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What does a chip card look like?

Many cards today are issued with a "chip" in them, however, not all of these cards ask you to enter a PIN when you pay for your goods and services.

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When you are issued with a new card, you should read the letter or the literature that accompanies your card or PIN to check if it is a chip and PIN card.

If you do have a chip and PIN card, there will be occasions when the person accepting your card for payment, in the UK and abroad, will not be able to process a PIN transaction and you will be required to sign instead, just as you always have done.