BMO Harris Bank has expanded the use of Mastercard’s True Name feature, allowing more cardholders to use their true first name on payment cards.

In addition to personal Mastercard debit cards and ATM cards, the bank has now deployed the feature on its consumer credit cards and small business debit and credit cards.

The cardholders, which include members of the transgender and non-binary communities, does not need a legal name change.

Mastercard unveiled its True Name initiative in 2019 for banking cards to reflect the true identities for promoting equality of transgender and non-binary communities.

Mastercard North America Marketing and Communications EVP Cheryl Guerin said: “Together with BMO Harris and the expansion of the True Name feature, we are proud to empower even more individuals in the Trans and non-binary communities to embrace their identity and be the most real version of themselves.”

In a media release, BMO announced that its new and existing cardholders can request a True Name card via phone or by visiting one of its branches.

BMO Harris Bank retail and small business payments head Denise Press said: “We are proud to work alongside Mastercard to expand the availability of True Name to BMO Harris consumer credit and business debit and credit customers, enabling them to feel at ease when using their cards that reflect their true names.”