EMV Contactless

The EMV Contactless Specifications for Payment Systems consist of the following documents available hereafter for view or download:

  • Book A: Architecture and General Requirements
  • Book B: Entry Point
  • Books C [C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4, C-5, C-6, C-7]: Kernel Specifications
  • Book D: Contactless Communication Protocol

Publication DateVersionDescription Download
March 20152.5Book A: Architecture and General Requirements Download
March 20152.5Book B: Entry Point Download
March 20152.5Book C-1 Kernel 1 Specification Download
March 20152.5Book C-2 Kernel 2 Specification Download
March 20152.5Book C-3 Kernel 3 Specification Download
March 20152.5Book C-4 Kernel 4 Specification Download
March 20152.5Book C-5 Kernel 5 Specification Download
March 20152.5Book C-6 Kernel 6 Specification Download
March 20152.5Book C-7 Kernel 7 Specification Download
March 20152.5Book D: Contactless Communication Protocol Download
April 20142.4Book A: Architecture and General Requirements Download
April 20142.4Book B: Entry Point Download
April 20142.4Book C-1 Kernel 1 Specification Download
April 20142.4Book C-2 Kernel 2 Specification Download
April 20142.4Book C-3 Kernel 3 Specification Download
April 20142.4Book C-4 Kernel 4 Specification Download
April 20142.4Book C-5 Kernel 5 Specification Download
April 20142.4Book C-6 Kernel 6 Specification Download
April 20142.4Book C-7 Kernel 7 Specification Download
March 20142.4Book D: Contactless Communication Protocol Download
November 20132.3.1Book D: Contactless Communication Protocol Download
March 20132.3Book A: Architecture and General Requirements Download
March 20132.3Book B: Entry Point Download
March 20132.3Book C-1 Kernel 1 Specification Download
March 20132.3Book C-2 Kernel 2 Specification Download
March 20132.3Book C-3 Kernel 3 Specification Download
March 20132.3Book C-4 Kernel 4 Specification Download
March 20132.3Book C-5 Kernel 5 Specification Download
March 20132.3Book D: Contactless Communication Protocol Download
March 20132.3Summary of Changes, EMV Contactless Specifications, version 2.3 Download
March 20132.3Kernel C-2 Version 2.3 Revision Log Download
February 20122.1Level 1 Test Equipment Specifications - PICC Manual, PCD Manual, CMR Manual, Gerber Files - License Agreement Sign Up Subscribers Only

Additionally, the following tables summarise the applicable Specification Bulletins for the EMV Contactless Specifications versions 2.3, 2.4, and 2.5 respectively since publication.

Version 2.5

Publication Date Bulletin
Number
Title Version Applicability Download
June 2015 SB-170 Errata for EMV Book C-2 (Version 2.5) 1st Edition Book C-2 Download

Version 2.4

Publication Date Bulletin
Number
Title Version Applicability Download
September 2014 SB-146 Entry Point Final Combination Selection 1st Edition Book A
Book B
Download
October 2014 SB-149 Specification Update EMV Book C-2, Version 2.4 1st Edition Book C-2 Download
January 2015 SB-157 Changes to EMV Book C-7, Version 2.4 1st Edition Book C-7 Download
January 2015 SB-158 EMV Book C-4, Version 2.4 Various Errata and Clarification 1st Edition Book C-4 Download
February 2015 SB-152 Type B Bit Boundaries 1st Edition Book D Download
February 2015 SB-153 Type B CID ISO/IEC 14443 Alignment 1st Edition Book D Download
February 2015 SB-154 Definition of Type A and Type B Modulation Characteristics 1st Edition Book D Download
February 2015 SB-156 State Changes due to Influence of Type A on Type B and vice versa 1st Edition Book D Download
March 2015 SB-155 Polling Loop - Reset 2nd Edition Book D Download

Version 2.3

Publication Date Bulletin
Number
Title Version Applicability Download
April 2013 SB-121 Alignment 1st Edition Book D Download
July 2013 SB-125 Title Polling Sequence 1st Edition Book D Download
August 2013 SB-122 Alignment 2 1st Edition Book D Download
August 2013 SB-127 Modulation Measurement Clarifications 1st Edition Book D Download
January 2014 SB-124 Clarification to Exception Handling 1st Edition Book D Download
January 2014 SB-126 Coding and handling of RFU bits and values 1st Edition Book D Download
January 2014 SB-132 FSC Exception Handling 1st Edition Book D Download
January 2014 SB-123 Alignment 3 1st Edition Book D Download
February 2014 SB-133 PICC R(ACK) / R(NAK) 1st Edition Book D Download
February 2014 SB-128 Behaviour of a single PICC supporting multiple technologies 1st Edition Book D Download
March 2014 SB-134 ATTRIB Command – Higher Layer - INF Field 1st Edition Book B Download
March 2014 SB-138 Errata EMV Book C-2, Version 2.3 1st Edition Book C-2 Download
April 2014 SB-143 Entry Point Final Combination Selection 1st Edition Book B Download
September 2014 SB-146 Entry Point Final Combination Selection 1st Edition Book A
Book B
Download

Please check the Specification Bulletins section of this website periodically for any further updates to the specification, or register in the Contact Us section of this website to receive email notification of future updates to the specifications.

Last Update: 29 July 2015