Set up and start using your credit card

You’ve received your new credit card and want to start using it. Here are some tips to get your credit card ready to use and take advantage of all its benefits.

1. Sign your card

Why sign when you have a PIN? Shop assistants need your signature if they have to manually process your sale, or if you’re travelling overseas to a location that doesn’t accept PINs.

Signature-only cards

If you find it challenging to use a PIN on your credit or debit card due to a disability or medical condition, we have 'signature-only' cards.

Signature-only cards let you make a purchases in person, using a signature instead of a PIN. Call us to order one on 13 22 65.

Unblock your card

Already a NAB customer? You can start using your card immediately.

If you're new to NAB and didn’t complete an identity check when you applied, you'll need to unblock your card.

To do this, take your 100 points of ID to your nearest NAB branch so we can confirm your identity before using your card.

Here's a list of ID types you can use:

  • Birth certificate, passport or citizenship certificate (70 points each).
  • Driver's licence, social security card or proof of age card (70 points each).
  • Medicare card (30 points).

2. Change your temporary PIN

If you want to change the PIN you received with your card, go to your nearest NAB ATM and change it to something that’s secure but easy to remember.

Avoid choosing obvious numbers like:

  • your date of birth
  • digits from your telephone number
  • repeating characters (like 2222)
  • using digits in sequence (like 1234)
  • other numbers people might know or guess easily.

Tips

How to keep your credit card and identity safe

3. Set up your online banking

It’s easy to manage your credit card account online on any device when you register for NAB Internet Banking. You can download our Mobile Banking app too to make banking even more convenient. Here are some of the things you can do online.

Internet Banking

  • Set up a direct debit to pay your credit card on time each month.
  • Set up an SMS or email payment reminders using NAB Alerts.
  • Register to get your statements online and view or print them quickly and easily.
  • Block, unblock and re-order lost, stolen or damaged cards.
  • Opt in to receive credit limit increase invitations.
  • Add an additional cardholder.
  • Complete a balance transfer.

Mobile Banking app

  • Customise card settings to switch Visa payWave, online shopping, and overseas purchases on and off at the swipe of a finger.
  • Block, unblock and replace lost, stolen or damaged cards.
  • Turn on an overseas travel notification to help us protect your accounts from fraud.
  • Set up Quick Balance to view account balances without logging in.

Register for NAB Internet Banking

If you’re new to NAB Internet Banking, the first step is to register. This will get you on your way to managing your money 24/7. Then all you’ll need is your NAB ID and security code.
Register now

Already have NAB Internet Banking?

Download the NAB Mobile Banking app straight away.

4. Get ready to make purchases

Download the mobile app and set up NAB Pay

If you have an Android phone and want to make contactless payments with your NAB Visa credit or debit card, NAB Pay lets you tap and pay on the go so you don’t have to carry cards everywhere. NAB Pay is just as secure as using Visa payWave.

For payments $100 or over, you'll need to enter your card's PIN.

How to use NAB Pay

Add an additional cardholder

This is another way to maximise credit card rewards points if you have a rewards credit card.

You can easily set up an additional cardholder when you register and login to Internet Banking.

The person you nominate to use your account must be over 16 years old. It’s your credit card account and as the primary cardholder, you're responsible for all use of the account, including transactions made by the additional cardholder. Remember, you’re responsible for the debt.

Do a balance transfer

If you forgot to request a balance transfer when you applied, call us on 13 22 65.

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Link your credit card to your cheque or savings accounts

Why carry more than one card at a time? Use one card to access money in all your transaction accounts as well as your credit account. Call 13 22 65 and ask us to link your credit card to your other accounts you use to withdraw from at an ATM or EFTPOS.

Link your rewards program to your card

NAB Rewards

When you apply for a NAB Rewards credit card earning NAB Rewards points you’ll be automatically set up to start earning points as soon as you use your card.

Our other reward programs

When you apply for a NAB credit card that earns points with our other rewards programs, include your rewards program membership number in your application. Then we can link your card(s) to your rewards membership, before we send them to you.

If you already have a NAB credit card but haven’t told us your rewards membership number, contact us on 13 22 65 so we can link your card to your rewards program membership.

Use your platinum card benefits

Make sure you're using all the features and benefits of your credit card to their fullest. For example, our range of platinum cards offer additional benefits like:

5. Get ready to make your payments

Decide on a payment method

Here are the ways you can make a payment to your credit card.

  • Set up a direct debit through Internet Banking from your everyday account.
  • Transfer funds from your everyday NAB account each month using Internet Banking, Telephone Banking, a NAB ATM or your Mobile Banking app.
  • Visit your nearest NAB branch.
  • Pay at any Australia Post outlet displaying the Bank@PostTM sign. You'll need your credit card and PIN.
  • Send us a cheque (allow 2-3 business days from receipt of cheque for funds to clear).

Set up reminders and automatic payments

We recommend you either set up an email or SMS payment reminder using NAB Alerts or a direct debit through internet banking to avoid missing a payment, especially if you’re going on holidays.

If you’re switching from another bank to NAB, here's a handy list of service providers to make changing your direct debits easier.

Register for online statements

Do something for the environment today. Register to get your statements online instead of a paper copy.

Learn how to read your credit card statement

You're ready to go

Now you're set up ready to start using your card. Enjoy!

Manage my card has more handy information to help you use your card.

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