Nowadays, cashless transactions are becoming more popular because of the Covid – 19 pandemic situations. People are preferring to do all their shopping online and therefore the use of debit cards and credit cards is increasing rapidly. Making a payment with a credit card is very easy and convenient; however, while making a credit card transaction, you have to ensure that you are providing all the right information like name, billing address, etc.
Billing address is very important to credit card information and when you are making a credit card transaction, the billing address must match what the card-issuing bank has on file. If the billing address is incorrect then the bank will decline the transaction. Moreover, when you are making an online payment, the payment getaway will reject the transaction if the zip code or billing address is incorrect.
What is a Billing Address in Credit Card Transaction?
Usually, a billing address is a typical type of address that is associated with a payment method like a credit card transaction or debit card transaction. Normally, when you order a credit card, the credit card issuer associates an address with your credit card profile. The credit card issuer uses the address to send credit card statements and any other billing information. Moreover, on many occasions, the billing address is used to verify the real credit cardholder. If the cardholder moves from the previous address then he/she has to change the address to match the current address. Because companies send paper bills and bank statements to billing addresses so if you move to a new address then you might miss out on important documents. So, if you want to change the billing address of your credit card then you have to contact the card issuer bank/company.
What Happens If You Put the Wrong Billing Address?
If you put the wrong billing address while shopping online the worst can happen is; your order will be canceled. Though, in most cases, the seller notifies the cardholder about the wrong billing address so that the cardholder can rectify the mistakes. Moreover, if you put the wrong billing address then you might not be able to make the payment with the credit card because the payment getaway will automatically block the transaction and show an error notification. On the other hand, if you are trying to make a banking transaction with your credit card then the bank will decline the transaction if the billing address is wrong. The bank will only accept the transaction when you provide the correct billing address.
Why Do Companies Need the Billing Address?
Most of the time companies ask the billing address to verify the cardholder to prevent credit card fraudulent activities. It’s a part of a security measure, so your name and billing address must match the name and address that appear on your credit card statements. There is a feature available named, Address Verification Service (AVS) that you can activate for your credit card. If this feature is activated then the card issuer bank will check the name and billing address every time you make an online payment using your credit card. Retailers can use this information to check the validity of a billings address, verify the cardholder and prevent card frauds from using the credit cards.
FAQs about Wrong Billing Address in Credit Card Transactions
Does the billing address have to match the credit card?
Yes, the billing address has to match the credit card. To verify your credit card you have to enter your billing address exactly as it appears on your credit card statement. If the address doesn’t match then your transaction will be declined.
Will payment go through if the billing address is wrong?
No, the payment won’t go through if the billing address is wrong.
Does billing address name matter?
If you are making a bank transaction then the billing name does matter and it must match the credit card statement name. However, if you are making payment for online shopping then it is not mandatory to match the billing address name.
Does Amazon send anything to the billing address?
No, Amazon doesn’t send anything to the billing address of the credit card.
How do you know your billing address?
You can easily find the billing address of your credit card. Usually, the address is printed on the credit card statement so when you receive a statement you can easily find your credit card’s billing address.
What does “Address did not match” mean when adding a Visa or MasterCard debit card?
If you see the error notification of “Address did not match” at the time of adding a credit or debit card to a payment option then it means the billing address that you have entered doesn’t match the information of the credit card issuing bank. To fix this error, you must contact the card-issuing bank.
Can I have two billing addresses?
You can have two billing addresses for two different credit cards but you can’t have two different billing addresses for the same credit card. It means your credit card should have only one billing address.
How do I change my billing address?
There are two ways you can change the billing address of your credit card. You can change the address from your online banking account or you can physically visit the card-issuing bank and ask the authorized person to change/update your billing address.
What is a billing address line 2?
Billing address line 2 is a very common data input field for credit card transactions. Usually, it is not mandatory to fill out the address line 2. However, if you live in an apartment or a condominium then you have to fill out the address line 2. The address line 2 is just for the apartment number, floor number, etc.
Can you use a credit card without a billing address?
Yes, you can use your credit card without a billing address and do shopping in stores, supermarkets, servos, and other places that don’t require showing the billing address.
Can you use a fake billing address?
There is no way you can use a fake billing address for credit card transactions. If you use a fake address then you will get an error and the transaction won’t be completed.
Last Updated on August 7, 2021 by Magalie D.
Magalie D. is a Diploma holder in Public Administration & Management from McGill University of Canada. She shares management tips here in MGTBlog when she has nothing to do and gets some free time after working in a multinational company at Toronto.