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Visa Checkout Pre-Authorization

A Visa Checkout Preauthorization is a Call to Moneris to verify funds on the Visa Checkout callid and reserve those funds for your merchant account. The funds are locked for a specified amount of time, based on the card issuer. To retrieve the funds from this call so that they may be settled in the merchant’s account, a Visa Checkout Completion must be performed. It also updates the customer’s Visa Checkout transaction history.

Canada Code Sample

package Canada;

import JavaAPI.*;

public class TestCanadaVdotMePreauth
	public static void main(String[] args)
		String store_id = "moneris";
		String api_token = "hurgle";
		String amount = "5.00";
		String crypt_type = "7";
		java.util.Date createDate = new java.util.Date();
		String order_id = "Test"+createDate.getTime(); 
		String call_id = "9104624497663077101";
		String cust_id = "my customer id";
		String processing_country_code = "CA";
		boolean status_check = false;

		VdotMePreauth vMePreauthRequest = new VdotMePreauth();

		HttpsPostRequest mpgReq = new HttpsPostRequest();
		mpgReq.setTestMode(true); //false or comment out this line for production transactions

			Receipt receipt = mpgReq.getReceipt();

			System.out.println("CardType = " + receipt.getCardType());
			System.out.println("TransAmount = " + receipt.getTransAmount());
			System.out.println("TxnNumber = " + receipt.getTxnNumber());
			System.out.println("ReceiptId = " + receipt.getReceiptId());
			System.out.println("TransType = " + receipt.getTransType());
			System.out.println("ReferenceNum = " + receipt.getReferenceNum());
			System.out.println("ResponseCode = " + receipt.getResponseCode());
			System.out.println("ISO = " + receipt.getISO());
			System.out.println("BankTotals = " + receipt.getBankTotals());
			System.out.println("Message = " + receipt.getMessage());
			System.out.println("AuthCode = " + receipt.getAuthCode());
			System.out.println("Complete = " + receipt.getComplete());
			System.out.println("TransDate = " + receipt.getTransDate());
			System.out.println("TransTime = " + receipt.getTransTime());
			System.out.println("Ticket = " + receipt.getTicket());
			System.out.println("TimedOut = " + receipt.getTimedOut());
			System.out.println("StatusCode = " + receipt.getStatusCode());
			System.out.println("StatusMessage = " + receipt.getStatusMessage());
		catch (Exception e)


Visa Checkout Pre-Authorization transaction values

VdotMePreauth vMePreauthRequest = new VdotMePreauth();

HttpsPostRequest mpgReq = new HttpsPostRequest();

Visa Checkout Pre-Authorization object mandatory values

Value Type Limits Set method Description
Order ID String 50-character alphanumeric vMePreauthRequest.setOrderId(order_id); Merchant-defined transaction identifier that must be unique for every Purchase, Pre-Authorization and Independent Refund transaction. No two transactions of these types may have the same order ID.

For Refund, Completion and Purchase Correction transactions, the order ID must be the same as that of the original transaction.

The last 10 characters of the order ID are displayed in the “Invoice Number” field on the Merchant Direct Reports. However only letters, numbers and spaces are sent to Merchant Direct.

A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10 valid characters are sent to Merchant Direct. Only the last characters beginning after any invalid characters are sent. For example, if the order ID is 1234-567890, only 567890 is sent to Merchant Direct.

If the order ID has fewer than 3 characters, it may display a blank or 0000000000 in the Invoice Number field.
Call Id  String 20-character alphanumeric vMePreauthRequest.setCallId(call_id);

the Visa Checkout payment request ID

Amount String 10-character decimal vMePreauthRequest.setAmount(amount); Transaction amount This must contain at least 3 digits, two of which are penny values.
The minimum allowable value is $0.01, and the maximum allowable value is $9999999.99. Transaction amounts of $0.00 are not allowed.
E-Commerce indicator String 1-character alphanumeric vMePreauthRequest.setCryptType(crypt_type);

Describes the category of e-commerce transaction being processed. Allowable values are:

  • 1 - Mail Order / Telephone Order—Single
  • 2 - Mail Order / Telephone Order—Recurring
  • 3 - Mail Order / Telephone Order—Instalment
  • 4 - Mail Order / Telephone Order—Unknown classification
  • 5 - Authenticated e-commerce transaction (VBV)
  • 6 - Non-authenticated e-commerce transaction (VBV)
  • 7 - SSL-enabled merchant

In Credential on File transactions where the request field e-commerce indicator is also being sent: the allowable values for e-commerce indicator are dependent on the value sent for payment indicator, as follows:

if payment indicator = R, then allowable values for e-commerce indicator: 2, 5 or 6
if payment indicator = C, then allowable values for e-commerce indicator: 1, 5, 6 or 7
if payment indicator = U, then allowable values for e-commerce indicator: 1 or 7
if payment indicator = Z, then allowable values for e-commerce indicator: 1, 5, 6 or 7

Visa Checkout Pre-Authorization optional values

Value Type Limits Set method Decription
Dynamic descriptor String 20-character alphanumeric vMePreauthRequest.setDynamicDescriptor(dynamic_descriptor); Merchant defined description sent on a per-transaction basis that will appear on the credit card statement. Dependent on the card Issuer, the statement will typically show the dynamic descriptor appended to the merchant's existing business name separated by the "/" character. Please note that the combined length of the merchant's business name, forward slash "/" character, and the dynamic descriptor may not exceed 22 characters.
Existing Business Name: ABC Painting
Dynamic Descriptor: Booking 12345
Cardholder Statement Displays: ABC Painting/Booking 1

For Pre-Authorization transactions: the value in the dynamic descriptor field will only be carried over to a Pre-Authorization Completion when executing the latter via the Merchant Resource Center; otherwise, the value for dynamic descriptor must be sent again in the Pre-Authorization Completion.
Status Check Boolean true/false mpgReq.setStatusCheck (status_check); Status Check is a connection object value that allows merchants to verify whether a previously sent transaction was processed successfully. To submit a Status Check request, resend the original transaction with all the same parameter values, but set the status check value to either true or false. Once set to “true”, the gateway will check the status of a transaction that has an order_id that matches the one passed.
  • If the transaction is found, the gateway will respond with the specifics of that transaction.
  • If the transaction is not found, the gateway will respond with a not found message.
  • Once it is set to “false”, the transaction will process as a new transaction.
Things to consider:
  • The Status Check request should only be used once and immediately (within 2 minutes) after the last transaction that had failed.
  • Do not resend the Status Check request if it has timed out. Additional investigation is required.