Common Credit Card Decline Codes

The following table contains a list of common credit card decline codes and next steps to follow if you experience any of them.

DECLINE CODE DESCRIPTION NEXT STEPS
authentication_required The card was declined as the transaction requires authentication. The ticket buyer should try again and authenticate their card when prompted during the transaction. If the card issuer returns this decline code on an authenticated transaction, the attendee needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
approve_with_id The payment can’t be authorized. Attempt the payment again. If you still can’t process it, the ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer.
call_issuer The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
card_not_supported The card does not support this type of purchase. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer to make sure their card can be used to make this type of purchase.
card_velocity_exceeded The customer has exceeded the balance or credit limit available on their card. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
currency_not_supported The card does not support the specified currency. The ticket buyer needs to check with the issuer whether the card can be used for the type of currency specified.
do_not_honor The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
do_not_try_again The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
duplicate_transaction A transaction with identical amount and credit card information was submitted very recently. Check to see if a recent payment already exists.
expired_card The card has expired. The ticket buyer needs to use another card.
fraudulent The payment was declined because Stripe suspects that it’s fraudulent. Don’t report more detailed information to your ticket buyer. Instead, present as you would the generic_decline described below.
generic_decline The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
incorrect_number The card number is incorrect. The ticket buyer needs to try again using the correct card number.
incorrect_cvc The CVC number is incorrect. The ticket buyer needs to try again using the correct CVC.
incorrect_pin The PIN entered is incorrect. This decline code only applies to payments made with a card reader. The ticket buyer needs to try again using the correct PIN.
incorrect_zip The postal code is incorrect. The ticket buyer needs to try again using the correct billing postal code.
insufficient_funds The card has insufficient funds to complete the purchase. The ticket buyer needs to use an alternative payment method.
invalid_account The card, or account the card is connected to, is invalid. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer to check that the card is working correctly.
invalid_amount The payment amount is invalid, or exceeds the amount that’s allowed. If the amount appears to be correct, the ticket buyer needs to check with their card issuer that they can make purchases of that amount.
invalid_cvc The CVC number is incorrect. The ticket buyer needs to try again using the correct CVC.
invalid_expiry_month The expiration month is invalid. The ticket buyer needs to try again using the correct expiration date.
invalid_expiry_year The expiration year is invalid. The ticket buyer needs try again using the correct expiration date.
invalid_number The card number is incorrect. The ticket buyer needs try again using the correct card number.
invalid_pin The PIN entered is incorrect. This decline code only applies to payments made with a card reader. The ticket buyer needs to try again using the correct PIN.
issuer_not_available The card issuer couldn’t be reached, so the payment couldn’t be authorized. Attempt the payment again. If you still can’t process it, the ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer.
lost_card The payment was declined because the card is reported lost. The specific reason for the decline shouldn’t be reported to the ticket buyer. Instead, it needs to be presented as a generic decline.
merchant_blacklist The payment was declined because it matches a value on the Stripe user’s block list. Don’t report more detailed information to your ticket buyer. Instead, present as you would the generic_decline described above.
new_account_information_available The card, or account the card is connected to, is invalid. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
no_action_taken The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
not_permitted The payment isn’t permitted. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
offline_pin_required The card was declined because it requires a PIN. The ticket buyer needs to try again by inserting their card and entering a PIN.
online_or_offline_pin_required The card was declined as it requires a PIN. If the card reader supports Online PIN, prompt the ticket buyer for a PIN without creating a new transaction. If the card reader doesn’t support Online PIN, the ticket buyer needs to try again by inserting their card and entering a PIN.
pickup_card The customer can’t use this card to make this payment (it’s possible it was reported lost or stolen). They need to contact their card issuer for more information.
pin_try_exceeded The allowable number of PIN tries was exceeded. The ticket buyer must use another card or method of payment.
processing_error An error occurred while processing the card. The payment needs to be attempted again. If it still can’t be processed, try again later.
reenter_transaction The payment couldn’t be processed by the issuer for an unknown reason. The payment needs to be attempted again. If it still can’t be processed, the ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer.
restricted_card The customer can’t use this card to make this payment (it’s possible it was reported lost or stolen). The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
revocation_of_all_authorizations The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
revocation_of_authorization The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
security_violation The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
service_not_allowed The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
stolen_card The payment was declined because the card is reported stolen. The specific reason for the decline shouldn’t be reported to the ticket buyer. Instead, it needs to be presented as a generic decline.
stop_payment_order The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
testmode_decline A Stripe test card number was used. A genuine card must be used to make a payment.
transaction_not_allowed The card was declined for an unknown reason. The ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
try_again_later The card was declined for an unknown reason. Ask the ticket buyer to attempt the payment again. If subsequent payments are declined, the ticket buyer needs to contact their card issuer for more information.
withdrawal_count_limit_exceeded The customer has exceeded the balance or credit limit available on their card. The ticket buyer needs to use an alternative payment method.
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