SENATE, No. 1960

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

213th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED JUNE 9, 2008

 


 

Sponsored by:

Senator CHRISTOPHER J. CONNORS

District 9 (Atlantic, Burlington and Ocean)

Senator JEFF VAN DREW

District 1 (Cape May, Atlantic and Cumberland)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Requires account numbers to be truncated on certain sales receipts.

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Act concerning sales receipts and amending P.L.2002, c.101.

 

     Be It Enacted by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

 

     1.    Section 1 of P.L.2002, c.101 (C.56:11-42) is amended to read as follows:

     1.    No retail sales establishment shall print electronically more than the last five digits of a customer's credit card or debit card account number or the expiration date of that credit or debit card upon any sales receipt either provided at the point of sale to the customer or retained by the retail sales establishment, except that the provisions of this section shall not apply to any sales receipt in which the sole means of recording the customer's credit card or debit card number is by handwriting or by an imprint or copy of the credit or debit card.

     A violation of this section shall be punishable by a civil penalty of not more than $1,000, which shall be collected and enforced through summary proceedings pursuant to the “Penalty Enforcement Law of 1999,” P.L.1999, c.274 (C.2A:58-10 et seq.).

(cf: P.L.2002, c.101, s.1)

 

     2.    This act shall take effect on the first day of the thirteenth month following enactment.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This bill provides that credit card and debit card account numbers must be truncated on sales receipts, including copies retained by merchants.

     Under current law, a retail sales establishment may not electronically print more than the last five digits of a customer's credit card account number or the expiration date of that credit card upon any sales receipt provided at the point of sale to the customer.  An exception is made for sales receipts in which the sole means of recording the customer's credit card number is by handwriting or by an imprint or copy of the credit card.

     This bill extends the prohibition against printing the whole account number or expiration date on sales receipts to include debit card information.  The bill also specifies that the prohibition applies to copies of sales receipts retained by the retail sales establishment, in addition to those physically provided to the customer.

     The bill provides a civil penalty up to $1,000 for violations.