The capabilities of the merchant point-of-sale (POS) system play a pivotal role in the success of any payment innovation. Issuers can distribute EMV chip cards, but the fraud reduction benefits of chip technology won’t be realized if merchants can’t accept the cards. With the October 2015 fraud liability shift, merchants who do not implement EMV-compliant terminals will be responsible for certain types of fraud. Planning an EMV migration strategy is a top priority for all merchants.

The resources on this site provide a range of educational material – from EMV basics to detailed guidance on what merchants should consider to develop a roadmap to accept chip cards and devices.

EMV Fundamentals

  • Chip Card Video
    This video explains what chip cards are, why consumers are receiving them, and how to use them in stores and at ATMs.
  • Chip Education for VARs, ISVs and Merchants
    These recorded webcasts were developed by the Payments Security Task Force and EMV Migration Forum to provide educational resources for U.S. value added resellers, independent software vendors and merchant.
  • EMV 101 Webinar
    This recorded webinar provides a primer on EMV chip payments. The webinar provides comprehensive overview of EMV chip payments, including the EMV transaction flow and options for card authentication, cardholder verification and transaction authorization.
  • EMV Chip Cards: The Future of Payments
    This EMV Migration Forum infographic explains the must-know facts about U.S. EMV Migration.
  • The EMV Ecosystem: An Interactive Experience for the Payments Community
    This interactive PowerPoint presentation provides an overview of the full EMV ecosystem, with participants who play roles in EMV issuance, acceptance and transaction processes.
  • EMV Frequently Asked Questions
    This FAQ answers common questions about EMV.
    Developed by the EMV Migration Forum and the Payments Security Task Force for consumers, merchants and issuers, the web site provides easy-to-use and simple resources, and consistent messages about chip cards and their use. Merchants and issuers are encouraged to use the website content in developing communications with customers, cardholders and employees. Merchant and issuer resources include a training FAQ, a merchant infographic and communications best practices.
  • Minimum EMV Chip Card and Terminal Requirements – U.S.
    This resource defines the minimum card and terminal EMV requirements for payment networks American Express, Armed Forces Financial Network (AFFN), China UnionPay, Discover, Jeanie, MasterCard, NYCE, PULSE, SHAZAM, STAR and Visa, in the context of the U.S. electronic payments marketplace and the October 2015 liability shifts.
  • Understanding the 2015 U.S. Fraud Liability Shifts
    This resource provides information that was collected from Accel, American Express, China UnionPay, Discover, MasterCard, NYCE Payments Network, SHAZAM Network, STAR Network and Visa on the counterfeit and lost or stolen liability shifts to assist merchants, acquirers, processors and others implementing EMV chip technology in the U.S. with their migration.
  • Using Chip Cards
    See how chip cards are used to pay with this short video.

EMV Communications Best Practices

  • Effective Communication Practices for U.S. Chip Migration Webinar
    This recorded webinar provides guidance to help industry stakeholders create sound communication strategies that will help the U.S. market understand and embrace chip payments and their many security benefits.
  • Glossary of Standardized Terminology
    The EMV Migration Forum developed a glossary that defines a set of standard terminology for common chip, EMV, and EMV migration terms for use in educational and marketing communications relating to the U.S. migration.
  • Recommended Communications Best Practices.
    This guide provides a step-by-step resource for issuers and merchants to develop effective messaging and education approaches during the U.S. migration to chip technology.

EMV Technical Education and Implementation Guidance

  • Cardholder Verification Methods: Concepts, Implementations, and Impacts 
    This video recording reviews EMV Cardholder Verification Method concepts, implementation and impact on issuers, ATM owners, merchants, and cardholders.
  • Contact Chip Card Online Authentication
    This animated presentation provides a clear description of how an EMV transaction is secured using “cryptograms.”
  • EMV 101 for the Healthcare Industry
    This Smart Card Alliance white paper was developed to provide an educational resource on EMV chip migration for the healthcare industry.  The white paper describes EMV chip technology, discusses the impact of EMV for healthcare providers and hospital systems, and outlines how the healthcare industry can prepare for EMV chip migration.
  • EMV Best Practices Web Resource
    The EMV Migration Forum developed this searchable web resource to provide easy-to-find answers on commonly asked questions about best practices for implementing EMV chip technology.
  • EMV Chargeback Best Practices
    This white paper discusses the appropriate treatment and mitigation of both counterfeit and lost/stolen chip liability shift chargebacks occurring after the liability shift dates for contact chip cards used in attended transactions. The white paper includes best practices for issuers, merchants (both chip-enabled and non-chip-enabled) and acquirers.
  • EMV Implementation Guidance: Fallback Transactions
    The EMV Migration Forum developed this guidance document for merchants, independent software vendors (ISVs), value-added resellers (VARs) and acquirers/processors who may have been experiencing high fallback rates.  The guidance outlines potential causes of fallback transactions and actions that can be taken to address the problem.
  • EMV and NFC: Complementary Technologies Enabling Secure Contactless Payments
    This Smart Card Alliance white paper explains how EMV and NFC are companion technologies and clarify how they work together to enable secure payments.
  • EMV and Parking
    This Smart Card Alliance white paper was developed in partnership with the International Parking Institute to provide parking industry stakeholders with an educational resource about the critical aspects of deploying an EMV solution in the parking infrastructure
  • EMV Testing and Certification White Paper: Current Global Payment Network Requirements for the U.S. Acquiring Community
    The EMV Migration Forum Testing and Certification Working Committee published this updated white paper to define the current processes required to test EMV chip transactions with American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa. The white paper is intended to provide a clear approach to acquirer host and EMV chip terminal testing and certification and includes examples of use cases that identify when testing or retesting is required for EMV chip and contactless terminals, when retesting is recommended as a best practice, and when only standard internal testing is advised.
  • Implementing EMV at the ATM
    This EMV Migration Forum white paper provides an educational resource for stakeholders responsible for the implementation of EMV at the ATM in the U.S.
  • Implementing EMV at the ATM: PIN Change at the ATM
    This EMV Migration Forum white paper provides guidance provide for ATM owners and issuers who are contemplating implementing PIN change at the ATM as part of, or subsequent to, their U.S. EMV migration.
  • Implementing EMV in the U.S.: How the U.S. Common Debit AIDs Facilitate Debit Transaction Routing and Ensure Durbin Compliance
    This video recording provides an overview of the U.S. Common Debit AIDs and how they facilitate debit transaction routing and ensure Durbin compliance.
  • Large Scale Payment Data Breaches Highlight Need for U.S. Card Issuers and Retailers to Move More Quickly to Smart Chip Payment Technology
    This brief discusses the security features of EMV chip payment technology and summarizes how these features strengthen the security of payment transactions.
  • Managing Card-Based Tip and Gratuity Payments for EMV Chip
    The EMV Migration Forum is providing information on how to best manage tips and gratuities as the U.S. migrates to chip, and what options restaurant owners and other merchants in travel and entertainment can pursue.  This document is intended to provide a high-level overview of tip processing in EMV chip environment.
  • Merchant Processing during Communications Disruption
    This white paper was developed to discuss best practices for merchants processing EMV chip transactions when communications are disrupted. The white paper discusses three processing options: EMV offline authorization; deferred authorization of an EMV card transaction; and force post of an EMV card transaction.
  • Optimizing Transaction Speed at the POS
    This U.S. Payments Forum white paper presents on three categories of approaches to help speed transactions and discusses their potential impacts for each stakeholder group in the U.S. payments ecosystem: “Faster EMV” solutions, contactless/Near Field Communication (NFC) transactions, and other EMV checkout optimization practices.  For each category, a detailed description and analysis are presented, including considerations and implications for various stakeholder groups.
  • PIN Bypass in the U.S. Market
    The white paper was developed to provide an educational resource on the EMV function of PIN Entry Bypass, how it can be implemented in the U.S. market, other actions that may process transactions allowing selection of cardholder verification method, and how those actions differ from PIN Entry Bypass.
  • Technologies for Payment Fraud Prevention: EMV, Encryption and Tokenization
    This white paper describes the role of EMV, encryption and tokenization for securing the payments infrastructure and preventing payment fraud.
  • U.S. Debit EMV Technical Proposal
    This EMV Migration Forum white paper defines recommendations for a debit technical framework for the U.S. payments industry.

EMV White Papers

Card-Not-Present Transactions

EMV Workshops

  • EMV Workshop for VARs, ISVs and ISOs.
    This recorded workshop provides a comprehensive review of chip technology and focused sessions on the development process and implementation best practices.
  • How EMV Changes Payment Workshop.
    This video workshop provides an in-depth educational resource to assist issuers, acquirers/processors and merchants plan for EMV migration.

EMV Educational Webinars

Payments Industry Resources on EMV

Other Payments Industry Resources