Definitions for "Card Not Present"
a term used by credit card companies to describe a transaction when the seller has not seen the actual credit card; typically, this applies to Internet and mail order sales
A credit transaction where the credit card is not present at the time of the transaction, such as on a website, phone, or fax order. Credit card information is manually entered, instead of swiping a card through a POS terminal.
The merchant cannot physically view and check the customers credit card. Transactions of this nature are often called card not present payments.