. If you knowingly report any inaccurate or misleading information on a credit card application, you are committing fraud.
You need a credit score of at least 700 for a Citi credit card in most cases. That means applicants for Citi credit cards need at least good credit to be approved. But it really depends on which card you’re after. Some Citi credit cards require higher scores, and one accepts applicants with limited credit history.… read full answer
Below, you can see what Citi cards your credit score will allow you to pursue, along with other information about approval.
Citi credit score requirements:
Limited History: For those with little or no credit history, the Citi Secured is a good option. A refundable security deposit of $200 is required. It doesn’t give any rewards, but it does offer a $0 annual fee and can help you rebuild your credit.
Excellent credit (750 and up): You’ll be eligible for all of Citi’s cards with a score in this range, assuming your income and other information check out. But the only excellent-credit-only option is the Costco Credit Card (cash back oriented, offering 1 - 4% cash back on different spending categories).
Other requirements: It takes more than just a good enough credit score to get Citi credit card approval. In particular, you need enough income to pay the monthly bills, along with your existing debts. You’ll also need a valid Social Security number (or ITIN) and U.S. mailing address.
If you’re not sure which Citi credit card you’ll be able to qualify for, it’s easy to get pre-qualified for a credit card online. Citi might also send a pre-qualified credit card offer to potential customers. But while this increases your chances for approval, it does not guarantee it. If you have received such an offer, visit Citi’s web page and enter your invitation code and last name to apply.
Also, keep in mind that applying for a Citi or any other credit card triggers hard inquiries and can temporarily lower your score - the more inquiries over a short period of time, the more damage to your score. So it’s best to know where you stand before applying for any credit card. You can check your credit score and track your progress for free, right here on WalletHub.
There is no minimum credit score to get a credit card, if any credit card will do. Some credit card companies don’t even check applicants’ credit history, and the main approval requirement is that you earn more money than you spend. So it’s certainly possible to get a credit card even if you have a very low credit score or no credit score at all.… read full answer
But there is a difference between getting approved for a credit card in general and getting one of the better offers.
The credit score needed for credit card approval ultimately depends on which specific card you want to get. Most of the time, credit card companies have a credit score tier they’re looking for, and applicants will need a score in the required tier (or higher) for a good chance of approval. The tiers are bad, fair, good and excellent.
The thing is, credit cards require scores that are a bit higher than the traditional minimum for each tier in the overall credit score range, according to WalletHub’s research. So for each credit tier, you can see a “traditional” score range and a “WalletHub recommended” score range below.
Here is the credit score needed for a credit card at each level:
One way to estimate your credit card approval odds is to check for pre-approval. Many major issuers will allow you to check for free. It won’t hurt your credit score. And you’ll get a pretty good idea of your chances. Plus, if you’re not sure what your score is yet, you can check your latest credit score for free on WalletHub. You’ll also get personalized credit card recommendations with high approval odds.
Just remember that having a qualifying credit score does not guarantee credit card approval. The credit card application process takes many other factors into account. Payment history, existing debt and income play big roles, too.
The easiest Citi card to get is the Citi® Secured Mastercard® because it is the only one that will accept applicants with limited credit (less than 3 years of credit history). This card requires a $200 refundable security deposit but has a $0 annual fee. It also helps build credit history with monthly reporting to all three major credit bureaus… read full answer (TransUnion, Equifax and Experian).
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However, there are a number of store cards that also make it among the easiest Citi cards to get. Citi store cards require at least fair credit (a credit score of 640+) for approval. But purchases are limited to the affiliated merchant or its website. The Best Buy® Store Card and the Shell Gas Card, for instance, are among the many store cards that also have a full-fledged co-branded version on either the Visa or Shell Credit Card network, which can be used anywhere the network is accepted. Those cards aren’t as easy to get as the store versions, as they require at least good credit.
To get the Shell Gas Card, you need fair credit or better (a credit score of 640+). It has a $0 annual fee. Offers savings: 30¢ per gallon (up to 35 gallons) on your first 5 Shell fuel purchases made by 6/30/2023, after that 10¢ per gallon (up to 20 gallons) every time you fill up, 10% Shell rebates on your first $1,200 Shell non-fuel purchases (per year).
The Sears Store Card requires fair credit or better (a credit score of 640+). It has a $0 annual fee.
The easiest Citi cards to get come with limitations. They offer low minimum credit limits, high interest rates and few rewards and benefits. And with the Citi store cards, beware of deferred interest promotions. Deferred interest means that there’s 0% interest as long as the balance gets paid in full by the end of the promotion. If it’s not paid in full, Citibank charges interest on the original purchase amount from the date of purchase, at the card’s regular APR.
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