Can validity of a card be extended without reissuing a card?

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I have a MasterCard card from Armenia. On it's written that it's valid till {{Month N}} / 2022. However, recently I've noticied in the internet banking that its validity got extended to be until 2024 (or 2025, I don't remember). That is, for the same physical card, and not a new one that the bank would issue me.

And the month of 2024 too has changed.

I asked the bank and it confirmed it - now it's till 2024.


How can it be?
 

bisk

New member
Some banks issue new cards with exactly same number and new expiration date. They will send you new card.
 

CoinMaster

Mentor Group Gold
It is a fully automatic process, once the card is close to expire they will send you a new card. Nothing to worry about.
 

Forester

Mentor Group Light (Private use!)
I have a MasterCard card from Armenia. On it's written that it's valid till {{Month N}} / 2022. However, recently I've noticied in the internet banking that its validity got extended to be until 2024 (or 2025, I don't remember). That is, for the same physical card, and not a new one that the bank would issue me.

And the month of 2024 too has changed.

I asked the bank and it confirmed it - now it's till 2024.


How can it be?
From the technical point of view, it is pretty simple. At the absolutely prevailing majority of cases now, the expiry date of your card is checked against the on-line database, not physically on-site. So it is quite imaginable (although definitely not common, AFAIK) just to change the date in the database and not to bother with issuing & sending a card. Of course, if someone extraordinally curious looks at your card, the need for an explanation will very probably arise...
Once again: the SAME PHYSICAL card.

And the bank told me that it wouldn't send me a new card, and instead I'd have to a) order it b) pick it up.

Now it makes some sense (this information was missing in your previous post). IMO, banks just wants to save some bucks (who doesn't) and offers you voluntarily not to have a new physical card. Customers can be fine with this in many cases, I guess. (I also guess, that ordering and picking up a card would cost you something – and even if not, mailing costs are still zero.) And if you encounter situations when you use your card purely off-line (yes, I know that it can happen for example at some petrol pump in the middle of nowhere in Canada or US, where is no or very poor internet coverage), you will probably not hesitate to order a new card...
 
The validity date on a card is, basically, as merely a reminder for myself? And a bank can extend it in its database so that I'll be able to continue to use a card even after the initial, written, date has expired?

If I pay by it somewhere in a shop, couldn't some curious staff member question me as for why and how I'm using a seemingly expired card?
 

Forester

Mentor Group Light (Private use!)
The validity date on a card is, basically, as merely a reminder for myself?
Well... to some extent, yes.
And a bank can extend it in its database so that I'll be able to continue to use a card even after the initial, written, date has expired?
Yes, see above.
Although I think this is not a common practice; I would say that in such a case the plastic card, strictly speaking, transforms itself to a virtual one.

BTW, could you share the bank name and possibly your general experience with them? It would be nice to know more how Armenian banks are working, in general.

If I pay by it somewhere in a shop, couldn't some curious staff member question me as for why and how I'm using a seemingly expired card?
Of course he/she could do it, see above.
 

extremedox101

road walker
Entrepreneur
i assume but i have no previous knowledge . the card it self had longer validity but the expiry date presented with card was shorter .
 
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