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Level 3 Data Credit Card Processing

Understanding Level 1, 2 and 3 Data

When processing a credit card, data levels are extra fields sent along with the transaction. Level 1 data is the normal information sent by the processor (Helcim) to the customer's issuing bank when processing a credit card transaction. This includes the merchant's name, transaction amount and date.

Level 3 Data Processing is currently only available to US merchants. Coming soon to Canada.

Level 2 Data

Level 2 data is additional information about the merchant and the transaction, including the tax amount, customer code, and merchant's tax ID. Visa and Mastercard offer lower Interchange rates when this information is sent as they deem the transaction less likely to be fraudulent. Level 2 data processing is available to all merchants.

Level 3 Data

Level 3 data is reserved for merchants accepting Corporate, Purchasing and Government credit cards. It provides the issuing bank with detailed invoice information, including a fully itemized list of items that were purchased. This helps corporate and government clients (your customers) keep better track of expenses paid by credit card.

Required Fields

Below are the data-fields required to be sent along with the transaction in order to qualify for Level 2 and Level 3 processing. Integrated directly into our Virtual Terminal, we automate a large part of the data-entry, and provide our merchants with detailed instructions and training.

Level 1 Level 2 Level 3
Basic Transaction Data
Merchant Name ✓ ✓ ✓
Transaction Amount ✓ ✓ ✓
Date ✓ ✓ ✓
Merchant Information
Merchant Postal/Zip Code ✓ ✓
Merchant Tax ID ✓ ✓
Invoice Information
Invoice Tax Amount ✓ ✓
Customer Code ✓ ✓
Shipper's Postal/Zip Code ✓
Destination Postal/Zip Code ✓
Invoice Number ✓
Order Number ✓
Item(s) Information
Product Code (SKU) ✓
Description ✓
Quantity ✓
Commodity Code ✓
Unit of Measurement ✓

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