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Are Card-On-File (COF) transactions using a tokenised card exempted from SCA once one has registered at the merchant?

No, COF transactions are considered e-commerce transactions and would require SCA, except in any cases where an exception can be applied to them.

 

A COF transaction is a transaction in which the merchant makes use of the cardholder's data (PAN or tokenised PAN and expiry date), concerning which the cardholder has granted the merchant explicit consent to store the data and to use them for this and subsequent transactions.

 

Thanks to tokenisation your card's actual number will not be used to make the payment. Instead, it will be replaced by another numerical code that will be used to make the payment transaction.

 

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