Do Supplementary Credit Cards Affect Your Credit History?

Supplemental credit cards in India do affect your credite history. Primary card holder is responsible additional family card member's purchases.

Written by Anil Gupta
  Anil Gupta    Updated 16 May, 20

The simplest and to-the-point answer is Yes.
Supplemental credit card details are mentioned on your own credit history (CIBIL) report and are available for any bank or lender to view the details.

Read on the basics if you are not well versed in the supplementary credit card concept.

What is a Supplementary Credit Card?

It is a credit card that is issued to people who are authorized by the primary cardholder.

For example, you can get a supplementary credit card for your spouse, child, parents, etc if you want. This is an optional card and is issued only if you request.

The credit limits and all other features available on primary card are shared by supplementary card holders. Please note that credit card companies treat the credit account as single even if they issue multiple supplementary cards.

Credit Report For Supplementary Card Holders

As I already mentioned that supplementary cards do find a mention on your credit report, they can certainly affect your own credit ratings.

Here is a snapshot from a CIBIL report:

Sample CIBIL report
Sample CIBIL report

Although the above screenshot does not show the type of account and ownership for a credit card, it is good enough to showcase the concept. As a supplementary cardholder, your credit history will show the following values:

Type: This field will show ‘Credit Card’.
Ownership: This field will show ‘Authorised User.

The primary cardholder is primarily responsible for the usage and payments due to the supplementary cards. But the details are shown on credit report pertaining to the supplementary cardholder too.

Who is an Authorised User?

An authorized user is a supplementary cardholder. Since a supplementary card is dependent on the primary card, an authorized user cannot request a credit limit increase, close the account, or authorize over-the-limit purchases.


I recently wrote about the various credit card application rejection reasons and their possible workouts. If you have tried all of them and nothing has worked, then the supplemental card may help you.

Ask your mom/dad/spouse/child to apply for a supplemental credit card for you. If you can get one, it will help you start a new chapter in your credit history. Maintain a good record to get access to more credit options in the future.


Written by Anil Gupta
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