Authorization & Capture
Technical Overview
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Authorization & Capture is a PayPal feature that allows merchants to authorize a payment amount at the time of checkout and capture the payment at a later time.

Authorization & Capture allows merchants to perform the following actions through the PayPal website or the PayPal API:

  • Capture a partial amount or the full authorization amount
  • Make multiple authorizations on one order authorization
  • Capture multiple payments in one batch process
  • Initiate reauthorizations
  • Void previous authorizations


  • Increased flexibility in obtaining payment if the original authorization amount changes
  • Accommodates a delayed order fulfillment process
  • Capture funds multiple times on one authorization or order authorization