How to Get a PayPal Account

By Sabah Karimi

  • Overview

    PayPal is one of the most widely used banking and merchant services on the Internet, and offers several benefits for those who initiate transactions on a regular basis online. eBay and other shopping sites often use PayPal as a primary payment method, and some merchants even offer faster processing with PayPal payments. If you want to set up your own PayPal account, here's what you need to do.
    • Step 1

      Visit the registration page at You can use the registration link or select "Sign Up" at the top of the screen on the PayPal home page.
    • Step 2

      Choose your country and language. Use the first drop-down menu to select your country or region. Use the second drop-down menu to select your language.

    • Step 3

      Select your account. If you want to set up a basic account, select "Personal" on the main menu. If you frequently buy or sell products and services online, you will need to select the "Premier" account. If you are a business and want to set up a merchant account, select the "Business" account to create a PayPal ID under a company or group name.
    • Step 4

      Fill in your personal information. You will need to fill in all fields accurately to set up your account; information may include the email address that will serve as your primary contact with PayPal and also your PayPal ID; a password; your full name; your address; and your phone number.
    • Step 5

      Click on the "User Agreement" and "Privacy Policy" links to review all of the details about your relationship with PayPal. `This information will list disclosures and general business practices.
    • Step 6

      Complete the registration process. Select "Agree and Create Account" only after you have reviewed all of your information for accuracy, and agree with the terms of service.
    • Skill: Easy
    • Tip: If you're a buyer or seller, you can upgrade to a PayPal Premier Account; this type of account allows you to accept credit-card, debit-card and bank payments at lower fees than the standard account
    • Tip: PayPal Personal accounts allow you to send money to friends, family or contacts with only an email address
    • Tip: Click on the "Help" link at the top right corner of the page at any time for Frequently Asked Questions and other information about PayPal
    • Warning:
    • Keep your PayPal ID and password in a safe and secure place; do not share this information with anyone.
    • If you are not using a personal computer to set up your account, make sure the URL of every page you visit begins with "https://"; this indicates that the information being transmitted is secure. If there is no "s" after the "http," you may be entering your personal information on a phishing site and putting your privacy at risk.

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