The new Halifax contactless credit card

No change, no problem. With your contactless credit card there is now a new, secure way to pay for those smaller everyday items.

How do I use the contactless card?

It's simple. Here's how it works:

Halifax contactless card
  1. Look out for the contactless symbol when shopping for purchases of £100 or under.
  2. Tell the retailer you'd like to use your contactless card and simply hold it to the card reader.
  3. When you hear the beep or see a green light your payment is complete.
Halifax Clarity card
  • You can start using your card right away.

    The very first time you use your contactless card, you will need to tap in your PIN. But once you've done that, you're ready to start using the contactless feature for purchases of £100 or less.

    Where can I use my contactless card?

    You can make contactless payments anywhere you see the contactless symbol.

    Over 400,000 card readers in the UK already take contactless credit card payments. You’ll find them in dozens of popular retailers, including McDonald’s, Pret a Manger, Greggs, Subway and Caffè Nero.

    Many retailers now accept contactless card payments

    Every day, more retailers are moving to contactless payments.

    To see an up-to-date list, visit Mastercard® Paypass.

    A new way to pay for travel.

    You can now use your contactless credit card to pay for single journeys on TfL buses, DLR, Underground and National Rail. Simply touch your contactless card on the yellow reader as you prepare to travel.

    For more information please visit the Transport for London website.

    Contactless payment sign

    Make contactless payment wherever you see this logo

  • What is contactless?

    Contactless is a new payment function for transactions of up to £100. You can pay for your goods simply by holding your card in front of a card-reader.

    What are its benefits?

    It’s quick, convenient and saves you time - there’s no need to rummage around for the right amount of change, or enter your PIN for most of your contactless transactions.

    Is paying in this new way secure?

    Contactless uses the latest secure Mastercard technology required by the payment industry. In the unlikely event that it is lost or stolen, your card also has protection against fraud loss - providing that you let us know as soon as you realise you no longer have it.

    Where can you use it?

    Our credit cards featuring contactless technology are designed for use in most countries around the world. However there are a few countries where you may not be able to make a contactless payment. If you attempt to make a contactless payment and are unable to do so you can still make purchases by using chip and PIN or swipe transactions. For a full list of all the places where you can use contactless, including your local retailers, visit Mastercard Paypass.

    Will I be charged twice if I accidentally double tap on the reader?

    No. The reader and card are configured to ensure that you will only be charged for one transaction.

    Can a purchase be made without my knowledge (for example, will the card-reader activate if I walk past it)?

    No. Your card has to be extremely close to the reader - typically between two and four centimetres - and the retailer must have first entered the amount for you to approve.

    What happens if I try to pay for goods over the contactless limit of £100?

    For transactions over the contactless limit, the retailer will need you to make purchases using chip and PIN or swipe transactions.

    Can I set my own contactless limit?

    You can now use our Mobile Banking app to choose a contactless payment limit between £30 & £95.

    What if I don’t want a contactless card?

    Credit cards are contactless as standard but if you don’t want a contactless card, call us on  0345 944 4555. We can send a contact only card out to you.

  • Fast
    It takes less than a second to pay for something with your contactless credit card. A beep or a green light tells you when it’s done. And since you need a fresh prompt for payment each time you use it, you don’t have to worry that you might be charged twice.
  • Safe
    Nor do you have to worry about accidentally paying for someone else’s shopping. Contactless won’t work unless you place your card right next to the reader. Contactless transactions are covered by the same fraud protection as chip & PIN so you won’t be charged for any fraudulent use provided you contact us as soon as you realise your card is lost or stolen.
  • Secure
    Your contactless credit card has plenty of built-in security technology. When you use it to pay for bigger transactions – anything over £100 – you have to tap in your PIN in the usual way. Occasionally you’ll be asked to use your PIN for smaller purchases, especially if you’ve made several contactless transactions in a row. That’s another security feature that checks that it’s still you who’s using it.
Contactless payment sign

Make contactless payment wherever you see this logo