How do you activate a gift card?

Take the gift card to the cashier and say the amount that you want to load onto the card if it doesn’t have a set amount specified. The cashier will load and activate the gift card as you purchase it. If you have any questions about the terms and conditions, or the expiry date of the gift card, ask the cashier.

The most common reasons are that the card hasn’t been activated, the cashier is running the wrong type of transaction, the dollar amount being charged is greater than the card’s balance or the credit card processing machine is bumping up the charge amount to either place a hold on the card or to allow for a gratuity.

It’s easy to activate your new debit or ATM card the next time you log in to TD Bank Online Banking. Visit the Account Services page and look for the link under Card & Account Settings. You’ll be prompted to select which card and then provide some basic info: Last-4 of SSN for an ATM card.

Use the website listed on the back of the card if there’s no sticker. If isn’t a specific activation link listed on a sticker, you can flip the card over and find the website of the issuing vendor. The vendor’s website should contain a link to activate a gift card. Enter your information to register your card.

Can my TD Bank Visa Gift Card be used for online, smart phone and telephone purchases? Yes, the card needs to be registered and the name and billing address for the purchase must match the name and address for which the card was registered. It’s easy to register your card.

A gift card that is not activated will definitely not be accepted at the cash register.

If you use gift cards, be sure to keep your eyes open so you don’t become a victim. Gift cards have no value until activated, so they aren’t usually under lock and key at the store. This makes them very easy to steal.

Many Visa Gift Cards are activated automatically upon purchase and may be used immediately. However, some Visa Gift Cards must be activated by the recipient before they can be used. Be sure to sign in the designated area on the back before making your first purchase.

There are a number of possible reasons why a purchase could be declined: You don’t have enough money left on your card. You haven’t activated or registered your card. The address you gave to make an online or phone purchase is different from the address you have on file with your prepaid card provider.