Gift Card Ratings

Pennsylvania Gift Card Law

Last updated on August 22, 2011


What we like:

  • Only cards with an expiration date and/or post-sale fees escheat to the State of Pennsylvania after 2 years
  • Pennsylvania has legally defined the notion of a gift card
  • Pennsylvania has legally specified whether or not gift cards escheat to the state

What could be better:

  • No limits on expiration dates
  • No maximum post-sale fee or minimum time frame before charging monthly fees
  • Merchants are not required to give cash back
  • Pennsylvania does not maintain a consumer-centric web page dedicated to gift card laws

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The following types of gift cards are excluded form Pennsylvania Gift Card Law:

Phone Cards

Good to know for Pennsylvania residents:

If there is no expiration date, then it must be turned over five years from the date of issuance. This does not apply to gift cards with no expiration or post sale fees.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Information

Attorney General: William H. Ryan Jr. (Acting)
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Phone: 1-717-787-3391

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