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There’s nothing fun about declaring bankruptcy, but those who emerge from it can be thankful for the opportunity to rebuild their finances without the burden of debt. Unfortunately, bankruptcy also does enormous damage to your credit, making it difficult to get approved for one of the best credit-building tools around: credit cards.

Secured credit cards are one exception, as they have lower credit requirements and can be obtained post-bankruptcy. And while they do require an upfront security deposit to open, they otherwise work just like traditional credit cards and can help you rebuild your credit.

If you need a credit card after bankruptcy, secured credit cards are worth exploring. Here are five credit cards you can get after bankruptcy:

  1. Capital One Secured Mastercard

Rewards: None

Sign-Up Bonus: None

Annual Fee: $0

Annual Percentage Rate (APR): 26.99% (Variable) APR on purchases and balance transfers.

Why We Picked It: With responsible use, cardholders can boost their buying power and their credit.

The Details: Depending on the state of your credit post-bankruptcy, a security deposit of $49, $99, or $200 will be required to open a card with a $200 credit limit. You can deposit additional funds before your account opens to access a higher line of credit. After five months of timely payments, Capital One may extend you a higher credit limit without requiring an additional deposit – this can help you further build credit, provided you don’t take it as an invitation to rack up more debt.

Drawbacks: Even for a secured card, the APR is on the higher side.

  1. OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card

OpenSky® Secured Visa® Credit Card

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on Capital Bank's secure website
Card Details
Intro Apr:
N/A

Ongoing Apr:
19.64% Variable

Balance Transfer:
N/A

Annual Fee:
$35

Credit Needed:
Fair-Poor-Bad-No Credit
Snapshot of Card Features
  • Build Your Credit fast with our monthly reporting to all 3 major credit bureaus.
  • Choose your credit line as low as $200 up to $3000, secured by a fully-refundable* security deposit.
  • Security deposit needs to be submitted before the credit card can be issued.
  • No credit check necessary and no checking account required; apply in less than 5 minutes.
  • Extra credit when you need it, increase your credit line up to $5000
  • Access to online financial education.
  • *View our Cardholder Agreement located at the bottom of the application page for details of the card. Click the Apply Now button to get to the application page.

Card Details +

Rewards: None

Sign-Up Bonus: None

Annual Fee: $0

Annual Percentage Rate (APR): 19.64% Variable

Why We Picked It: This card helps you build credit while still offering a fairly low interest rate.

The Details: You can put down a fully refundable security deposit of $200 up to $3,000. When you apply, your credit won’t be checked and you can apply in less than 5 minutes. Your responsible use of the card is reported to all three credit bureaus each month. And when you need extra credit, you may be eligible for an increase up to a $5,000 credit line.

Drawbacks: There is a $35 annual fee, which isn’t necessiarly bad in exchange for building credit.

  1. Credit One Bank® Platinum Visa® for Rebuilding Credit

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on 's secure website
Card Details
Intro Apr:

Ongoing Apr:

Balance Transfer:

Annual Fee:

Credit Needed:
Snapshot of Card Features

Card Details +

Rewards: 1% cash back rewards on eligible purchases, terms apply

Sign-Up Bonus: None

Annual Fee:

APR:

Why We Picked It: This card is accessible to those with fair, poor and bad credit as well as cash-back rewards.

The Details: This card lets you see if you might prequalify without checking your credit, so you can protect your credit score from a hard inquiry. It reports your responsible use of the card to the major credit bureaus each month to help you build your credit. And it gives you access to your Experian credit score so you can keep an eye on your credit score. Plus you earn rewards.

Drawbacks: Depending on your credit, you may have to pay an annual fee for this card.

  1. BankAmericard Secured Credit Card

Rewards: None

Sign-Up Bonus: None

Annual Fee: $39
APR: Variable 21.49% APR on purchases and balance transfers.

Why We Picked It: With responsible use, you can get your security deposit returned.

The Details: You can open this card with as little as $300, and you may get access to a credit line greater than your deposit based on your income and ability to pay. Bank of America will periodically review your account to determine if you’re eligible to have your security deposit returned.

Drawbacks: There’s a $39 annual fee.

  1. Wells Fargo Secured Credit Card

Rewards: None

Sign-Up Bonus: None

Annual Fee: $25

APR: Variable 20.24%% APR on purchases and balance transfers.

Why We Picked It: This card offers a slightly lower interest rate than many of its competitors.

The Details: A minimum security deposit of $300 is required, with your credit limit equaling your security deposit. This card boasts a lower interest rate than many other secured cards.

Drawbacks: There’s a $25 annual fee.

How to Choose a Credit Card After Bankruptcy

After a bankruptcy, improving your finances and rebuilding your credit should be your main priority. You should pick a credit card that will help you achieve that goal; if you feel that you can’t responsibly manage credit, you should wait until you’re in a better place to submit a credit card application.

Since secured credit cards require an upfront security deposit, you’ll need to determine how much money you’re able to raise. Most secured cards will give you a credit line that equals the amount of your original deposit.

While high APRs and annual fees are common with secured credit cards, you should compare rates across several cards to find the ones that are wallet-friendly.

Some cards for bad credit are designed to exploit people using unfair terms or policies that make it difficult to rebuild your finances. You may even start receiving multiple credit card offers (from legitimate and shady companies) in the mail after your bankruptcy is discharged. Watch out for red flags to avoid getting burned.

A credit card can only build credit if you use it correctly. You should keep your credit card balance below 30% of the available credit limit and make all your payments on time. If you do this, your credit can slowly begin to recover from bankruptcy.

What Credit Is Required for a Credit Card After Bankruptcy?

Secured credit cards have looser credit requirements, but approval is never guaranteed. Before you apply, you can check two of your credit scores, updated every 14 days, for free at Credit.com.

 

Note: It’s important to remember that interest rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products frequently change. As a result, rates, fees and terms for credit cards, loans and other financial products cited in these articles may have changed since the date of publication. Please be sure to verify current rates, fees and terms with credit card issuers, banks or other financial institutions directly.

At publishing time, the Capital One Secured MasterCard and The Discover it Secured Card cards are offered through Credit.com product pages, and Credit.com will be compensated if our users apply for and ultimately sign up for either of these cards. However, this relationship does not result in any preferential editorial treatment.

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