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How many numbers are in the card number?

Igor Frolov
Igor Frolov
March 29, 2015
How many numbers are in the card number?

Many users of bank cards do not pay attention to the fact that the number of digits on different cards varies from 13 to 19. Online stores and other services that accept payment from bank cards via the Network, as a rule, work only with cards that correspond to international standard. In this article we will tell you how many digits in a card number can be and on what their number depends.

Bank Credit and Debit Cards

The number of any bank card consists of 3 parts:

  1. Bank Identification Number (BIN).
    numbersIt contains a lot of useful information. The first digit indicates which payment system the card belongs to: American Express - 3, VISA - 4, MasterCard - 5, Maestro - 3, 5 or 6, etc. Knowing the following numbers, you can find out which bank issued the card, whether it is credit or debit, determine the type of card (Electron, Classic, Gold, Maestro, Standard, Platinum) and the country where the card was issued.
  2. The identification number of the card can be 7, 10, or 13 characters long.
    numbersIt is assigned by the bank individually for each card.The number of most cards now uses 16 digits, grouped by 4 (1111 1111 1111 1111). However, other options are possible. Old-style cards have 13 digits in the number: 1111 111 111 111. Such cards are no longer issued. Some cards have 19 digits per number. As a rule, these cards are additional cards to the main one.
  3. The last digit is the control number for the initial verification of the correctness of the number when reading the machine.

Virtual Cards

Nowadays, virtual cards that are issued by popular payment systems without physical media and are designed specifically for online payments are gaining more and more popularity. As a rule, they are tied to VISA or Mastercard payment systems. They have 15 numbers in the room.

Gift cards

A new service is a gift bank card. Now, instead of money in an envelope, you can give a friend or friend a plastic card with a certain money limit. There are also 16 digits in her number (0000 0000 0000 0000).


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