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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — Three years ago, the Army and Air Force Exchange Service began issuing fuel cards for use at ESSO stations in Germany, and some of those cards are nearing their expiration date or already might have expired.

The program was phased in geographically over the course of 2008, beginning in the late spring. Designed to last three years, cards issued in that first batch are now nearing or surpassing their end date, said Ruth Wagner, an AAFES-Europe official with oversight over the fuel card ration program.

So Wagner is encouraging customers to check their cards to avoid getting stuck paying the higher local economy fuel prices because of an expired ESSO card. The expiration date is on the lower right corner of the card. It is not related to the holder’s vehicle registration date.

If the card has expired or is nearing its termination date, customers should go to a fuel card issuing location and get it replaced, Wagner said. A list of issuing facilities, typically a main exchange or shoppette, is available on the AAFES website. Besides a list of the card issuing facilities, the site features detailed information about the program.

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