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Document and Entity Information (USD $)
12 Months Ended
May 31, 2012
Jul. 16, 2012
Nov. 30, 2011
Entity Information [Line Items]      
Entity Registrant Name GLOBAL PAYMENTS INC    
Entity Central Index Key 0001123360    
Current Fiscal Year End Date --05-31    
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer    
Document Type 10-K    
Document Period End Date May 31, 2012    
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012    
Document Fiscal Period Focus FY    
Amendment Flag false    
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   78,658,674  
Entity Well-known Seasoned Issuer Yes    
Entity Voluntary Filers No    
Entity Current Reporting Status Yes    
Entity Public Float     $ 3,439,642,327