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Business and Financial Policies and Procedures

21.1.1 Determine the Best Technology for Accepting Credit/Debit Cards

Policy Statement

There are a variety of approved methods and technologies available to your unit for processing credit and debit card transactions. You must either use one of the approved methods or have your proposed method approved by Merchant Card Services before you can accept credit/debit cards.


To determine the best technology for accepting credit/debit cards:

  1. Consult Getting Started at the Merchant Card Services website for information on the three types of technology available.
  2. Consult with Merchant Card Services ( or 217-244-9384). They will help you analyze your business needs and find the best technology to meet those needs. Be prepared to discuss the details of your business. This can take some time so plan ahead.

Related Policies and Procedures

21.1.2 Become a Merchant Unit

Additional Resources

Getting Started

Last Updated: July 1, 2015 | Approved: Senior Associate Vice President for Business and Finance | Effective: November 2008

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