Your Visa card number and security code are printed on the front and back of your card, respectively, and help verify the card’s authenticity. You need them, along with the card’s expiration date, to make purchases online or over the phone. Luckily, they’re easy to distinguish once you know what you’re looking for.
Here’s what you need to know about your Visa card information:
Card number: Visa credit card numbers can be 13-to-19 digits long, and they’re printed right on the front of your card. You can’t miss it. Your card number is completely unique, so it’s the primary piece of information merchants use to identify your account.
Security code: A Visa card’s security code is a 3-digit number printed on the back, to the right of the signature box. This plays a big role in online and phone transactions, as you can’t just swipe your card. It helps confirm that a card is legitimate. If someone just has your card number but not the security code, they can’t use it.
Expiration date: The month and last two numbers of the year in which your Visa credit card expires are printed on the front of your card. It might say “08/20,” for example. This is the last big piece of information you’ll need to make purchases online or by phone. It’s the date through which the card remains valid. In other words, your card will work through the last day of the month listed.
When you swipe your card in a store, you won’t have to worry about these things, as the computer system deals with them automatically. But it’s good to know where everything is when you need to make a purchase manually.
The card number is the big one on the front, and your security code is the 3-digit one on the back.
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