What to do with credit card sequence numbers? When you apply for a new credit card, the company you are using to obtain your card will give you an application to fill out. The application form will ask you to provide your account number, name, birth date, social security number, address, phone number and what type of credit card you want. Do you know how to read and decode credit card sequence numbers?
Your credit card sequence number is contained within your account number and consists of up to 16 digits usually. Some cards only have a seven-digit account number. The remaining number is referred to as the account number or credit card type code. On some credit cards, the type of card has been divided into three categories: MasterCard, Visa and American Express. Typically, credit cards will have different features and/or benefits depending on which type of credit card you choose.
How to read and decode your credit card sequence numbers is based on which type of card you are using. Each card has its own set of features. If your card is Visa, MasterCard or American Express, it is important that you know how to read and decode the numbers. To help you out, here is a quick overview: Visa cards have the most number of digits with the first two, in order of length, being the same as the account number. Visa cards can also have a shortened version of the account number in which case the length would be the same as the account number.
The second digit to look out for on a Visa card would be the cardholder name. If you see this, then you will notice that the card comes with a code that you can enter into a software program to determine what the maximum length is for your credit card number and what type of account it is. The third digit usually determines the type of account that it is (revolving, credit card, etc). Lastly, you will see the last four digits which would indicate if the cardholder name is case sensitive or not. If the cardholder name is case sensitive, you will only be able to use it with a certain type of account (Visa or MasterCard for example).
On the other hand, MasterCard and Visa cards would differ in that their last four digits would not contain any letters. On a MasterCard, the first two, last two and last four digits would each consist of a letter. Once you enter the cardholder name, you will then see the balance of the account which may vary from one card to another. Now let's take a look at Visa cards, which have the same format for entering your cardholder name but have different maximum length. The last four digits are again case sensitive and you will be limited to using them with accounts that are Visa compliant.
In addition, there are three more digits after the last two on the credit card number, namely, the active zero. If you . . . . . . have an active zero, you will not be able to use this particular card. It means that the card is not yet issued. Last but not least, you need to remember that all credit card numbers start with nine digits, while the VISA and MasterCard numbers start with 16 digits.