Chip and PIN Cards | Purchasing Card

Chip and PIN Cards

In order to increase security with our Purchasing Cards, PNC Bank will be converting all current Pcards to Chip and PIN cards.  There will be two waves of card reissues.  The first batch of cards will be mailed on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015.  The second wave of cards will begin to go out on Wednesday, February 4th.  The replacement cards will be the same account number with a new expiration date. The cards will be sent via U.S. mail to the same address where your statements are currently sent.  Upon receipt, you will need to active the new card.  When calling to activate the new card, the card activation number will be the last 4 digits of your PSU ID number.  Once activated, your old card will be deactivated and you should begin using the chip card.  Your old card should be cut in half and sent via interoffice mail to my address below to be recycled.  You will be required to activate the card within 3 months of receipt, otherwise your account will be deactivated and a new card will need to be requested.

One major difference with the Chip and PIN cards is that you will now be required to remember a PIN number.  After you receive your chip card, you will receive a second mailing with the PIN number.  If you would like to change your PIN number, you may call the customer service number on the insert to do so.   In most cases, you will not need the PIN number and you will see no difference when using the card.  Most merchants in the U.S. are not yet using chip and PIN technology, which means that you will continue to swipe the card at the point of purchase as you normally would.

There might be some confusion with the new Chip and PIN cards from PNC. On the PIN mailing, there is reference to using the card at ATM's. As a reminder, these cards CANNOT be used at ATM's - PSU purchasing cards are restricted for this activity.