The following are the main exemption categories which can be applied by Elavon and/or the issuer:
1. Low Value Exemption
Remote transactions up to €30 (or equivalent in other currencies) and contactless transactions up to €50 (or equivalent in other currencies) do not require SCA up to a maximum of five consecutive transactions or a cumulative limit of €100 (€150 for contactless). If the cardholder initiates more than five consecutive low value payments, or if the total payments value exceed €100 (€150 for contactless), SCA will be required. Please note that currently, only Visa and Mastercard have released their requirements to support exemptions. The monitoring of the consecutive transactions and cumulative limits will be the responsibility of the issuer.
2. Recurring Payment Exemption
Some transaction types are initiated without the cardholder being present or in-session. In these cases, SCA cannot be performed and there are exemptions designed to accommodate these flows. In the case of recurring transactions (same amount) or other customer initiated transactions (variable amount), the initial capture of card details for storing on file must be authenticated using SCA – this results in a unique identifier that is used in subsequent transactions within a series to indicate to issuers that SCA has already been performed. To ensure that these transactions are exempted from
SCA step-up requests, customers and their service providers must ensure that the card scheme MIT
frameworks are followed and that all transactions are appropriately flagged as recurring with reference to the original transaction via the trace/transaction ID value.
3. Transaction Risk Analysis (TRA) Exemption
Issuers and acquirers’ may use TRA on customer’s partners’ behalf to exempt transactions from the need to have SCA performed. This effectively means that Elavon would analyse the transaction to determine the likelihood of it being genuinely performed by the cardholder and exempt it from 3DS. TRA will be available via two channels. Elavon will offer its own TRA service where Elavon will analyse transactions to determine if the transaction can be exempted from cardholder authentication. In addition Elavon will support TRA conducted by approved third parties. Further details on both services will be made available in due course. The issuer however will always have the final say, so for example, where Elavon were to apply the TRA exemption on our customers/partners’ behalf, the issuer retains the right to require SCA (known as step-up). The rules around TRA exemptions are complex and Elavon can only control how the transaction is handled up until the point that it is sent to the issuer. There are three threshold levels of exceptions – €100, €250 and €500. Elavon will be providing more guidance on TRA in the coming months.
4. Trusted Payee Exemption (or whitelisting)
With later levels of 3DS, cardholders will have the option to whitelist’ a business they trust with their card issuer. This means that the cardholder can elect to make a business a‘trusted payee’ and therefore transactions at a ‘whitelisted’ business are to be exempt from future SCA. Whether a cardholder’s elected wishes are upheld is totally the decision of their issuer, as the card issuer may reject the initial request or subsequent exemption requests if it has cause to do so. Furthermore, it is not known at this stage whether issuers will be ready to support whitelisting by 14 September 2019. Elavon are staying very close to developments regarding the Trusted Payee Exemption and will keep our customers/partners’ informed of the latest situation regarding this exemption category as they develop. It should be noted that a business (or their acquirer) cannot elect to be whitelisted themselves, this can only be done between the cardholder and their issuer.
5. Secure Corporate Payments
Payments made through dedicated corporate processes and protocols (e.g. lodge cards, central travel accounts and virtual cards) which are initiated by business entities, not available to cardholders and which already offer high levels of protection from fraud may be exempted from SCA. Elavon is working closely with the card schemes to understand the determination of these transactions and will inform customers/partners once it becomes available.