Metal credit cards are a popular class of cards within the world of credit cards. We can trace them back to the Centurion Card from American Express (also called the “Black Card”), which popularized this trend.
Whether a card expires or an account for a metal card is closed, destroying a metal credit card isn’t as simple as cutting it up with scissors or bending and snapping it (hello, Legally Blonde).
How to dispose of metal credit cards is important as issuers might have their own requirements, but it’s also a way to protect personal information. Here’s how to safely do it.
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Mail it back to the issuer
The simplest and safest way to dispose of a metal credit card is to return it to the issuer. If your metal credit card is up for renewal, chances are the issuer will send a prepaid envelope for the old card when mailing out the new card. If you do not receive a prepaid envelope or close your account, then call or send a secure message to your issuer to request a prepaid envelope to safely dispose of the card.
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A few years back, my Sapphire Reserve was coming up on its expiration. Two months before my card expiration, Chase mailed me a new card, along with a prepaid envelope, which I was able to use to dispose of my expiring card.
Drop it off at a branch
For credit card issuers who have physical locations such as Chase or U.S. Bank, you can walk into any branch and hand your card to an employee; simply ask to dispose of the card because it has expired or you have closed the account. Dropping off a metal credit card at the issuer’s branch will ensure your name and card information will be secure and handled appropriately.
Destroy the credit card yourself
If you would rather destroy the metal credit card yourself, there are some things to remember.
Firstly, metal cards cannot be shredded with your typical at-home paper shredder; attempting to do so can damage the device.
Additionally, metal credit cards from Chase explicitly state “Do not shred” on the back. You cannot cut metal credit cards with regular scissors, so you may want to get a pair of tin scissors to do the job.
We wouldn’t recommend trying to bend it until it snaps, as you may injure yourself with flying shards or sharp cuts.
If you choose to destroy it yourself, get creative; however, be safe, as you don’t want to get hurt while attempting to destroy the card.
Metal credit cards are a neat touch to anyone’s wallet and continue to impress people who have yet to see one. If you need to destroy or dispose of your metal credit card, you can always contact the issuer for help.
Although it may not be as easy as destroying a plastic credit card, you can try to safely destroy a metal card on your own; just know it may require tools like tin scissors or other creative methods.