Can You Go To Costco If You Forgot Your Membership Card? (Guide)

Whether you need groceries, medication, or lawn equipment, Costco is the place to go for a variety of well-priced goods!

And because it is a member-only warehouse, you will need your membership card to access these sales. But what happens if you forget your Costco membership card? I looked further into it, and this is what I found!

Can You Go To Costco If You Forgot Your Membership Card? 

Costco does allow members to visit their stores even if they forgot their membership card. You will need to go to the service counter and ask for a temporary card to complete your shopping and provide your name and ID for them to check your membership status and look up your customer number.

Read on for more information on Costco’s membership cards! 

What Happens If You Forget Your Membership Card? 

Because you need a membership card to go into Costco, forgetting it at home can be a pain.

But if you leave your card behind, you can still do your shopping—simply go to the service desk to have them look up your Costco membership number, get a temporary card for your errands, or get a replacement card sent to you if yours is lost. 

You can also download the Costco Mobile App and set up a digital membership card there, so if you ever forget your card again, all you need to do is open your phone!

The app is downloadable for iOS and Android phones and offers advanced features to Costco members. 

Can Non-Members Still Shop At Costco?

Technically, non-members can still shop if they are accompanied by a card-carrying member, who will have to show their card at checkout.

Costco members can bring up to two guests with them on a shopping outing. But, if you don’t have a card yourself, you can’t shop at Costco warehouses alone

Unfortunately, there are no free trials in the Costco membership tiers, so you will have to commit to the $60 annual fee if you want a card of your own. 

But Costco’s return policy on membership fee refunds does state that you can cancel your membership at any time and be refunded the full cost. So, if you don’t end up liking it, you can get your membership reimbursed without issue! 

What Are The Perks Of A Costco Membership? 

Costco is known for its excellent prices and wide range of goods, so doing your shopping there is a good way to save money.

Even gift cards and clothing is discounted, so you can get good deals on just about anything. Members also save money on gas and diesel, automotive services, and more. 

And even though you have to pay for your membership, the fees allow Costco to cut prices on their goods, so you still benefit in the end.  

Costco has also launched Costco Anywhere Visa Card, earning cashback rewards with every purchase, including gas, restaurants, travel, and online shopping, so you can earn bonuses by doing your daily errands! 

To learn more, you can see our related posts on the Costco Cash Card, Walmart Executive Membership hours, and whether or not Costco membership cards auto-renew.


Yes, you can still go to Costco even if you forgot your membership card. You won’t be able to do any shopping until you go to the service counter and get a temporary pass, however. 

You will need to show ID so they can look you up in the system and issue your pass, and if your membership card is lost, you can also order a new one at the service desk.

There is no cost for replacement cards or temporary passes, so you don’t need to worry about any fees. Annual Costco memberships cost $60, but with the wide variety of discounted goods on sale, and the various benefits that come with being a member, most customers agree that it’s worth the price.  

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Marques Thomas

Marques Thomas graduated with a MBA in 2011. Since then, Marques has worked in the retail and consumer service industry as a manager, advisor, and marketer. Marques is also the head writer and founder of

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