How to Activate Fifth Third Bank Card at

So you just received a new debit or credit card from Fifth Third Bank. Great! But before you can start using your shiny new card, you need to activate it. Activating your card is a quick and easy process that ensures your card is ready for purchases and payments.

In this simple, step-by-step guide, we’ll walk through everything you need to know to successfully activate your Fifth Third card online or over the phone.

 Overview of Fifth Third Bank

  • Founded in 1858 and headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Operates over 1,100 branches primarily in the Midwest and Southeastern United States
  • Serves over 5 million personal banking customers
  • Offers a variety of checking accounts, savings accounts, debit cards, credit cards, and more

What You Need to Activate Your Card at

Before starting the activation process, make sure you have the following handy:

  • Your Fifth Third Bank account credentials
    • If you don’t have an online account yet, you’ll need to sign up for one first
  • The card itself with the card numbers, expiration date, and CVV code
  • Access to a computer or mobile device
  • An internet connection (recommended for online activation)

Activate Online Through

Activating online through the Fifth Third website is fast and easy. Just follow these steps:

  1. In your web browser, go to the activation site:
  2. Log in with your Fifth Third online banking username and password
  3. Enter your new card details when prompted
  4. Follow the remaining activation instructions

And that’s it! Within minutes your card will be activated and ready for use.

Forgot your login info? You can recover forgotten usernames or passwords right on the login page.

Activate Over the Phone

If you prefer to activate your card over the phone, call the Fifth Third activation line at 800-621-2554. The automated system will guide you through the following simple steps:

  1. When prompted, enter your card details including the card number, expiration date, and security code
  2. Create a Personal Identification Number (PIN) for card security
  3. Follow any remaining phone prompts to complete the activation

That’s all there is to it! Activating over the phone only takes a few quick minutes.

Frequently Asked Activation Questions

Here are answers to some common activation questions:

What is the Fifth Third debit/credit card activation number?

What information do I need to activate my card?
Your card details (card number, expiration date, CVV code) plus your banking login credentials if activating online.

Can I activate my card at an ATM?
Unfortunately card activation happens either online or over the phone. You cannot activate a Fifth Third card at an ATM.

My card isn’t working after activation. What should I do?
Contact Fifth Third’s customer service at 800-972-3030 for troubleshooting help.

Does card activation incur any fees?
Nope! Activating your Fifth Third card is always free.

So there you have it! With this handy guide, you should now feel confident activating your new Fifth Third Bank debit or credit card swiftly online or over the phone. Enjoy your fancy new plastic!