The card doesn't change, but your standing within the CoS does. Active members are permitted to be put in contact with other Satanists if they wish, as well as a number of other things.
If you wish to take your time with the active membership application but would like to make your contribution and join now, that is of course acceptable, and may be the wiser course of action (as opposed to rushing through the application).
"The devil I'll bring you," answered Hagen. "I have enough to carry with my shield and breastplate; my helm is bright, the sword is in my hand, therefore I bring you naught."