If you ever need to make an online purchase, you might be asked for your “card number.” But where do you find this number on a Girocard? The Girocard, also known as the “EC card,” is commonly used for everyday payments in stores. But how does it work online? And which card number is the correct one?
## Girocard: Finding the Card Number
The short answer is: **There is none**. It is not possible to make online payments with a Girocard, EC card, or Maestro card using a card number. You won’t find the number derived from the IBAN, as it only provides your account number. If an online shop asks you to enter a 16-digit card number, you’ll need a credit card. If you don’t have one yet, there are occasional free offers available. Even if you have a debit card, you can use it for online payments. The associated 13 to 19-digit card number can usually be found **printed on the front of the card**. Just like with a credit card, you’ll also need a three-digit security code to complete the payment, which can be found on the back of the card.
## What is the Card Number Used for?
In reality, every payment card does have its own card number. However, this number is not used for making payments. Instead, it serves as a **security feature**. Each card has its unique number, even if you have multiple cards linked to the same bank account with an identical IBAN. If you happen to lose your card or it gets stolen, you can use the card number to block it. In such cases, it’s crucial to contact the hotline **116 116** as soon as possible. To ensure a swift resolution, make sure to have the card number for your Girocard, along with the account number, expiration date, and your personal information handy.