I'm working on a page that shows a card that has not yet been activated, but I need something shorter to describe the card state. "Disabled" would not be applicable because the card can be in a disabled state. This applies to a new card that needs to be activated in order to start using it.

Any help would be appreciated.

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It's commonly called an "unactivated card," as against a "live card."

"Enhancing Payment Card Security," FAQs, ABS (The Association of Banks in Singapore)

(II) Introducing first-usage alert and activation procedure for new/replacement cards
1. What do I do when I receive the new chip card?
To prevent unauthorised use of your new card should the card be intercepted or stolen in the mail, your bank will advise you whether you have been issued an "unactivated card" or a "live card":
a. "Unactivated Card" – you have to activate your card before use.
b. "Live Card" – no activation is required by you; a first usage alert may be sent to you via SMS, email or letter (on advice of your bank).

See also:
Marqeta API, Cards
Card state
UNACTIVATED         The card has been created but is non-functional. This is the initial state of a card.


Pending is suitable for language around billing and user account activation.

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