Credit Card Verification Values (CVV)

Where is the CVV on my Credit Card?

Where the CVV is located depends on the type of credit card you are using. See the pictures below for help in finding the CVV code.

Visa (3-digit code)

American Express (4-digit code)

MasterCard (3-digit code)

What is a CVV code?

CVV stands for Card Verification Value, sometimes also referred to as CVC (Card Verification Code), CVV-2, CVC-2, or CID. The CVV code is an additional 3- or 4-digit security number that isprinted (not embossed) on a credit card.

How is security improved by using the CVV code?

The CVV code can only be found on the card itself and nowhere else, not even on associated credit card statements. This means that the person requesting the transaction must have (or have had) the card in their hands.

Requiring that a card transaction is validated with the CVV code provides good protection against fraudulent use of a card number that has been obtained without permission or that has simply been guessed. It protects you against other people trying to use your card number fraudulently. The CVV code is passed electronically (using encryption) from your computer to our server.