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Secured credit cards require a secured deposit on a bank account. These cards are intended for people with limited credit history.
These credit cards are for the average consumer who needs a credit card for personal use.
After you submit your application, the issuer will review all provided information and will decide whether you qualify or not. If you qualify for an unsecured account, the issuer will send you an approval notification online. If you are approved for a secured credit account, the issuer will send you an e-mail where the amount of the security deposit will be provided. You can pay the security deposit over the phone or online using the link provided by the issuer.
To build a credit history using a secured credit card, you first of all should make sure the card will be reported to at least one credit bureau. If the card is not reported to any of the credit bureaus, then it will be useless. Most secured credit cards are reported to all three major credit bureaus monthly. So you will only need to manage your secured credit card responsibly to build good credit. For that you will need to make all due payments with all your creditors on time and keep your card balances low.
First of all, you should know your most current credit score. It is easier to find a credit card you will qualify for when you know your credit score. However, your credit score is not the only thing considered when you apply for a credit card. The way you manage other credit accounts, if you have any, defaults, bankruptcies, credit inquiries, and of course your income are also taken into account. So it is recommended to check credit reports before you apply for a credit card to make sure they are accurate and contain most current information.