Every BC Services Card has a chip embedded in it - similar to the ones used by credit and debit cards in Canada.
The chips do not store any personal information like your health or driving records.
The chip only contains:
- Personal account number
- Chip expiry date
- Unique internal keys that are used to prove the chip is genuine
It is almost impossible to duplicate the chip and it is locked when it is manufactured, meaning that it cannot be changed. This makes the BC Services Card very secure.
A card reader must be used to read the chip embedded in a BC Services Card. The card must be tapped or placed on a card reader. When you tap your card on a card reader, it will recognize your unique chip and validate your identity.
A card reader uses Near Field Communication (NFC) technology. NFC enables technology in close proximity to communicate with each other.