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Professional: which payment can he refuse (cash, check, credit card)?

Verified 24 juin 2021 - Legal and Administrative Information Directorate (Prime Minister)

A trader, artisan or any other professional has the right to refuse payment by check or bank card. He must report it by display. On the other hand, it must always accept payment cash, except under certain conditions.

A trader, artisan or any other professional has the right to refuse payment by check or bank card.

He report to customers by display visible in store or write mention on a quote.

What conditions can it impose?

For species

A merchant may require the following conditions:

  • Booster
  • Number of coins less than 50 pieces
  • Rooms and banknotes in good condition
  • Currency EUR

  Please note : it's at customer to make the booster if the merchant has no money, not the merchant.

A merchant may refuse to accept coins or a ticket that he thinks is false.

For a check

The merchant may require the customer to submit a identification (national identity card, driving licence or passport).

For credit card

Trader may require minimum.

Regulation uncontacted by credit card is fixed to maximum amount€50.

  Please note : signature on receipt is required if purchase exceeds €1,500.

General case

A professional the obligation to accept the cash payment.

  Please note : these are euro payments, but some shops can accept foreign currency (a shop duty-free for example).

Maximum accepted

The maximum amount accepted is €1 000.

If the client is a resident tax resident at the foreigner, the maximum amount is €15 000.

  Warning : for more than €1 000, the trader must refuse cash and request payment by credit card or check.

Covid-19 outbreak

The epidemic of Covid-19does not allow the trader to refuse cash under the pretext of a risk of contamination.

The merchant has only the right to demand of the customer the following 3 conditions:

  • Booster
  • Pay at a booked or automatic cash register
  • Place the coins and notes on the counter rather than hand them

The client who encounters this refusal may report it to either the Advocate of Rights or the Regional Directorate for Population Protection.

Who shall I contact
  • Advocate

    By telephone (general information)

    09 69 39 00 00

    Local Call Cost

    Monday to Friday from 8am to 8pm

    By mail (to enter the Advocate) By free mail, without postage


    Free answer 71120

    75342 Paris cedex 07

    Attention: attach to your mail copies of the documents relating to your referral.

    By Email

    Access contact form

  Please note : a merchant who refuses a cash payment may be fined €150.

Taxi driver, VTC

The taxi driver or the VTC has the obligation to accept 2 types of payment:

  • Cash
  • By credit card

Certified Management Centre Professional

The CGA profession is required to accept the following 2 types of payment:

  • Credit
  • Check

An employer is obliged to pay an employee's salary by check or bank transfer if the amount exceeds €1,500 net per month.

If the salary is less than this amount, the employee can apply for cash.

  Please note : this obligation does not apply to employers.

Less than € 300

You can pay tax or tax cash if the amount is less than €300.

You must make an appointment at the counter of a public finance centre.

  Reminder : any other means of payment is accepted (online, transfer, direct debit, check).

Greater than 300 €

You must pay online with online tax account for professionals.

Online tax account for professionals (EFI mode)

Ministry of Finance

  Please note : you can also pay by check, bank transfer, direct debit or by cash Tip.

Any settlement species between professionals for the purchase of metals is prohibited.

Iron, steel, cast iron and non-ferrous metals (aluminium, silver, bronze, copper, tin, gold, lead, zinc), whatever the amount.

The trader must pay by one of 3 :

  • Checkout
  • Bank transfer
  • Credit