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Yes, you can get a credit card without a checking account. When you go through a credit card application process where a credit check is performed, the issuer verifies your income information, employment, and credit history to determine your eligibility. Therefore, you don't usually need a bank account. However, if a credit card has upfront fees, for example, a security deposit, you may need an active bank account to pay that fee. However, some credit card issuers offer more than one way to pay an upfront fee. They may allow you to use a wire transfer or money order to pay fees.