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

Whether you need groceries, medication, or lawn equipment, Costco is the place for various 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 allows members to visit their stores even if they have forgotten their membership card. You must go to the service counter and request a temporary card to complete your shopping. Provide your name and ID so they can check your membership status and look up your customer number.

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. Go to the service desk to have them look up your Costco membership number, get a temporary card for your errands, or send a replacement card 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 accompanied by a card-carrying member, who must show their card at checkout.

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

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

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 like 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 shopping there is a good way to save money.

Even gift cards and clothing are 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.  

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! 

See our related posts on the Costco Cash Card, Walmart Executive Membership hours, and whether or not Costco membership cards auto-renew.

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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

1 thought on “Can You Go To Costco If You Forgot Your Membership Card?”

  1. I can’t believe I did that! Forgot my Costco membership card at home when I needed it the most. Thank goodness for this post, it’s comforting to know I’m not the only one who’s been there. I’ll definitely remember to keep my card with me from now on. Anyone else have any tips on what to do in this situation?

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