American Express Moves EMV Deadline

The card firm joins Visa in giving retailers an extra six months to comply with EMV at the pump.

May 06, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—American Express notified NACS yesterday that it would delay its EMV deadline for automated fuel dispensers (AFDs) to April 16, 2021. The move comes on the heels of Visa’s announcement on Friday of its new EMV deadline of April 17, 2021.

Mastercard and Discover haven’t yet followed suit.

“The coronavirus pandemic has made things more difficult for convenience stores to comply with the original October EMV conversion deadline,” said Anna Ready Blom, NACS director of government relations. “American Express and Visa have both recognized the amount of work involved in EMV compliance, especially as these retailers are working hard to ensure their communities have access to household necessities, fuel and food during this time of social distancing.”

In late March, NACS sent letters to Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover to request a delay in EMV fraud liability shift, citing complications from the coronavirus. The pandemic has strangled the fuel side of gas stations and convenience stores, as well as made it difficult for IT professionals to travel to make the onsite upgrades necessary for pumps to accept EMV cards, PaymentsSource reports.