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Having a credit card can be quite beneficial on various occasions. It is not only an advantage in terms of dealing with online bills and payments but also helps you to build a good credit history based on how you use it. Credit cards have grown into a popular choice for many and a necessity that most people cannot do without. There are still people who are new to this mode of payment and wish to have one of their own. The catch is that banks may be reluctant to give it to someone without a credit history.
An important requirement for new applicants for credit cards is age. A new applicant must be mandatorily over 21 years of age. So if you are fresh in college and wish to have your own card, you will need to get a co-signor such as a parent or an older sibling to authorize you to have a card. Being allowed a card as a co-signor will mean that both parties will be affected in case you fail to make payments on time or overspend and cross your credit limit. It will also give the other party the rights to control your use of the credit card.
As a new applicant for a credit card you will need to consider getting all your paperwork in order. One important requirement is that you convince the banks or creditors of your eligibility for the card. There is a need to paint a stable picture of your finances if you want them to offer you a card. So the first requirement is to have records to prove you financial stability and abilities to pay the monthly dues. One way to do this would be through your monthly pay slip. Ideally you could apply from a bank that has been doing transactions with you and where you have a regular checking account. This will convince them of your financial security.
The new applicants for a credit card will have to submit pertinent documents which are required to be approved for a credit card. There will be a proof of address required as well as age and employment. Once all these documents have been given, the bank will scan and let you know what card you are eligible for as per your credit score. If you have a credit score that is good then you will get a low interest card.