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What is the Verification Code?
Card verification codes are an important safety feature designed to protect your credit card accounts. The code is a three digit number that appears at the end of the account number on the back of the card (4 digits on the front for Amex). It helps us validate that it is you, the legitimate cardholder in possession of the actual card, who is making this online purchase.
Where can I find the Verification Code?

The Verification Code is located on the back of your credit card (the reverse side with your signature). Look for a series of numbers printed in the signature strip (the box where you signed your card). You may see either your entire credit card number, or just the last four digits of your card number. To the right of the last four digits of your card number is a group of three digits. These three digits are your Verification Code. On American Express cards, the 4-digit code is on the front of the card, just above and to the right of the embossed card number.


How does the Verification Code protect me?
The Verification Code is not encoded into the magnetic strip on your card, so it is not picked up by card readers. The Verification Code is not part of your credit card account number, so it does not show up on any sales receipt or billing statement. Therefore, you must have the card in your possession to see and use the code. Since we validate the code with your bank, only someone physically holding your card can use your card at our site.
Is it safe for me to provide my Verification Code on your form?
Absolutely! We treat your Verification Code with the same stringent security protocols as other vital account information.
What if I can't read part of the Verification Code?
Some cards may have smudged or illegible Verification Codes where the printing wears away from heavy use. If you can't read your code, try another card with a legible code or contact your bank and ask them to provide the code to you. If they can't tell you what the code is, they will reissue your card with a new, legible Verification Code.
What if my card doesn't have a Verification Code?
All new cards have them. Some cards nearing expiration may not have a verification code. We prefer that you use a card with a code, but you can leave that box blank, and complete the rest of the form, and we will verify with the bank that your card does not have a code.
Will my Verification Code ever change?
Yes. Each time your bank issues you a new card, they will print a different Verification Code on your card. For example, when your existing card reaches it's expiration date, or if the magnetic strip stops working so you request a replacement, you'll get a new card with the same account number but a different Verification Code.
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