EMV chip technology is becoming the global standard for more secure Card Present (CP) credit card and debit card payments. Named after its original developers (Europay, MasterCard and Visa), this smart chip technology generates a unique, one-time code every time it's used in-store at a chip-activated terminal. This feature is virtually impossible to duplicate in counterfeit cards, helping to reduce in-store fraud.

The technology may also be referred to as: "chip and PIN," "chip and signature," or "chip and choice."

No. EMV chip only applies to card present (contact) chip-enabled card transactions at the physical point of sale.

Effective October 1, 2015, payment network rules on certain types of fraudulent transactions shifted so that merchants now may bear the liability for counterfeit fraud unless an EMV chip device is used. To protect against this potential liability shift, merchants are encouraged to adopt EMV chip technology at the point of sale.


Yes. If a fraudster uses a counterfeit of a card that is EMV chip-enabled, you will be
liable for the loss if the transaction was not processed through an EMV chip-enabled
device. However, if a fraudulent EMV chip card is processed through an EMV chip-enabled
device, the issuers will continue to be liable for that loss.

No. The EMV chip liability shift only applies to card present (contact) EMV chip-enabled card transactions at the physical point of sale.

It is not a requirement to update your hardware to support EMV chip transactions. However, if you do not want to be liable for counterfeit transactions processed in person, then you will need to support EMV chip technology. For more information on liability coverages, please contact your Merchant Service Provider (MSP).

Please note, not all customers have EMV chip-enabled cards. You still need to be able to process the traditional magnetic stripe cards as well. The liability for fraud on magnetic stripe only cards has not changed.

You need to purchase an Authorize.Net-supported, EMV chip-compatible card reader to use with the Authorize.Net In-Person SDK, mPOS mobile application or Virtual Point of Sale (VPOS) application.

In order to accept EMV chip transactions, your payment solution and every EMV chip device you use must be certified with each of the card brands (Visa, MasterCard, etc.).

To help you accept EMV chip cards quickly and easily, we created the Authorize.Net In-Person SDK (software development kit), which is the software that communicates the customer’s chip information from the EMV chip reader to Authorize.Net, then back to the EMV chip reader. The In-Person SDK has already been certified with the card brands for use with an Authorize.Net-supported, EMV chip-compatible card reader, allowing you to accept EMV chip transactions on a supported processor.

The In-Person SDK is available now for iOSAndroid and Windows, but is only available on supported processors. Please see the schedule below for estimated support timelines.

Developers can begin using the In-Person SDK, but will not be able to process live EMV chip transactions until processor support is available.

If you are using our mPOS application, you will need to upgrade to the latest version available in the App Store or on Google Play and purchase an Authorize.Net-supported, EMV chip-compatible reader available here.

If you are connecting to Authorize.Net through a non-mPOS payment solution, then you will need to update your solution to add support for Authorize.Net's new In-Person SDK, available for iOSAndroid or Windows, and purchase an Authorize.Net-supported, EMV chip-compatible reader available here.

You can purchase Authorize.Net-supported, EMV chip-compatible card readers available here.

Yes. The mPOS mobile application and new Virtual Point of Sale (VPOS) application both support EMV chip payments for merchants using FDC Nashville or TSYS as their processor. Additional processor support will be added on an ongoing basis. Please see the schedule below for estimated timelines.

EMV chip support for VPOS is now available for merchants that upgrade to the new version at https://vpos2.authorize.net.

Yes, Authorize.Net-supported, EMV chip-compatible card readers are available here.

EMV chip support for VPOS is now available for merchants that upgrade to the new version at https://vpos2.authorize.net.

The following table outlines an estimated timeframe of when each processor will support EMV chip transactions using the Authorize.Net In-Person SDK or mPOS mobile application. Additional processor support dates are still being determined.

Processor Platform Authorize.Net Anticipated Support Date
FDC Nashville Available Now
Available Now
Elavon TBD
WorldPay TBD
  1. Log into the Merchant Interface at https://account.authorize.net
  2. Click Account from the main toolbar.
  3. Click Merchant Profile from the menu on the left. 
  4. Under the Payment Methods section, the Processor name will be listed.

Yes, the In-Person SDK has updated guides for iOSAndroid and Windows.

At this time, we do not support NFC (contactless) transactions. As we determine our plan for NFC support, we will provide more information.

Visa provides several valuable resources to learn more:

EMVCo provides additional resources at http://www.emvco.com.