Handling errors with Mollie Components

When paying with a credit card, several errors can occur during the payment process that are outside of your or Mollie’s control, e.g. the consumer has entered an incorrect CVV, has insufficient balance on their card or the issuing bank could decline the transaction.

In order to provide a good experience to the consumer when using Mollie Components, handling errors is of course essential. Should an error occur, you should make the consumer aware of the error so they can correct the problem and continue the checkout.

When creating a test mode payment, failure conditions can be triggered using magic amounts.

How can I find out what error occurred?

If creating the payment was unsuccessful, the API response will contain an error in the format shown here. If creating the payment was successful, Mollie will give you the _links.checkout URL where the consumer will have to authenticate themselves with their card issuer (through 3-D Secure [1] authentication).

In the case that an error occurs during or after authentication, the payment status will be failed and final. If you want to let the consumer attempt to pay again, you should collect a new card token and create a new payment using our API. The reason of the error will be present in the details object of the Get payment endpoint response, as shown below:

details string

An object with credit card-specific details on the payment. Note that there are various other fields which have been omitted here for the sake of brevity.

Child parameters:

failureReason string

Only available for failed payments. Contains a failure reason code.

Possible values: authentication_abandoned authentication_failed authentication_required authentication_unavailable_acs card_declined card_expired inactive_card insufficient_funds invalid_cvv invalid_card_holder_name invalid_card_number invalid_card_type possible_fraud refused_by_issuer unknown_reason

failureMessage string

A localized message that can be shown to the consumer, depending on the failureReason.
Example value: Der Kontostand Ihrer Kreditkarte ist unzureichend. Bitte verwenden Sie eine andere Karte.
This is provided as a convenience, you can of course also use your own messages.

Example Payments API response for failed payment

Note that some fields have been omitted for the sake of brevity.

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
Content-Type: application/hal+json

    "resource": "payment",
    "id": "tr_WDqYK6vllg",
    "mode": "live",
    "amount": {
        "value": "10.00",
        "currency": "EUR"
    "description": "Order #12345",
    "method": "creditcard",
    "status": "failed",
    "...": "...",
    "details": {
        "cardToken": "tkn_UqAvArS3gw",
        "...": "...",
        "failureReason": "insufficient_funds",
        "failureMessage": "Der Kontostand Ihrer Kreditkarte ist unzureichend. Bitte verwenden Sie eine andere Karte."
    "locale": "de_DE",
    "profileId": "pfl_QkEhN94Ba",
    "redirectUrl": "https://webshop.example.org/order/12345/",
    "webhookUrl": "https://webshop.example.org/payments/webhook/",
    "_links": {
        "self": {
            "href": "https://api.mollie.com/v2/payments/tr_WDqYK6vllg",
            "type": "application/hal+json"
        "documentation": {
            "href": "https://docs.mollie.com/reference/v2/payments-api/get-payment",
            "type": "text/html"


[1] 3-D Secure (also known as MasterCard SecureCode, Verified by VISA or American Express SafeKey) is an additional step during payment aimed at reducing credit card fraud. It requires the card holder to authenticate themselves with the card issuer during the payment process.