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Guidelines for accepting the American Express® Card – in the store

Below are a few pointers to ensure the transaction runs smoothly.

  •   American Express Cards are non-transferable, so they can't be borrowed or loaned
  •   verify that the person presenting the Card is the Cardmember
  •   check that the card is not visibly altered or mutilated
  •   validate the Card's expiration date
  •   compare the signature on the back of the Card with that of the Cardmember that presents the Card

Guidelines for accepting the American Express® Card – over the phone, via mail order, or online

For card-not-present transactions that are conducted over the phone, mail or internet, you will need a separate merchant account number, if you don't have one, you can call 1-800-528-2121 for more information.

Always collect the following information from the Cardmember for card-not-present transactions:

  •   Cardmember name, exactly as it appears on the Card
  •   Card account number
  •   Card expiration date
  •   Card billing address
  •   CID
  •   Cardmembers home or billing telephone number

To help minimize the risk of fraud, and to protect your business from potential chargeback situations, we recommend that you only ship merchandise to the Cardmembers billing address.

The content of this website is intended for educational purposes only. Merchants must consider the information presented in light of their individual circumstances and objectives. American Express is not making and representations or warranties, express or implied, as to the accuracy or completeness of any information that is provided hereunder. For the most accurate and current information regarding our policies and procedures please visit