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What is chip and PIN?

Chip and PIN is the new, more secure way to pay with credit or debit cards in the UK..

Instead of using your signature to verify payments, you will be asked to enter a four-digit Personal Identification Number (PIN) known only to you.

What does it mean for you?


If you use a credit or debit card, find out here what chip and PIN means for you.

businesses & organisations

For those who accept card payments, represent disabled people, supply hardware and software, or represent a trade association.


Information and resources for journalists and others interested in finding out about chip and PIN.

outside the UK

Information and advice for individuals and organisations overseas who are interested in how chip and PIN has worked in the UK, and how it will impact visitors to the UK.