If you've incurred an error while attempting to make a payment, and can’t complete your purchase, this article explains common reasons for failed payment attempts and how to prevent them.
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Common reasons for failed payments and how to prevent them
Incorrectly entered information: please ensure you enter the first and last name of the card account holder, exactly as it appears on the card, and that you enter it in the Name on Card field. For example, if the card account holder’s name reads John R. Doe, then John R. Doe must be entered, as shown below.
Incorrect CVC code: please ensure you’re only entering numbers and that the code is correct, as listed on the back of the card.
Incorrect postal code or code is not applicable: if your payment failure states it is due to a zip code or postal code error, please contact your bank to ensure they have the right one on file. If zip codes aren't applicable in your country, however, and you still see a zip code field, please try entering all zeros (00000).
Outdated saved payment method: if you’re encountering issues while trying to purchase with a saved payment method, try deleting it and re-adding it to ensure the details are correct and up to date. You can also add a new card.
Using a debit card not authorized for international purchases: Udemy is based in the United States, and debit cards in many countries do not allow foreign transactions. If you do not see a local payment option when checking out on Udemy, call your bank to ensure your card is authorized for international purchases. Please note that Udemy is not able to remove these restrictions.
Issuing country for the card is different from country of residence: if the issuing country for your card is different from your country of residence, your card might not be approved. Try another payment method or contact your bank.
Attempting payments while using a VPN : multiple IP addresses can result in authorization problems and failed transactions. We advise that you refrain from using a virtual private network (VPN) while making a purchase on Udemy.
Too many payment attempts have been made in the last 24 hours: some cards have usage limitations, and will automatically block payment attempts after a certain threshold has been reached. Try contacting your bank or using a different payment method.
Using a Rocketmail email address for your account: payment attempts from Udemy accounts with Rocketmail addresses will not be accepted by our system. Please try changing your email address to a non-Rocketmail domain.
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Temporary authorization holds and pending purchases
After attempting to make a purchase on Udemy, you may notice a temporary authorization hold in your banking information or a pending purchase listed in your purchase history.
- Learn more about temporary authorization holds and pending purchases, and when they should be removed.
Still encountering issues? Your bank should have more information
Some of the most common reasons banks decline payments include insufficient funds, card purchase limitations, and card security policies, among other issues. Since Udemy does not have details regarding why a payment is declined, we recommend contacting your financial institution directly.
It’s important to let your bank know that you would like to make a payment on Udemy.com and that Udemy is a company based in the United States.