What is Decline Code - Solidgate

Decline Code


Decline Code is a numerical or alphanumeric identifier returned by a card issuer during a payment transaction to indicate the unsuccessful authorization of a transaction. Each decline code corresponds to a specific reason for the rejection, providing insight into the cause of the declined transaction. Common reasons for decline codes include insufficient funds, expired cards, suspicious activity, or reaching credit limits.

Merchants and payment processors use decline codes to communicate transaction status to customers and initiate appropriate actions. For customers, decline codes offer clarity on the reasons for transaction failure, prompting them to address issues such as updating payment information or contacting their card issuer.

Analyzing decline codes is crucial for merchants to optimize transaction success rates, identify potential issues in their payment processes, and enhance overall customer satisfaction in electronic transactions.


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