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ADVT Usage Guidelines

Version: 1.1 July 2008

Effective 2 March 2005, use of the Acquirer Device Validation Toolkit (ADVT) is mandated by
Visa International for Chip Acquirers deploying new EMV Chip-Reading Devices or those
making modifications to existing devices. The following guidelines are intended to provide a
more detailed outline of the specific cases that will govern use of the ADVT. Where ADVT
usage is required, the latest version of the toolkit should always be used. If this is not possible
due to upgrade schedules, etc., ADVT Users should consult with their Visa Representative to
determine regional policies regarding replacements of earlier version of the toolkit.

ADVT use is mandatory in the following cases:

• Deployment of a new EMV card accepting device, containing any of the following:
o New EMV kernel
o New version of payment application
o New communications interface
• Modification or reconfiguration of an existing device to make any of the following changes:
o Major changes to the EMV-approved kernel (as defined in EMV Bulletin 11)
o Changes to the payment component of the terminal application
o Changes to the Cardholder Verification Method (CVM) capabilities
• Introduction of a new model 1 of terminal hardware
• In some instances, as requested by Visa International or a Visa Regional office, based on
evidence of an acceptance or interoperability problem affecting the device or connectivity to
VisaNet.
ADVT use is strongly recommended in the following cases:

• Introduction of Dynamic Currency Conversion (DCC) functionality.


• A strong suspicion by Visa International, any Visa Regional offices or an Acquirer of the
presence of an acceptance or interoperability problem affecting the device or connectivity to
VisaNet.
ADVT use is recommended in the following cases:

• Minor modifications or reconfiguration of existing terminals for any of the following:

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It is possible to have “families” of terminals which are identical from a payment point of view. Here a new
“model” is taken to mean a change which may affect card acceptance. This includes the user interface
presented to either the cardholder or merchant.
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o Change of Language Support
o New communications interface (e.g. from Dial-up to high-speed)
o Change of supported Currency Code/Country Code
• Upgrades or modifications to the Acquirer Host systems which affect the transmission of chip
data (ADVT Online validation should be performed from at least one EMV Chip-reading
device)

ADVT use is not required in the following cases:

• Minor changes to the EMV-approved kernel (as defined in EMV Bulletin 11). Note that
replacing the IFM with another approved module is defined as a minor change.
• Change to software that does not affect payment processing, e.g. screen layout, and report
generation on a POS terminal, advertising graphics on an ATM.
• Addition of a new peripheral device not requiring changes to the existing code, e.g. a new
printer or cash dispenser module.
• Addition of a new Online PIN-only PED.
• A change to the terminal-to-host protocol which does not affect authorisation messages.
• Change to CA Public Keys used for Offline Data Authentication – ADVT testing does not use
live keys.
• Introduction of a new version of ADVT by Visa International provided the device has already
undergone successful validation using an earlier version of ADVT in accordance with these
guidelines.
Please note, however, that some Visa Regional offices may apply additional policies
governing the period by which earlier versions of the ADVT must be phased out and
replaced by the most recent version.

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This document is solely intended to be used with Visa products and services.