Venmo Launches Debit Card For Real-World Payments

Venmo has launched a debit card for real-world payments, meaning you can load up your Venmo balance and use it anywhere you see fit, whether that's at a restaurant or at a department store. Venmo's new debit card is a Mastercard debit card with a chip, so payments should be more secure and instead of having to transfer your balance out to your checking account you can use this card instead. It comes in a variety of different colors, six in total, which includes white, black, pink, blue, green, and yellow, so you can pick your favorite and personalize the experience of using it.

Since it's a Mastercard the Venmo Card will work anywhere a Mastercard is accepted in the U.S., which is essentially where you can use a debit card so you won't have to worry about the card not being compatible at most major retailers. Venmo has loaded the card with features just like users can load their balance with funds. In fact, one of the features is that it pulls funds from whatever account you have linked to the card so if your Venmo balance is low you can still use it. Keeping this in mind to use this feature you'll need to have a linked account and there will have to be funds in it.

It's also possible to use the Venmo card at ATM machines in the U.S. if you need to grab cash. While most place will accept debit and credit cards, some places still accept cash only for payment, and if you didn't bring a debit card with you the Venmo card will suffice as a means to getting the cash you need. To keep things as secure as possible the card purchases will show up in your Venmo app details, and any time the card is swiped or inserted you'll get a notification from the app that it was used, though only if you have the notifications for Venmo turned on. You can also disable the card from the app if you lose it so it can't be used, ensuring that your balance stays at what it's supposed to until you get a new card. The card is already available but it is in a limited release state, meaning you'll need to reserve a spot to get one for the time being.

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