Chip cards are regular plastic credit or debit cards with an embedded microchip. The chip protects in-store payments because it generates a unique, one-time code that is needed for each transaction to be approved. It is virtually impossible for fraudsters to replicate this feature in counterfeit cards providing greater security and peace of mind when used in-store. A chip card also has a magnetic stripe on the back of the card and may include Visa payWave technology for contactless payments.
Although Visa chip cards are relatively new in the U.S., they have been used elsewhere for many years. In some countries, particularly in Europe, merchants may be more familiar with accepting chip cards than magnetic stripe cards.
Merchants have already begun to deploy chip terminals, so you will see more and more merchants accepting chip cards over the next few years. Magnetic stripe cards will continue to be accepted. Contact your bank now to get more information on Visa chip cards.
In most cases, you’ll sign for credit purchases and either sign or enter your PIN for debit purchases — just like you do today. You may not be required to do either for certain types of transactions involving relatively small purchase amounts.
Yes, you can still make purchases as you always have — by entering the card number online or swiping your card at merchant locations that do not yet have chip readers. You can also continue to use your card at ATMs.
Typically, your financial institution will upgrade your card at no cost to you. Please contact your financial institution for details.
You can use your chip card anywhere Visa cards are accepted. You can swipe your card just like you do today using the magnetic stripe on the back of the card, if a chip-activated terminal is not yet available. The terminal or the cashier will prompt you to insert and leave the card in the terminal until the transaction is complete if it’s activated for chip.
Of course, just swipe your card using the magnetic stripe the way you always have. You’re still protected from unauthorized transactions with Visa’s Zero Liability Policy.
Absolutely. Your card will work over the phone and online just like it always has.
Some merchants may have chip terminals, but they may not yet be activated to accept chip cards. If you are unable to insert your chip card into a chip terminal, you can always swipe your card to complete the transaction. Most often, merchants that haven’t activated their terminals will block the chip slot.
Until the technology is available everywhere, chip card acceptance may vary by type of payment card at some merchants. During this transition, you can always swipe your card to complete the purchase. And rest assured, you’re protected with Visa’s Zero Liability Policy.
If the terminal is chip-activated, a prompt on the screen will advise you to insert your card and follow the instructions.
If the terminal isn’t chip-activated, a prompt on the screen will advise you to swipe your card using the magnetic stripe on the back as you do today.
Your card will always work either by swipe or insertion. The terminal or the cashier will prompt you to insert the card into the terminal if it’s activated for chip technology. If the terminal is not yet chip-activated, you can always swipe your card to complete the purchase.
All Visa cards offer protection from unauthorized use of your card or account information. Visa chip technology offers another layer of security when used at a chip-activated terminal, because it generates a unique, one-time code that is needed for each transaction to be approved.
All Visa cards offer protection from unauthorized use of your card or account information. While Visa chip technology generates a one-time use code that’s difficult to counterfeit, the account information may still be subject to compromise. Notify your financial institution immediately of any unauthorized use and know you are protected with Visa's Zero Liability* Policy.