Credit Scores & Credit Monitoring What To Do About Bad Credit Building Credit Credit Cards for Rebuilding Bad Credit Which credit cards help rebuild bad credit scores By LaToya Irby LaToya Irby Facebook Twitter LaToya Irby is a credit expert who has been covering credit and debt management for The Balance for more than a dozen years. She's been quoted in USA Today, The Chicago Tribune, and the Associated Press, and her work has been cited in several books. learn about our editorial policies Updated on September 30, 2021 Reviewed by Khadija Khartit Reviewed by Khadija Khartit Twitter Website Khadija Khartit is a strategy, investment, and funding expert, and an educator of fintech and strategic finance in top universities. She has been an investor, entrepreneur, and advisor for more than 25 years. She is a FINRA Series 7, 63, and 66 license holder. learn about our financial review board Fact checked by Vikki Velasquez Fact checked by Vikki Velasquez Vikki Velasquez is a freelance copyeditor and researcher with a degree in Gender Studies. Previously, she conducted in-depth research on social and economic issues such as housing, education, wealth inequality, and the historical legacy of Richmond VA as well as their intersectionality while working for a community leadership nonprofit. Vikki leverages her nonprofit experience to enhance the quality and accuracy of Dotdash's content. learn about our editorial policies Photo: Allison Michael Orenstein/The Image Bank/Getty Images To rebuild a bad credit history, you must begin adding positive information to your credit score. The more positive information you can add, the more your credit score will improve. The trouble is finding credit cards for rebuilding bad credit. The majority of credit cards on the market are for people with good to excellent credit scores. Finding credit cards for rebuilding credit isn’t always easy. But, there are some credit cards out there that approve people who are rebuilding their credit. Secured credit cards for rebuilding bad credit Secured credit cards are good options for rebuilding credit because they typically don’t require a credit check. Secured credit cards behave like regular credit cards. The difference is that you have a security deposit against the credit limit on the card. The deposit is put into a savings account and only used if you default on your credit card. Otherwise, your purchases go against your credit limit. If you have enough money for a security deposit, then you can get a secured credit card. Your deposit could be as low as $49 on the Capital One Secured MasterCard. The Discover it Secured Credit Card, which is a rewards secured card, is another great option for rebuilding your credit. There are several other good secured credit cards on the market - the Secured Visa from Merrick Bank is one. Look for a secured card that reports to the major credit bureaus, has low annual fees, and converts to an unsecured credit card after a period of timely payments. Other Credit Card Options Retail credit cards are an option, but the high-interest rate and limited use make them less attractive than other credit cards for rebuilding credit. If you're approved for retail credit cards, you'll likely have a very low credit limit, around $100 to $300. You may be able to have your credit limit increased periodically as you use your card responsibly and pay it on time each month. Several months of positive payments with a retail card can help you qualify for something better. Watch out for credit cards that charge extremely high annual fees relative to the credit limit – like a $125 annual fee for a $500 credit limit. These fee harvester cards take advantage of consumers with bad credit, who have trouble qualifying for credit elsewhere. The high cost isn't worth the small benefit. Finally, prepaid cards are a credit card or checking account alternative that can be used to make credit card and debit card type purchases. However, these cards don’t improve your credit score – at least not the mainstream credit score that most lenders use to approve your applications. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Tell us why! Other Submit Sources The Balance uses only high-quality sources, including peer-reviewed studies, to support the facts within our articles. Read our editorial process to learn more about how we fact-check and keep our content accurate, reliable, and trustworthy. Capital One. "Secured Mastercard® From Capital One." Experian. "Do Prepaid Credit Cards Help Credit Scores?"