If for some reason you don’t have a Social Security Number (SSN) or you don’t want to provide one, it’s still possible to use Cash App. However, you’ll have a limited account until you verify it by, among other things, providing the last four digits of your SSN.
If you don’t even have an SSN, I’ll show you how to get it or which debit cards without SSN are the best. You can use one of these debit cards to connect to your Cash App account.
How to Open Cash App Account
It’s easy to sign up for a Cash App account and involves the subsequent steps:
- Download App for Android or iOS, or on the website
- Type in your mobile number
- Enter the code you get sent
- Connect the bank account by adding the card information
- Enter your name
- Select a $Cashtag
- Type in your postcode
What Are The Cash App Account Limits
If you don’t have a verified Cash App account, you’ll have some limits imposed on your account. In the US, the limits for sending and receiving are up to $1,000 within any 30 days. And in the UK, the limit is £250 per week to send and £500 to receive money.
As you can see, the limits aren’t too bad, especially if you aren’t intending to use the Cash app to receive your paycheck. We don’t recommend it for that purpose anyway as there are many, and I mean many, better solutions on the market.
However, if the monthly limit of $1,000 isn’t enough for you, you can increase them easily. For that, however, you’ll need a valid SSN.
How to Check Your Cash App Limits
To see what your actual account limits are, merely open the Cash App and tap on the balance icon ($). Here, you’ll be presented with the Limits menu. When you enter it, you’ll find your send and receive limits, and how much you can add or cash out.
How to Increase Cash App Limits
To raise your Cash App limits, you’ll have to verify your account by giving your DOB, full name, and, yes, the last four digits of your Social Security Number.
This is also needed to get the Cash Card, as you can’t apply for one unless you verify your account.
I have to warn you that you might have to supply further information if Block (Cash App’s owner) can’t verify it using the above info. It’s standard procedure, though and the app isn’t special in this regard.
There’s also the blue verification badge that’s reserved for brands, public figures, celebrities, and other accounts of public interest. The badge helps you distinguish between real accounts and scammers, for instance.
What Can You Do With Cash App
With tens of millions of users in the United States, you might be wondering what’s so special about Cash App. Once you have some money in the app account, you can:
- Send and receive money to/from friends
- Pay for stuff online or in-store
- Buy and sell stocks
- Buy and sell Bitcoin
This last part, trading Bitcoin, is one of the most popular parts of the app since it was introduced a couple of years ago.
What Cards Does Cash App Support?
Cash App supports all major debit and credit cards. Including the ones from Mastercard, Visa, American Express, and Discover.
Most prepaid cards are also supported, but depositing to these cards does not work. That’s important to note for the lower part of this article where we recommend debit cards without SSN.
At this time, Cash App doesn’t support PayPal, ATM cards, and business debit cards.
Debit Cards Without Social Security Number
The reality is, you don’t actually need an SSN to apply for most prepaid debit cards on the market. And, the beauty is, you can connect the said card to your Cash App account.
However, you might not be able to deposit money to the debit card and just use it to connect to the app and to top up your Cash App so you can send money to friends and family.
Anyway, here are three of the best prepaid debit cards that you can connect to Cash App that don’t require SSN.
1. Cheese Debit Card
- No SSN required
- US address, passport & valid visa to register
- $5 signup bonus
- Earn up to 10% cashback with every purchase
- Early paycheck
- No incoming wire transfer fee
- No maintenance fees, minimum balance
- No ATM fees
Cheese is a checking account and debit card that targets mainly immigrants, Asian Americans, and even people who want to support Asian American communities.
It’s FDIC insured, which means you’d get your money back, up to $250,000, if the company goes bust. There are also no credit, background, or SSN checks to apply for the account.
The stand out feature is that you can get up to 10% cashback at more than 10,000 stores and Asian-owned restaurants and businesses.
Read more in our full Cheese review.
2. Bluebird American Express Prepaid Debit Account
- No credit check or SSN requirement
- Simplified checking account with little to no fees
- No foreign transactions fee
- No maintenance fees
- Simple account management tools and services
- Fee for a withdrawal at a non-MoneyPass ATM
- Every transaction has a spending limit
- AMEX may not be accepted at every merchant
This popular prepaid debit card and account accepts an ITIN if you don’t have a Social Security number. The card doesn’t come with almost any fees, unlike numerous prepaid cards on the US market.
Bluebird is also a major credit card company and payment network and is highly rated for its prepaid debit cards and accounts. You can withdraw money for free at any MoneyPass ATM.
3. Mango Prepaid Mastercard
- No credit or SSN check
- Possible monthly maintenance fee
- Easy to fund and reload
- Fees for common activities
- Open a linked high-yield savings account
- Mobile app
The Mango prepaid account accepts a national ID number instead of SSN and has no credit checks. It also has a high-yield savings account attached to it and a mobile app.
You can fund the account and card through your PayPal account, at Green Dot Bank retailers, via direct deposit, etc.
What is SSN And How Can I Get One?
SSN stands for social security number and is a nine-digit numeral that all US citizens are given after birth and that immigrant residents are qualified to obtain under specific circumstances.
The US government uses it to follow your earnings and to establish your social security benefits.
How to Apply For It (As An Immigrant)?
Before even coming to the United States, you can apply in your home country when applying for an immigrant visa with the US Department of State.
If you apply for an SSN with your immigrant visa application, you might not have to visit a Social Security office in the US.
You also may qualify for an SSN without recognizing it. Non-citizens that are authorized to work in the US by the Department of Homeland Security can qualify for an SSN, as can non-citizens under some other occasions.
Adrian Volenik is a fintech enthusiast who loves testing and reviewing digital banking apps and financial products in general. How many digital banking accounts can one man have? Not enough, if you ask Adrian. As his wallet will soon explode if he doesn’t cut back on the number of cards.