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How to Apply for a Costco Membership

Updated November 22, 2016

Costco is a membership warehouse club. Members pay an annual fee to have the opportunity to shop at discounted rates, primarily in bulk quantities.

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Membership is offered on three levels. The Gold Star level costs £32 per year and is for those who do not qualify for business status. The Business level also costs £32 annually, and comes with resale rights. The Executive level is available to both Gold Star and Business members for an upgrade fee. Members at this level earn an annual 2 per cent reward on most purchases.

  1. Go to the Costco website or use the link in the references section below.

  2. Click on "Membership" at the top of the page.

  3. Click on the "Join the Club" banner or box.

  4. Select the membership level you desire. Costco will add the membership fee to your shopping trolley and you can start shopping right away. Your card will arrive in the mail within 7-10 days.

  5. Go to your nearest Costco location to obtain an application or call 800-774-2678 to have one faxed to you.

  6. Fill out the application and return it with your membership fee to the nearest Costco store. The application and fee can also be mailed to Costco membership processing.

  7. Receive your membership card. Cards are issued immediately if applied for in person. If you mail your application, your card will arrive within 7-10 days.

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About the Author

Alia Nikolakopulos

With a background in taxation and financial consulting, Alia Nikolakopulos has over a decade of experience resolving tax and finance issues. She is an IRS Enrolled Agent and has been a writer for these topics since 2010. Nikolakopulos is pursuing Bachelor of Science in accounting at the Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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