To continue the ongoing migration to EMV chip, and to bring increased convenience to the point of sale, Visa and other card networks are making the signature requirement optional for all EMV contact or contactless chip-enabled merchants in North America beginning April 2018. Each network is rolling out the change internationally in a different way.
Pulse has announced that multiple national merchants will begin routing PINless transactions over $50 via PULSE PAY® Express (PPE) beginning in early 2018.
NYCE has also announced that PINless POS purchases at an EMV-enabled terminal greater than $50 will no longer require capturing a customer’s signature; the majority of PINless POS transactions through NYCE will be single-message rather than dual-message. NYCE PIN POS allows customers to receive cash back.
The choice to require a signature or PIN or not to require them is left to the merchant; updates may be needed at some terminals to accommodate the new program. Merchants must continue to collect signatures should a law in a particular jurisdiction require them to do so.