January 13, 2018
Visa is Reducing Signature Requirements Starting April 2018
MasterCard was first to announce that it will eliminate signature requirements in the United States and Canada starting April 2018. Then American Express announced that it will eliminate signature requirements worldwide starting in April 2018. Visa just put out a similar press release.
Visa is making signatures optional for EMV chip transaction in North America starting in April 2018. Most notable, the changes only apply to transactions in North America, and only for EMV chip enabled credit cards. Customers without a chip will still be required to sign.