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Discover eliminates signatures at checkout

Discover card users will no longer have to provide a signature on their receipts beginning in April.

Discover says the change in policy was introduced to provide a more streamlined process at checkout, and that due to the introduction of chip-based cards and other technology, signatures no longer provide the security they once did.

“As the payments industry continues to evolve and introduce new methods of transacting, we’re making sure that Discover is providing customers and merchants with a smooth and more secure payments experience,” said Jasma Ghai, vice president of Global Products Innovation at Discover, in a statement. “With the rise in new payment security capabilities, like chip technology and tokenization, the time is right to remove this step from the checkout experience.”

Mastercard has also announced it will eliminate signatures beginning in April.

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