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Signature Optional! Visa continues improving the EMV Acceptance.

From 14 April 2018, EMV-enabled merchants in the U.S. and Canada have the option to stop capturing signatures as a method of cardholder verification. Those same merchants will also no longer be required to retain and store transaction receipts.

Eligible merchants that elect to stop capturing a signature are able to do so for any transaction amount. The changes apply to all transactions at EMV-enabled merchant terminals, regardless of interface or whether the card is domestically or internationally issued.

For EMV-enabled merchants that prefer to continue to capture a signature as a method of cardholder verification or use a signature for ensuring the cardholder’s acceptance of additional terms and conditions of a sale , this announcement has no effect on cardholder verification methods. At the same time, they will not be required to retain and store those receipts.

Note: Non-EMV-enabled merchants must continue to follow existing acceptance practices regarding cardholder verification and receipt retention

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Source: Visa