How Do You Set up PayPal?

To create a PayPal account, complete the online sign up form at, and confirm the email address provided. Add a credit card to the account, or complete the verification process to add a bank account to Paypal.

  1. Create an account

    Visit, and select the Create an Account option. Complete the form that requires applicants to provide a full name, address and contact information, such as a telephone number and e-mail address. PayPal forwards an email to the email address provided, and applicants must select the link within the email to verify the account.

  2. Add a credit card

    Designate a credit card to link to the PayPal account. For example, if you want to use a Mastercard or Visa to purchase items through PayPal, provide the credit card account numbers. PayPal users may also link a bank account by entering the numbers for a debit card or the routing numbers for a checking or savings account.

  3. Begin using PayPal

    Use PayPal by selecting the Paypal checkout option when shopping at online retailers. During payment processing, users are asked to enter the email address associated with the PayPal account and enter their passwords for the secure checkout system. PayPal may also be used to receive payments online as well.