Kernel ID

The Kernel ID is defined in the Entry Point specification to ensure a one-to-one matching between the card application and the contactless kernel in the reader, and is divided into international and domestic.

See Registered Kernel IDs


The request for obtaining an international Kernel ID allocated by EMVCo shall meet all the following criteria:

  • The applicant shall be an institution or organization with an active involvement in contactless payments having an international reach,
  • The applicant shall provide the target RID (or RIDs) attributed by ISO (ISO/IEC 78165) and shall have a contactless kernel and the supporting type approval scheme,
  • The contactless kernel to be assigned with the Kernel ID shall be active or scheduled for deployment within one year of the request.