(a)  No person, firm, partnership, or corporation that accepts credit cards for the transaction of business shall require the credit card holder to write or cause to be written on a transaction form any personal identification information, including, but not limited to, the credit card holder’s address or telephone number, that is not required by the credit card issuer to complete the credit card transactions.

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Terms Used In Rhode Island General Laws 6-13-16

  • Corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • Partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • person: may be construed to extend to and include co-partnerships and bodies corporate and politic. See Rhode Island General Laws 43-3-6
  • Settlement: Parties to a lawsuit resolve their difference without having a trial. Settlements often involve the payment of compensation by one party in satisfaction of the other party's claims.

(b)  The credit card holder’s address and telephone number may be required on a transaction form where: (1) this information is necessary for shipping, delivery, installation of purchased merchandise, consumer rental transactions, warranty, or for special orders; (2) authorization from the credit card issuer as to the availability of credit is required by the issuer to complete the credit card transaction; or (3) the person, firm, partnership, or corporation processes credit card transactions by mailing transaction forms to the designated bankcard center for settlement.

(c)  This section shall not preclude a person, firm, partnership, or corporation that accepts credit cards from requesting this personal identification and recording it, if it is provided by the card holder pursuant to that request.

(d)  Any person, firm, partnership, or corporation who or that shall violate the provisions of this section shall be punished by a fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100).

History of Section.
P.L. 1993, ch. 351, § 1; P.L. 2014, ch. 528, § 9.