Bank of America begins roll out of chip debit cards

Source: Bank of America

Bank of America today announced that beginning this week it will include chip technology on all new and reissued consumer and small business debit cards.

Bank of America already includes chips on the majority of its credit card programs and is the first major U.S. bank to add the chip technology to debit cards.

Cards with chip technology, which are also referred to as EMV (Europay, MasterCard, Visa) cards, are embedded with a microprocessor chip that encrypts transaction information. Each time the chip card is used, the transaction data changes, making it more difficult to copy or counterfeit the card.

Many countries outside the U.S. have already adopted EMV chip technology, and it is expected to become the security standard for card payments in the U.S. as merchants begin adding chip-enabled terminals over the next year.

“Chip technology is an important tool in increasing card security, and we want our customers to have the best possible experience when using their payment cards,” said Titi Cole, retail products and underwriting executive for Bank of America. “The new chip-enabled debit cards will improve security of customers’ transactions when traveling abroad and at home as more U.S. merchants adopt chip technology.”

At merchant locations accepting chip transactions, customers will insert the card into the chip-enabled terminal and enter the PIN or signature. The cards include the traditional magnetic stripe so customers will be able to swipe their cards just as they do today if the merchant has not converted to the new technology. The new cards also work at ATMs just as they did before.

Beginning in October, debit cards issued to new customers will automatically include the chip technology. Existing customers will receive chip cards when their existing debit cards are replaced upon expiration or for any other reason.

Bank of America has been adding chips to its consumer, commercial and corporate credit cards in the U.S. since 2012 and expects to have the majority of its card portfolio converted to chip cards by late next year.

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A Finextra member 30 September, 2014, 17:28Be the first to give this comment the thumbs up 0 likes

how long will they continue to include mag strip on new or re-issued cards?