Stored-Value Payment Card

A Stored-Value Payment Card is a card with a monetary value stored on it, rather than being pulled from an external account. Examples include prepaid cards, gift cards, and some types of transit cards. These cards are pre-loaded with funds and can be used for transactions up to the amount on the card.

Stored-value cards are an alternative to carrying cash and are often used as a gift option or for those who do not have a bank account. Since the value is stored directly on the card, it does not require an external account to make transactions.

This also means that if the card is lost, the funds stored on the card may be lost as well, unless the card provider offers a replacement service.

Some stored-value cards can be reloaded with additional funds, while others are disposable and can only be used until the funds are depleted. It is also worth noting that stored-value cards are generally not associated with any personal identification, making them different from debit or credit cards.