How long does a debit card take?

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<li><p>Say I were to register for a debit card from Chase Manhattan Bank or Citi. How long would it take before I receive the card? Would I be given the card information earlier, before I receive the card itself (in order to purchase stuff online). </p></li>
<li><p>If I am under 18 years old, could I still set up an account deposit (for a debit card NOT a credit card)?</p></li>
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<p>Don't these questions sound like things you should ask at your bank branch?</p>

<p>naa just trying to find advise from pplz who gone through the process =D</p>

<p>I sent 2 emails to the banks and their responses were the most generic mails ever. At first i thought it was an "auto-reply"</p>

<p>Don't email, if you can. I mean, actually walk into a branch and talk to someone. Or even call, Chase is pretty good about giving answers out over the phone.</p>

<p>I applied for a Bank of America debit card (they have a student plan, which, I'm sure other banks also have) and received temporary card the same day. My actual one came in the mail a week or so later. </p>

<p>And I think you can apply for one, as long as you take a parent? I'm not sure. I have several friends who got their debit cards at like 16.</p>

<p>I got a debit card when I was 13, so I'm sure you can do it...And also from my sister's experience if your 18 you should probably get a credit card b/c she didn't and then when she tried to buy a house she had no credit history and couldn't get a loan without a co-signer/then didn't get the 8000 grant that the government had going for new homebuyers in April. So I'll be getting a credit card before college</p>