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Lightspeed Payments - Surcharging

With surcharging set up on the Lightspeed Payment terminals, you can pass on merchant fees to your customers. 

The payment terminal shows the purchase amount and prompts the customer to present their card. Based on the card that the shopper presents, the terminal calculates the surcharge. You will see the surcharge on the POS or the terminal (unless you have Consent Enabled surcharging switched off). You can confirm the surcharge has been processed at settlement and on the POS and terminal receipts.

Most areas require that merchants disclose their surcharging terms. We’ve provided branded signage for your convenience, but please check with your local government to ensure your signage is sufficient. 


What’s in this guide

Enabling surcharging for payments on terminal | 3 mins 

Config Update terminals | 3 mins 

Update IP address | 3 mins 

Frequently Asked Questions

Before you begin

You’ll need:


Enabling surcharging in Back Office

Before you can start passing on your merchant fees to your customers, you must first enable surcharging from the Lightspeed Back Office.

Please note that if your user does not have 'Admin' permissions, an Admin will need to grant you the Manage Lightspeed Payments permission to adjust this.

  1. Go to Lightspeed Payments on the Integrations page in Back Office
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  3. Select I understand and enable to proceed

Enter the surcharging rates

Once you have enabled the Payments Surcharge from the Lightspeed Payments page, you must enter the rate you wish to pass on to your customers. 

  1. You can use the Surcharge rate column to enter a unique surcharge rate for 
    • Eftpos
    • Visa
    • Mastercard
    • American Express 
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  2. Select Save to confirm
Note - Only charge what it costs you, refer to ACCC Payment Surcharges if you are an Australian company.

Also be aware that to cover as much of the cost of your fees as possible, you will want to account for GST on your surcharge rates.

Update the configuration of your terminals

To apply the latest surcharge rates, you must update the configuration on your terminals each time you change your rates.

Follow the instructions in this article to update your terminals.

Note: Your terminals will automatically update each night. However, to start surcharging immediately, follow the steps above. 


Update IP address

After the software update, you may experience an IP address change which will prevent your terminals from working. If you do, follow the steps below to re-pair the terminal to your network.

Check IP addresses

  1. On the terminal, hit 5, and confirm to check the IP address
  2. From POS, hit the three-bar menu. Select Lightspeed Payments, and you will be taken to the Lightspeed Payments Pairing screen


If the IP addresses do not match up, resync your terminal and Lightspeed app. 

  1. From POS, go to the three-bar menu and select Lightspeed Payments
  2. Hit Refresh terminal info on the pairing screen.
  3. Go back to POS, go to the three-bar menu, hit Sync 

Consent Enabled Surcharging

On the Lightspeed Payments terminal, the customer is shown a screen with the sales total and the surcharge value. Consent enabled surcharging is when the customer must either consent by selecting confirm or reject by selecting the red cancel button on the terminal.

  1. Go to Lightspeed Payments
  2. Toggle Surcharge confirmation On / Off

On = Customers must accept surcharges on the terminal before making payment.



Note: With consent surcharging disabled, there is no indication at all on the terminal that a surcharge is being applied. It will only be visible on the POS screen and the Customer Receipt if they elect to have one printed or emailed.


Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to tell my customers that there is a surcharge?

Yes. It is a legal requirement to tell customers there will be a surcharge on top of their payment. This can be displayed somewhere visible in-store but does not have to be displayed on your Lightspeed Payments terminal. Read more about the ACCC's requirements related to displaying surcharges here.


Where can I find Lightspeed-branded templates for surcharging signage? 

The following links contain digital files for a Lightspeed branded sign that you can download, print and display at your venue.  

Can I view my surcharge totals in Insights?

You can see the surcharges in your reports, found in the Documents tab of the Merchant Portal.


Does the surcharge show on the customer's receipt?

The transaction receipt that prints from the V400m EFTPOS terminal will show the sales total, including the surcharge. It does not show the surcharge as a separate line item.
The receipt printed from POS shows the surcharge amount and the total amount, including the surcharge. (POS receipt with surcharge line below.)


Can my terminals be set up differently? 

Surcharging is controlled at the site level, meaning terminals will either all have surcharging turned off or all on. 


Can I only surcharge the AMEX transactions and not other card types? Can I setup a surcharge free option?

Absolutely! You can control the surcharge for Mastercard, Visa, eftpos, and AMEX transactions independently of each other. If you don't wish to surcharge on eftpos transactions, you can set the surcharge rate to 0% for those card types while configuring a unique rate for other transaction types.


Do I have to pay GST on surcharges? 

Lightspeed cannot provide advice on handling GST in your business. Please consult with a tax professional.



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