Validating Phone Numbers Using Javascript


I'm working on a web form with several fields and a submit button. When the button is clicked, I have to verify that the required text boxes have been filled in and that the phone number is in the correct format. I can only accept 7 or 10 digit phone numbers, but characters such as (,), (-), etc are acceptable. If this box is empty or the phone number isn't in the correct format (not 7 or 10 numbers long, not a number) or has been left blank, I have to add a red border around the text box. This border is supposed to remain in place until the user corrects the error.

I can't get this to work properly. I have tried several different ways to go about doing this, but have gotten several different types of errors. One way seemed to work, but the red border only displayed for a second and then disappeared and the value in the textbox was reset.

Here is my code and a link to a jsfiddle I've created:


<script type="text/javascript">
    function validateForm() {
        return checkPhone();
    function checkPhone() {
        var phone = document.forms["myForm"]["phone"].value;
        var phoneNum = /^\(?([0-9]{3})\)?[-. ]?([0-9]{3})[-. ]?([0-9]{4})$/; 
            if(phone.value.match(phoneNum)) {
                return true;
            else {
                document.getElementById("phone").className = document.getElementById("phone").className + " error";
                return false;


<form name="myForm" onsubmit = "return validateForm()">
    Phone Number: <input type="text" id="phone"><br>


This question is tagged with javascript html validation phone-number

~ Asked on 2014-10-06 06:57:43

The Best Answer is


As for your regexp I guess it should be

^\+{0,2}([\-\. ])?(\(?\d{0,3}\))?([\-\. ])?\(?\d{0,3}\)?([\-\. ])?\d{3}([\-\. ])?\d{4}

But in general the presumption is not correct because one might enter something like ++44 20 1234 56789 or +44 (0) 1234 567890 it is better to do something like this

var phone = document.forms["myForm"]["phone"].value;
var phoneNum = phone.replace(/[^\d]/g, '');
if(phoneNum.length > 6 && phoneNum.length < 11) {  return true;  }

this will assure that entered value has 7 to 10 figures nevertheless what the formatting is. But you have to think about max length for number might be more than 10 as in the sample above.

~ Answered on 2014-10-06 07:19:58


function telephoneCheck(str) {_x000D_
  var a = /^(1\s|1|)?((\(\d{3}\))|\d{3})(\-|\s)?(\d{3})(\-|\s)?(\d{4})$/.test(str);_x000D_
telephoneCheck("(555) 555-5555");

Where str could be any of these formats: 555-555-5555 (555)555-5555 (555) 555-5555 555 555 5555 5555555555 1 555 555 5555

~ Answered on 2016-03-12 18:29:41

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