EMV handbook for merchants by Verifone

emv guide verifone merchant terminalVerifone’s EMV handbook is a comprehensive guide for both retail and card not present merchants. It’s hardware agnostic and the Question and Answer section is especially useful.

Two questions on page 17 about hardware need to be read together. To clarify the liability shift going into effect October 1, the merchant’s hardware (terminal) needs to be more than capable of processing chip card transactions.  It needs to be certified on the processor platform and EMV must be enabled on the merchant account. This is an important distinction.

There may be thousands of terminals in use technically capable of accepting chip cards, but either the terminal is not yet certified for EMV chip card transactions, or the processor has not certified the terminal to their platform.

Beware purchasing terminals that will ‘get you ready’ to be EMV compliant. Will the seller guarantee the terminal will be certified for the acquirer platform you need? For example, acquirers usually have multiple platforms but not all merchants can switch between them. With the liability shift just weeks away, merchants wanting to be EMV compliant should not wait another minute:

  • Buy only EMV certified terminals acquirer confirms can be enabled.
  • Verify firmware and or software is current before buying
  • Request an EMV TID from acquirer
  • Download file, usually required for countertop terminals
  • Install new software driver, if applicable, for virtual terminals

Christine SpeedyThanks for reading! If your business needs EMV certified terminals or Card Not Present risk mitigation solutions today, contact me at 954-942-0483 or 3Dmerchant.com/contact. I specialize in business to business and mid-market payment solutions.