Knowledgebase: Payment

How Long Do I Have to Capture Authorized Transactions?


If you are utilizing our Authorize Only feature, you may be wondering how long you have to capture funds after the transaction has been authorized. The answer, however, is that it varies highly.

The length of time you have to capture an authorized transaction will depend on the card issuer. Typically, this is usually between 7 to 30 days after a transaction has been authorized. But this is not always the case, and some issuers may allow for authorizations to remain available for longer or shorter periods than this. Due to this, we do recommend capturing any authorized payments as soon as you are able to to avoid any potential complications.

Additional Information
Please note that while card issuers set limitations on authorization timeframes, Shift4 does not impose any additional restrictions. Our payment processor will always honor the full time period allowed by the issuer to capture an authorized transaction.

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