New RBI guideline on E-mandate

On 1st October 2021, RBI’s regulations on e-mandates or recurring payments via cards to strengthen the safety of card transaction became effective.

As per regulatory guidelines on ‘Processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions’, several requirements are mandated for processing recurring transactions registered on Debit & Credit Cards.

Under these guidelines, customers can schedule automated debits up to INR 15,000 without the need for AFA. Moreover, any monthly subscriptions exceeding INR 15000 have to be cleared through an additional factor of authentication (AFA). Please note that the existing / new Standing Instructions which were registered without additional factor of authentication are not being processed from 25th September, 2021.

As per the regulatory requirements, some of the key security & safety measures are as listed below:

  • Mandate registration, modification, deletion now requires additional factor authentication (AFA)
  • Customers will get a pre-debit (SMS/Email) notification 24 hours prior to the debit
  • Customers can opt out of the transaction or the mandate via link provided in the pre-debit notification
  • Customers have the facility to view / modify / cancel any standing instructions set on their card
  • Customers can set maximum amount for each SI. If the transaction amount is greater than the maximum amount assigned by customer, the pre-debit notification will have a link for the customer to authenticate the transactions with AFA. Without this authentication, the transaction will not be processed.
  • Any recurring transaction of amount greater than INR 15000 requires AFA each time the amount is debited.

The list of merchants compliant with regulations and live on Axis Bank Credit/Debit cards are:

Amazon PrimeGodrej SpotlightNorton Net Prophets
Bajaj Allianz General InsuranceGoogle IndiaOne Assist
Bennett Coleman InsuranceHDFC ErgoPaper Boat
Bharat MatrimonyHotstarPolicy Bazaar
Bharti AXA Life InsuranceHungama digital mediaRoyal Sundaram Insurance
Business StandardICICI PRU LifeSaavn media
Carat LaneJust DialSBI Life Insurance
Clever tap – IndiaKotak general InsuranceSpotify
Club MahindraLinkedInStorytel
Codecademy IndiaMacafeeTimes Internet
Community MatrimonyMax LifeUNICEF
DiscoveryMax Niva BupaViacom 18
Exide LifeMicrosoftVodafone
FacebookNaukriVootkids
Gaana.comNavi General InsuranceZee5
Give IndiaNetflixZoom
Shopify CommerceZoho TechnologiesSony Pictures
Big RockEdunetworkWefast India
HostgatorSun TVRoyal Bison Autorentals
Kenrise MediaTwins DigitalHT Digital Streams
CourseraDiverse RetailsIsha Foundation

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

As per regulatory guidelines on 'Processing of e-mandate on cards for recurring transactions’, effective 1st October 2021, several requirements are mandated for processing recurring transactions registered on Debit & Credit Cards . In line with the requirement of the guidelines, existing / new Standing Instructions which were registered without additional factor of authentication are not being processed from 25th September, 2021.

You may opt out of the transaction or the mandate via link provided in the pre-debit notification.

All Standing Instructions set up on your Credit Card and Debit Card (both domestic and international) will not be processed, without additional factor of authentication.

You may check existing Standing Instructions against your card here or here. Registrations appearing here are compliant with the regulations, and hence will be processed. You may also modify or cancel existing registrations in the same portal.

For uninterrupted services, kindly make the payment directly on the service provider apps or merchants, as per the billing frequency.

You may check with the merchant / service providers where Standing Instruction was registered earlier. Merchants / service providers, who are compliant with the regulations are allowing new registrations for Standing Instructions. The list of compliant merchants are shared at the end of the document.

Axis Bank will not process any Standing Instructions registered without AFA. If your merchant is not taking AFA for new registrations, same will be declined by Axis Bank.

No, only Standing Instructions registered on Debit Cards and Credit Cards will be deactivated.
E.g. SI given on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Insurance payments will get deactivated. However, SI registered using bank accounts for Mutual Funds, SIPs, EMIs will continue.

There are no charges applicable, however, it may have an impact on the services you have registered for.

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  • Alternatively, you may also check the details on www.axisbank.com