About 350 employees at the company will be able to pay for items at the company cafeteria and at local convenience stores by placing an index finger on a fingerprint reader.
To complete the transaction, however, the employee must also have an individually coded key fob nearby -- in a pocket, for example.
The Chicago Tribune reported Tuesday Discover and French biometrics firm National Security are working in partnership on developing the fingerprint payment system.
This is not the first fingerprint-oriented payment system. Pay-by-Touch began a similar system in 2006. But the project was forced to close in 2008 as Pay-by-Touch got into financial difficulties.
The company said at one point it had 10,000 subscribers, all from Chicago, who were testing the system.