Thinking of joining Costco Wholesale? Buy a Costco Membership Activation Certificate to join as a new member and receive a Costco Shop Card for up to $20.

Your Costco Shop Card can be used like a gift card at any Costco warehouse, gas station, or online. Sign up for a Gold Star membership to receive a $10 card, or a Gold Star Executive membership for a $20 card.

Note that your membership must be activated in store.


Which membership is right for you?

A Costco Gold Star membership includes one additional household card for anyone over the age of 18 and living at the same address. A Costco membership is valid for one year at all Costco locations worldwide and online at

Join as a Gold Star Executive Member and receive an annual 2% Reward (up to $1,000) on eligible Costco and purchases, plus additional benefits on select Costco Services.

Here’s how to score the deal:

  1. Head to to get started.
  2. Choose either a Gold Star membership for $60, or a Gold Star Executive membership for $120.
  3. Enter your billing and payment information.
  4. Receive your Costco Membership Activation Certificate by email.
  5. Bring your Costco Membership Activation Certificate to any U.S. or Puerto Rico Costco location to join as a new member.
  6. Your Costco Shop Card will be mailed to you within four to six weeks after you join Costco.

*Valid only for nonmembers for their first year of membership. Limit one per household. Nontransferable and may not be combined with any other promotion. You must join in person with a Costco representative. New members will receive their Costco Shop Card by mail in 4 to 6 weeks. Costco Shop Cards are not redeemable for cash, except where required by law. A Costco membership is $60 a year. An Executive Membership is an additional $60 upgrade fee a year. Each membership includes one free Household Card. May be subject to sales tax. Costco accepts all Visa® cards, as well as cash, checks, debit/ATM cards, EBT and Costco Shop Cards. Departments and product selection may vary.

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