How to Verify My Address for PayPal

by Lynn Burbeck
Verifying your mailing address provides extra protection against fraud.

Verifying your mailing address provides extra protection against fraud.

Although confirming your address with PayPal is not required, the process does provide sellers with an extra layer of confidence that you are a legitimate buyer with a legitimate payment method. PayPal provides users with three different ways to confirm their addresses, which include adding a credit card to your PayPal account, applying for the PayPal MasterCard or requesting PayPal to send you a confirmation code through the mail. This last option is only available to account holders who have had their PayPal accounts open for at least 90 days.

Enter Your Credit Card Information

Click on the "My Account" tab at the top of your PayPal account screen and place your cursor over the "Profile" heading.

Select the option to "Add or Edit Credit Card" from the drop-down menu.

Click on the orange "Add a Card" button and enter your credit card information exactly as it appears on the card. Double check the information and click "Add Card" to add the credit or debit card to your account. Once your information is entered, PayPal will verify the accuracy of the information. If the information is found to be correct, a "confirmed" tag will appear next to your PayPal address.

Apply for PayPal Credit Card

Click on the "Products and Services" tab within your account

Select the option to "View All PayPal Products" and click the PayPal Extras MasterCard link. This will bring you to the main information page for the PayPal credit card.

Click on the orange "Apply Now" button and fill out the application details in the provided fields. Once complete, review the terms and click on the "Agree and Continue" button to process your application. PayPal processes most applications within 30 seconds.

Confirm by Mail

Click on the "Security Center" link in the upper right corner of your PayPal account page.

Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the "Seller Protection." The link is located in the blue-shaded box, titled "All Security and Protection Topics."

Click on the "Address Confirmation" tab on the left side of the screen and select the "Alternative Address Confirmation." This will bring you to the page where you can request that PayPal verify your address through the mail.

Read the requirements for Alternate Address Confirmations to make sure you are eligible to verify your address using this method. According to PayPal, you must be a United States resident, have a Buyer Reputation number of at least 10, have a verified bank account attached to your PayPal account and have had your PayPal account for more than 90 days.

Fill out the form with the address you want verified and click on the "Confirm Address" button. You must enter your home billing address. Post office boxes are not accepted.

About the Author

Lynn Burbeck is a professional writer with over five years of experience writing for the Web. She has published numerous articles for print and online media including "Grit" Magazine. Burbeck holds a B.A. in journalism and political science.

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