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Credit Card CVV number: What it is and where to find it?

Summary: CVV, or Card Verification Value, is a three or four digit number printed on the back of the Credit Card. Read this article to learn about the use and significance of the CVV number.

07 Jan 2023 by IDFC FIRST Bank

It is said there is no place for secrets among friends and family. However, this does not apply to your credit card. It may be hard but there are good reasons why the details on your card should be kept secret. The details prominently printed on a credit card include the full name of the card holder, card number, date of issue and date of expiry. These details are the first level of security and should not be shared with anyone. The most important number though on your card is the CVV.

The CVV needs to be kept secret in order to safeguard your card against misuse by unauthorised persons. So even if your credit card today is most likely ensconced in your wallet as you stay indoors, the CVV may be used if you are transacting online. Have you ever wondered what the CVV behind your card stands for? To know more about the CVV, read on.

What is CVV?
 

CVV stands for Card Verification Value. This number is vital for completing online transactions and should never be shared with anyone. The CVV number is generated by credit card issuers (banks or other financial institutions) based on the following details:

  1. Credit Card number
  2. Service code
  3. Card expiry date
  4. Issuer's unique code

How do I locate the CVV in a credit card?
 

Locating the CVV is simple. It is the three-digit number at the back of your credit card. For certain types of credit cards, it could be a four-digit number printed on the front.

 

Components in a CVV

There are two parts to the CVV number.

  • The first part is covered in a striped magnetic strip. It contains crucial unique data pertaining to your credit card. This information is recovered when the card is swiped through a magnetic reader machine.
  • The second part consists of digits which need to be entered while making an online or telephonic transaction. This security number is one of the many advantages of a credit card.
CVV

What is the purpose of the CVV?
 

CVV is to credit card what a security guard is to an establishment. It helps safeguard your credit card against theft, fraud or unauthorised transactions. The CVV ensures that only the card owner uses the card. Even if someone gets hold of the credit card number, they cannot transact without the CVV.

Is CVV the same as my card’s PIN?
 

Your card’s Personal Identification Number (PIN) is NOT the same as the CVV. The PIN is used for making in-person transactions with the card or at ATMs. Whereas the CVV is used when making payments online or over the phone.

What if I swipe my card?
 

Fortunately, unlike other details of a card, the CVV cannot be stored while swiping or while punching online. Even though the CVV provides security, it does not absolve users of the caution they should take while using a credit card like not sharing the CVV with others.

CVV highlights

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