## How to validate credit card number?

I found that credit card number is not just a sequence of number, but there's a rule for it. By understanding this rule we will know how to validate credit card number properly, especially if we develop system that needs it. Here are some information for doing credit card number validation: 1. First digit of credit card number is the Major Industry Identifier (MII) which represents the category of entity which issued your credit card Different MII digits represent the following issuer categories: 0 ISO/TC 68 and other industry assignments 1 Airlines 2 Airlines and other industry assignments 3 Travel and entertainment 4 Banking and financial 5 Banking and financial 6 Merchandizing and banking 7 Petroleum 8 Telecommunications and other industry assignments 9 National assignment For example, my VISA credit card number started with number 4 means, VISA is card issuer of Banking & Financial category. 2. First 6 digit of credit card (including that MII above) form an issuer identifier. Having 6 digit means we have 10^6 or 1.000.000 total number of possible credit card issuers. Some of the better known issuer identifiers are: - Diner's Club/Carte Blanche * credit card number format is 300xxx-305xxx, 36xxxx, or 38xxxx with card number length 14 - American Express * credit card number format is 34xxxx, 37xxxx with card number length is 15 - VISA * credit card number format is 4xxxxx, with card number length is 13 or 16 - MasterCard * credit card number format is 51xxxx-55xxxx, with card number length is 16 - Discover * credit card number format is 6011xx, with card number length is 16 3. The rest digit started from digit no. 7 until (n-1) where n is the length of credit card number, is our account number. The last digit is a check digit. Maximum length of credit card number is 19 digit, means maximum number of account number is 12 digit (remember that first 6 digit is issuer identifier & last digit is check digit). So having 12 digit account number means each card issuer could have 10^12 or 1.000.000.000.000 account number. 4. The last digit is check digit, to calculate this check digit we use Luhn Algorithm This algorithm is also known as modula10 or mod10 algorithm Example: What is card type, issuer identifier and check if this card number is valid 4408 0412 3456 7890 Solution: 1. Prefix 4xxxxx -> this card is VISA 2. Issuer Identifier: 440804 3. Account number : 123456789 4. Run Luhn Algo to check if card number valid Step 1: Double the alternate digits starting from the first digit. From card number: 4408 0412 3456 7890 ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ --> to double on step 1 (4+4) (0+0) (0+0) (1+1) (3+3) (5+5) (7+7) (9+9) 8 0 0 2 6 10 14 18 Step 2: For each result of step 1, if the value is bigger than 9 we need to substract by 9 so each value is less than 10. After that we append all of them 8 0 0 2 6 10 14 18 ^ ^ ^ --> need to substract by 9 Hence we have: 8 + 0 + 0 + 2 + 6 + 1 + 5 + 9 = 31 Step 3: Now add all the non-doubled digits from the credit card number From card number: 4408 0412 3456 7890 ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ ^ --> to process on step 3 Hence we have: 4 + 8 + 4 + 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + 0 = 36 Step 4: Add the values calculated in step 2 and step 3 together We have 31+36 = 67 Step 5 : Take the value calculated in step 4 and calculate the remainder when it is divided by 10. If the remainder is zero, then it's a valid number, otherwise it's invalid. So we have 67 % 10, reminder is 7 not 0 means this card number is invalid If we change the check digit to 3 we will have on step 3 values 39 and hence we have 70 on step 4 and 70 % 0 -> reminder is 0 -> means card number is valid. Implementation in JavaScript (HTML included, just copy paste, save as HTML and run it on browser): -------------- cut here ----------------- <html> <body> <script language='javascript'> <!--// function isValidCard(cardNumber){ var ccard = new Array(cardNumber.length); var i = 0; var sum = 0; // 6 digit is issuer identifier // 1 last digit is check digit // most card number > 11 digit if(cardNumber.length < 11){ return false; } // Init Array with Credit Card Number for(i = 0; i < cardNumber.length; i++){ ccard[i] = parseInt(cardNumber.charAt(i)); } // Run step 1-5 above above for(i = 0; i < cardNumber.length; i = i+2){ ccard[i] = ccard[i] * 2; if(ccard[i] > 9){ ccard[i] = ccard[i] - 9; } } for(i = 0; i < cardNumber.length; i++){ sum = sum + ccard[i]; } return ((sum%10) == 0); } function isValidVISA_MasterCard(cardNumber){ // if you want to accept Mastercard, Visa (Debit/Electron/Credit Card) ONLY! if(cardNumber.charAt(0) == '4' && (cardNumber.length == 13 || cardNumber.length == 16)){ return isValidCard(cardNumber); } if(cardNumber.charAt(0) == '5' && (cardNumber.charAt(1) == '1' || cardNumber.charAt(1) == '5') && cardNumber.length == 16){ return isValidCard(cardNumber); } return false; } function checkValid(cardNumber){ if(isValidVISA_MasterCard(cardNumber)){ alert('Credit Card number is valid VISA/MasterCard'); }else{ alert('Credit Card number is NOT valid VISA/MasterCard'); } } //--> </script> <form name='f'> <input type=text name='cc' maxlength=19 size=20> <input type=button onClick='checkValid(document.f.cc.value);' value='Validate Credit Card'> </form> </body> </html> -------------- cut here ----------------- Reference: 1. http://www.merriampark.com/anatomycc.htm 2. http://www.beachnet.com/~hstiles/cardtype.html and some article linked from those articles

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abiAugust 11, 2008 at 2:37 pm

This save me a lot of time!

Thanks from Holland

AndreFebruary 21, 2009 at 1:34 pm

wat is the valid credit card number

lovelynMarch 15, 2009 at 4:51 am

Really useful function

Thanks a lot

AlexeiMay 3, 2009 at 9:07 pm

The algorithm does not seem to work for american express or discover

is there anything special to check for these cards?

JoseAugust 20, 2009 at 8:04 pm

not sure

adywicaksonoSeptember 1, 2009 at 8:41 am

hi. don’t think that the logic of your code is correct. It is because i have a master card that has 16 digits and starts with 5, but its second digit is 2. Therefore, it is determined as invalid according to your code, but my card number is real and valid.

ozgur uksalAugust 23, 2009 at 8:46 am

– MasterCard

* credit card number format is 51xxxx-55xxxx, with card number length is 16

52xxx is between 51xxx and 55xxx =)

EmilySeptember 4, 2009 at 7:49 pm

ne 1 got a valid master card 1..??

Mean visaSeptember 7, 2009 at 10:49 am

Hey , when looking at your blog i see some kind of weird codes all over the page, in case it’s important I just thought I’d let you know it says this with all sorts of other stuff after it: Message : Exception of type ‘System.Web.HttpUnhandledException’ was thrown.

Mervin HerrandezApril 11, 2010 at 11:56 am

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jigarJune 27, 2010 at 8:16 pm

Thanx for such a great article.

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