Today, were excited to introduce the first US-issued bitcoin debit card, the Shift Card. The Shift Card is a VISA debit card that currently allows Coinbase users in twenty-four states in the U.S. to spend bitcoin online and offline at over 38 million merchants worldwide.
Merchant adoption has come a long way over the past few years, but its still difficult for people to make regular purchases with bitcoin. Buying gas at a local gas station or groceries at a neighborhood grocery store with bitcoin has not been possible in most cities in the U.S. Thanks to Shift Payments, its now possible to use bitcoin to buy gas, groceries, and much more. With the Shift Card, you can now spend bitcoin anywhere in the world that VISA is accepted.
The Shift Card is now shipping to people in eligible states. You can get your Shift Card by completing the two-step sign up here:
Connect your Coinbase account
Order the card by providing your physical address and authorizing the $10* issuance fee
*the fee is paid for in bitcoin
For a limited time, there are no fees associated with domestic merchant transactions beyond the one-time $10 issuance fee (a complete fee schedule can be found here). In the future, we may charge a fee to Shift for the conversion of bitcoin, which Shift may pass to you.
Shift uses Coinbase Connect to make bitcoin more useful to 2.8M+ Coinbase users. Weve enjoyed working with the Shift team and are excited to start using the card ourselves this holiday season!