A card-present transaction happens when the physical card is read with a point-of-sales (POS) terminal. A card-present merchant is often referred to as a brick-and-mortar store.

Some examples of card-present transactions include:

  • Swiping a card with a magnetic strip
  • Inserting an EMV chip card into a card reading device
  • Utilizing a contactless or near-field communication (NFC) card reader
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