Definitions and Requirements Guide for Merchant Service Providers and Third Party Agents Definitions Merchant Service Providers are non-members that are registered by MasterCard International Incorporated as Member Service Providers (MSP) to provide Program Services to a member, or any member that is registered by MasterCard International Incorporated as an MSP to provide Third Party Processor (TPP) Program Services to another member. MSPs are classified in two categories: Independent Sales Organization (ISO) and TPP. However, Heartland does not board ISOs at this time. See examples below: A MasterCard Payment Facilitator is a merchant of record who facilitates transactions on behalf of a sub-merchant whose volume is less than USD 100,000 in MasterCard and Maestro volume combined. Merchants conducting business in this manner must be registered by an Acquirer. Example: A Merchant signs a number of their customer as “sub-merchants”. They accept the payment on behalf of the cardholders and pay the individual sub-merchants their portion of the transaction. They provide reporting, processing and customer service for the various merchants they have signed as sub-merchants. A MasterCard High Risk Payment Facilitator is a Payment Facilitator that sponsors sub-merchants conducting business under one of the following MCCs; 4813, 4814, 4816, 5967, 7273, 7841, 7995, 5122, 5912, 5993. Note: This is the same as a Payment Facilitator. However, the Client becomes “High Risk” when they sign up submerchants with the MCCs listed above considered High Risk by the Card Brands. A MasterCard Third Party Processor (TPP) Type I is a Service Provider that performs services for a large number of Merchants or that otherwise may significantly impact the integrity of the Interchange System. Services may include terminal operation, authorization routing, voice authorization, call referral processing, electronic data capture, clearing file preparation and submission, settlement processing (excluding possession, ownership, or control of settlement funds, which are prohibited), cardholder and merchant statement preparation, and chargeback processing. Example: A client that would provide specific software that would store, process and transmit cardholder data on behalf of a Merchant. Such as vending machines, concession stands, ticket sales, etc. A MasterCard Third Party Processor (TPP) Type II is any Third Party Processor that MasterCard does not deem to be a Type I TPP; may be reclassified by MC at their discretion as a Type II. A Type II TPP must be sponsored by each Principal Licensed customer they provide program services to. Type I TPPs do not need a customer to sponsor them; they are registered directly with MasterCard. A MasterCard Third Party Processor (TPP) Type III is any Third Party Processor with equity stake in one or more acquiring portfolios; effective 7/1/12. Example: This Service Provider stores, processes and transmits data for the Acquiring Member. (i.e. Sponsor Bank) A MasterCard Data Storage Entity (DSE) performs web hosting and external hosting of payment applications such as shopping carts, or any other service involving storing, transmitting or processing card data and not identified by MC as a TPP Program Service. Example: A cardholder either swipes the card at the Merchant’s location or enters the card information online; the card data is encrypted and sent to the third party’s server. The third party uses another third party vendor to decrypt the card information who then sends the transaction to the HPS Gateway for processing the authorization and settlement. A MasterCard Service Provider Registration Facilitator (SPRF) is a third party provider that performs identification and registration services on behalf of the Acquirer. An Independent Sales Organization (ISO) is a Member Service Provider (MSP) that provides Program Services, other than transaction and cardholder processing, to a member in support of the member’s Program. Such Program Services include, but are not limited to, merchant solicitation, cardholder solicitation, customer service, and ATM deployment. NOTE: Heartland does not board ISOs at this time. Third Party Agents are entities that have been engaged by a Merchant or a Member to perform contracted services on behalf of that Merchant or Member. See examples below: A Visa Payment Service Provider (PSP) is an entity contracting with a Visa member to provide payment services to sponsored merchants. The new term PSP replaces the old terminology IPSP which now includes all commerce type aggregation, including face-to-face in addition to ecommerce merchant aggregation. Example: A Merchant signs a number of their customers as “sub-merchants”. They accept the payment on behalf of the cardholders and pay the individual sub-merchants their portion of the transaction. They provide reporting, processing and customer service for the various merchants they have signed as sub-merchants. A Visa High Risk Internet Payment Service Provider (HRIPSP) is an entity contracting with a Visa member to provide payment services to sponsored merchants in MCC’s 5962, 5966, 5967, 7995, 5912, 5122. Note: This is the same as a Visa Payment Service Provider (PSP); however, the Client becomes “High Risk” when they sign up sub-merchants with the MCCs listed above considered to be High Risk by the Card Brands. A Visa Merchant Servicers (MS) is an entity storing, processing, or transmitting Visa account numbers on behalf of a Visa members (i.e., Sponsor Banks) acquired merchants. Example: An entity that accepts transactions on behalf of a merchant with whom they have a contract and pays the merchant for those transactions. A Visa Corporate Franchise Servicers (CFS) owns or operates a centralized or hosted network used by franchisees that can affect the franchisee's cardholder data environment if accessed by unauthorized parties. In some cases the CFS may provide card payment processing services to franchisees through these network environments Example: Many franchisors with corporate chains have a hosted network that franchisees use for processing. A Discover Payment Service Provider (PSP) is a Merchant who facilitates authorizations, settlement, disputes and any other related services to their sub- merchants. Example: A Merchant that accepts transactions on behalf of a sub-merchant with whom they have a contract to pay the individual sub-merchants their portion of the transaction. They provide reporting, processing and customer service for the various merchants they have signed as sub-merchants. An Independent Sales Organization (ISO) has a direct relationship with issuing and/or acquiring members and provides one or more of the following: Merchant solicitation, sales, customer service, merchant transaction solicitation or merchant training activities, Cardholder solicitation, card application processing services and/or customer service activities, Acts on behalf of a member to deploy and/or service and/or maintain qualified ATMs, Acts on behalf of a member for merchant solicitation, sales or service of Interlink capable POS terminals, Solicits other entities (i.e., merchant, corporate clients, government entities, other businesses etc.) to sell, activate or load prepaid cards on behalf of an issuer. Prepaid card sales and/or activation is a primary function of their business – called and ISO Prepaid. NOTE: Heartland does not board ISOs at this time. Requirements 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. MC Payment Facilitators (PF) and High Risk Payment Facilitators (HRPF) PF cannot be a sub-merchant of 7. PF may manage the following on 8. Agent must complete the Third Party another PF Acquirer's behalf: Agent Registration Template, Agent PF cannot be a PF for another PF a. Verification sub-merchant is a Registration and Due Diligence PF must have written agreement with bona fide business (must include Submission Form and Merchant sub-merchants credit check, background Servicer Registration Request. Sub-merchant cannot exceed investigation and reference $100,000 in annual sales (this is checks) MasterCard and Maestro combined b. Payment to sub-merchant volume of 100K) c. Provide supplies PF and sub-merchants must be d. Fraud monitoring located with Acquirer's licensed area e. Site inspections Settlement funds may only be used to f. Maintain all records for a pay sub-merchants minimum of two years after agreement terminates/expires 1. 2. MasterCard Third Party Processor (TPP) Type II and MasterCard Third Party Processor (TPP) Type III TPP must allow periodic financial and 3. TPP must validate PCI Compliance 5. TPP must pay 50% of the annual procedural audits 4. TPP must pay $5,000 annually and a Acquirer License Fee per Acquirer TPP must receive written notification $5,000 renewal annually (Applicable to (Applicable to Type III Only) from MC prior to submitting Type II Only) transactions NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL MASTERCARD REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW MasterCard Third Party Processor (TPP) Type I TPP must pay $5,000 annually which 2. TPP must validate PCI Compliance is billed to the Processor NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL MASTERCARD REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW 1. MasterCard Data Storage Entity (DSE) and MasterCard Service Provider Registration Facilitator (SPRF) TPP must complies with all applicable 2. TPP must allow periodic financial and laws procedural audits NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL MASTERCARD REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW 1. MasterCard Independent Sales Organization NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL MASTERCARD REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW ADDITIONAL MASTERCARD REQUIREMENTS (For TPP, DSE and SPRF): 1. 2. 3. 4. SP must provide the customer's contact information to the merchant upon request SP cannot use any MasterCard mark on its own behalf, may not suggest they are a customer of MC, or that they are anything other than a service provider. May use Mark only if accompanied, in close proximity, by a statement that identifies them as an SP for a customer of MasterCard. All documents with the MasterCard mark must be approved SP must not have access to any account used for funding or fees for the merchant SP cannot subcontract, sublicense, assign, license, franchise, or in any manner extend or transfer to any third party any right or obligation as an SP 5. 6. 7. 8. MC may at any time perform periodic financial and procedural audits of customer, its SP, or both SP is obligated to notify MC of any failure by the customer to perform settlement to merchants within 24 hours of becoming aware of such failure The merchant agreement is with the customer and may have the SP as a party to the agreement, and must be signed by the customer, contain the customer's name and contact information SP cannot collect discount rates or similar charges due to the customer from the merchant 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. For any Type II not compliant, MC must receive and approve a compliance plan The registration of a DSE will not be completed until its compliance is validated Type I TPPs are registered by MC prior to commencing to provide TPP Program Services to customer. TYPE III TPP - registration and due diligence requirements the same as Type I and II TPP Agent must complete the Third Party Agent Registration Template, Agent Registration and Due Diligence Submission Form and Merchant Servicer Registration Request. Visa Payment Service Provider (PSP) and Visa High Risk Internet Payment Service Provider (HRIPSP) PSP/HRIPSP must pay $5000 initial 2. Uniquely identify a Consumer Mobile 4. Ensure proper monitoring of Mobile Registration Fee and $2500 annually Device. Payment Solutions. to all members who register the 3. Restrict manual PAN Entry on a PSP/HRIPSP Consumer Mobile Device to a minimum. NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL VISA REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW 1. Visa Merchant Servicers (MS) and Visa Corporate Franchise Servicers (CFS) MS/CFS must pay $5000 initial Registration Fee and a $2500 annually (to the first member registering the MS) (Applicable to MS only NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL VISA REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW 1. Visa Independent Sales Organization 2. ISO must provide access to and ensures compliant with Visa operating regulations NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL VISA REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW 1. ISO must allow for periodic financial and compliance reviews by Visa ADDITIONAL VISA REQUIREMENTS (PSP,HRIPSP,MS and CFS): 1. 2. 3. 4. Agent must not use Visa-Owned Mark on any marketing materials, business cards or letterhead Agent cannot be a direct competitor of Visa TPA Program does not include: a. Financial institutions performing Agent activities b. Co-branding or Affinity partners c. Card manufacturers d. Card personalizers TPA contract with member must include the following: a. Policies b. Procedures c. Service Levels d. Performance Standards e. Verbiage indicating Visa is permitted to conduct financial and procedural audits and reviews at any time f. Must make available upon request from Visa any cardholder or merchant information g. Appropriate notice of termination clause h. Permits Visa to impose risk conditions if necessary i. Ensures TPA complies with operating regulations, local laws and PCI-DSS j. TPA must provide written reporting within 7 business days from receipt of request from member or Visa 5. TPA is exempt from registration if it only provides service on behalf of its affiliates (including parents and subsidiary) and those affiliates are Members that own and control at least 25% of the Third Party Agent 6. Registration must be completed prior to any services being performed or transaction activity. 7. Any TPA engaged by any Member's merchant must also be registered by the Member prior to processing 8. Effective 7/1/11 for a PSP the country of a sponsored merchant determines the merchant outlet location, not the country of the PSP 9. PSP may deposit transaction receipts on behalf of a merchant once the following occurs: a. the transaction is completed b. the goods or services are shipped/provided (unless cardholder agrees to delayed delivery or advance deposit) c. cardholder consent is obtained for a recurring transaction 10. PSP may contract with multiple Acquirers 11. Merchant name and PSP name must appear on the receipt and the billing statement and both must be included in the merchant name field of the clearing record in Base II 12. PSP must provide customer service for an Ecommerce merchant; the merchant may provide customer service for non-Ecommerce transactions 13. PSP is considered a merchant of the Acquirer 14. PSP cannot provide payment services to the following merchant types; buyers’ clubs, membership clubs, credit counseling or repair services, credit protection/identity theft protection, direct marketingsubscription merchants, infomercial merchants, internet pharmacies, multi-level marketing, outbound telemarketers, rebatebased, up-selling merchants 15. PSP cannot deposit on behalf of another PSP program 16. Any CFS that does not have an acquiring relationship is to work with the franchisee's acquirer 17. CFS has 60 days from notification by Visa or it's acquirer to register, or provide documentation indicating the registration is in process 18. CFS must validate PCI DSS compliance within 12 months of initial notification from Visa or their acquirer 19. Agent must complete the Third Party Agent Registration Template, Agent Registration and Due Diligence Submission Form and Merchant Servicer Registration Request. Discover Payment Service Provider (PSP) PSP/HRIPSP must enter into written agreement with acquirer NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL DISCOVER REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW 1. Discover Independent Service Provider (ISO) ISO must register directly with Discover NOTE: SEE ADDITIONAL DISCOVER REQUIREMENTS LIST BELOW 1. ADDITIONAL DISCOVER REQUIREMENTS (PSP AND ISO): 1. PSP requirements include but not limited to: a. Must only accept and submit to Acquirer for submission to Discover, bona fide card transactions conducted by its PSP merchants b. Enter into a merchant agreement with each merchant they submit transactions on behalf of c. Must provide customer service to cardholders (1) directly through the PSPs web site if the cardholder accesses the PSPs web site directly (2) directly or through the merchant if the cardholder accesses the PSPs web site through the merchant d. e. Is responsible for all acts and omissions of its merchants as if they were the acts and omissions of the PSP, including the merchant's obligation to comply with the Security Requirements Discover may, at its discretion require the Acquirer to terminate an Agent 2. Agent must complete the Third Party Agent Registration Template, Agent Registration and Due Diligence Submission Form and Merchant Servicer Registration Request.
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