Is it obligatory to sign the back of your bank card?

Is it obligatory to sign the back of your bank card?
Is it obligatory to sign the back of your bank card?

Although they remain attached, more than in other countries, to traditional means of payment such as cash and bank checks, the French are increasingly resorting to payment by bank card. Simpler, faster, more ecological, the bank card is also ideal for online purchases, which are constantly increasing. The bank card is therefore today essential to our wallets, but also coveted by fraudsters. To protect against unpleasant surprises, certain security safeguards exist. Among them, the handwritten signature, essential on the back of each card.

Signing the back of a bank card is an essential step completed upon receipt of your new card, which is sent to you by post from your bank. This signature is supposed to ensure the identity of the card holder to protect them from potential identity theft if the card is stolen or lost. If the importance of signing the card has declined in France with the adoption of new security standards (four-digit confidential code, payment by chip, appearance of fingerprint readers on the cards, etc.), it remains important if you are traveling to certain foreign countries where card payments are still made by magnetic stripe. Even in our country, for purchases exceeding 1,500 euros, you will occasionally be asked to sign the receipt for the transaction to compare your signature to that (…)

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