What is an Activation ID?


A PayPerks Activation ID is a set of letters and numbers some cardholders will need to link a Direct Express card with PayPerks. It will look like 99-ABCD-1234, but be unique to you.

You will only need a PayPerks Activation ID if the first 4 numbers of your Direct Express card are "5332." If the first 4 numbers of your Direct Express card are "5115," then you do not need a PayPerks Activation ID. Click here to learn more about linking a card that starts with 5115.

If your Direct Express card starts with 5332, the fastest way to find your PayPerks Activation ID is in the Direct Express website (www.usdirectexpress.com) or mobile app (available for Androids and iPhones).  

  • On the website, you'll see your PayPerks Activation ID at the top of the main page after you login.  
  • On the mobile app, click on PayPerks and the number will be on the center of the screen.
  • On both the website and the mobile app, if you click the PayPerks button or link, your PayPerks Activation ID will follow you to PayPerks automatically!

If you recently received a new Direct Express card starting with 5332 in the mail, your PayPerks Activation ID is also printed in the top right corner of the paper your card was attached to.

If you call the number on the back of your card, an agent will be able to tell you your PayPerks Activation ID, but we recommend using the website or the mobile app instead.

As a reminder, linking your Direct Express card to PayPerks gives you access to exclusive tutorials and enters you in our monthly sweepstakes where we give away thousands of cash prizes. The more you do on the site, the more chances you'll have to win! You can learn more about linking here.

If you have any questions or need help, let us know!

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