RBC Card Activate

The Fastest Way to Activate an RBC Credit Card

Have you been approved for a new credit card through RBC? Congratulations! Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) is one of largest lenders in Canada, and they offer their customers a wide selection of great credit card options. We’re certain you’ll enjoy your new credit card and all of the advantages that it has to offer, but the first step is to activate it!

Royal Bank of Canada makes several credit cards available for its customers, and their purposes range from personal cards to student and business credit cards. A selection of rewards cards is available within these lines, including travel rewards and cash back cards.

Activate Your Card Online

If you’re looking for the easiest way to activate your new card, then you’ll want to use the convenient online activation option. Take this link to the RBC online activation website and enter your credit card information in the boxes indicated. Once you’ve filled in all of the required details, click “Begin Your Activation” to commence the process. You’ll need to enter a few more details in the steps that follow, but the entire process should take only a few minutes. At this point, you’ll also be given the option to sign up for RB online banking.

If you’re already an RBC customer and you’ve signed up for online banking in the past, then you can bypass the above process and activate your card through your existing account. Simply sign into your RBC account and head to the Account Summary page. Within your Account Details, you’ll find an option to activate your credit card.

Activating Your RBC Credit Card Over the Phone

We recommend activating your card online for the fastest processing (instructions for online activation can be found below), but if you find yourself without an internet connection, you can activate over the phone.

You need only contact RBC customer service to proceed with your card activation. Begin by dialing the toll-free number that applies to your situation:

  • 1 (877) 900-5900 for personal or business credit cards.
  • 1 (888) 769-2597 for private banking cards.

Once you’ve been connected with an account specialist or the automated system, you will be walked through the brief process of getting your card up and running. (You may be given the option of choosing BalanceProtector, an optional account protection service, but you’re not required to sign up.)

Quick & Easy Activation Instructions

This link takes you to RBC’s activation portal. You can activate your card quickly and easily by entering your card details and verifying your identity.

Tips for New Credit Card Users:

  • To decrease the likelihood of identity theft, sign the back of your card before using it.
  • Be sure to read your cardholder agreement carefully.

Get the most out of your new card! Familiarize yourself with all of the card’s benefits and use them; sometimes perks like car rental insurance or roadside assistance are buried in the fine print of the cardholder agreement.