Florida Requires New Pump Payment Security Measures

The legislation mandates that gas stations implement a second method of security beyond tape.

June 18, 2021

Paying via card at Gas Pump

TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—This week, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation mandating fuel retailers add another layer of security for payment at the pump, Florida Politics reports.

The new law requires gas stations to put a second security method in place in addition to the pressure-sensitive security tape. Fuel retailers must also alert the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services of any credit-card-related security breaches within 90 days of the event.

“Senate Bill 430 is an important part of increasing consumer safety at the gas pump, requiring additional security measures and that skimmers be reported quickly,” said Nikki Fried, agriculture commissioner.

“Skimmers and data theft are serious issues, and we’re proud to offer guests industry-leading security technology. We continually work with financial institutions, credit card companies, law enforcement and agencies like the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to evaluate and update security measures,” said RaceTrac Chief Financial Officer Karla Ahlert.

Thousands of skimmers have been discovered at Florida gas stations since 2015. The criminals generally steal around $1 million via stolen credit cards per skimmer, according to Fried.

NACS has resources to help retailers prevent skimming and protect payments at the pump. Visit the Skimming and Payments Security resource center. Listen to Convenience Matters podcast episode No. 160: “Skimming, Shimming, Shamming, Etcetera.”