No annual fee, and all the credit building benefits with responsible card use
Unlike a prepaid card, it builds credit when used responsibly, with regular reporting to the 3 major credit bureaus
Access to an authorized bank account is required to make your $49, $99 or $200 refundable security deposit
Make the minimum required security deposit and you'll get an initial credit line of $200. Plus, deposit more money before your account opens to get a higher credit line
Get access to a higher credit line after making your first 5 monthly payments on time with no additional deposit needed
Easily manage your account 24/7 with online access, by phone or using our mobile app
It's a credit card accepted at millions of locations worldwide
Rates, fees & offers
APR: 26.99% Variable APR
Cash Advance APR: 26.99%, Variable
Balance transfer fee
Foreign transaction fee
Recommended credit score
Not sure which card is best for you?
By Erin El Issa
Editor's overall rating
Pros and cons
Qualify with limited / bad credit
No annual fee
No foreign transaction fee
If you have bad or no credit, a secured card is a great option to improve your credit score. Enter the Capital One® Secured Mastercard®, one of our favorite secured cards on the market. Based on your current credit score, Capital One will determine your refundable security deposit amount -- either $49, $99 or $200 -- which will get you a starter credit limit of $200. You can get a higher initial credit limit by making a larger deposit before activating your card. The maximum credit line is $1,000.
The Capital One® Secured Mastercard® has an annual fee of $0 and no foreign transaction fees. The card's APR is high: The ongoing APR is 26.99% Variable APR -- so make sure you pay your balance in full each month to avoid incurring interest.
Want to learn more about the Capital One® Secured Mastercard®? Check out our full review of the card for details.