v3.10.0.1
Document and Entity Information
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2018
shares
Document and Entity Information  
Entity Registrant Name FIRST DATA CORP
Entity Central Index Key 0000883980
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer
Document Type 10-Q
Document Period End Date Sep. 30, 2018
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2018
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q3
Amendment Flag false
Entity Emerging Growth Company false
Entity Small Business false
Class A common stock  
Document Information [Line Items]  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 567,013,360
Class B common stock  
Document Information [Line Items]  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding 369,503,473