Chip Cards: How Do They Work?

RBFCU now offers credit and debit cards enabled with chip technology, providing an additional level of security for your transactions and account information. The chip card is designed to be used with a special chip terminal card reader at the point of sale (POS); however, because it still has the traditional magnetic strip, you can use it for transactions even if the merchant has not converted to a chip card reader.

Why do I need a chip card?

Chip card technology provides stronger protection and security against fraudsters, in particular against “skimming.” Skimming is a technique in which criminals copy the data from a card’s magnetic strip and use it to create a counterfeit card. When a retailer uses a chip-enabled terminal, the chip technology helps prevent theft of account information. In addition, most U.S. merchants have converted or are in the process of converting to new chip-enabled terminals.

How do I use the chip card?

Learn more about using your chip card with our instructional video:


  • What do I need to do to get a new chip card?

    All cards on your account will automatically be converted to the new RBFCU chip card at no cost and sent to you in the mail once your card is up for renewal. There will be no change to your interest rate for credit cards, or any other benefits on your account. To ensure delivery, please be sure RBFCU has your most recent address on file.

    To request a chip card before your card’s renewal date, you may contact our Member Service Center at 1-800-580-3300.

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