How do I add and confirm my debit or credit card for use on PayPal?

By adding and confirming your credit or debit card you help us to confirm your identity and verify that you own the card which you have registered to your PayPal account.

Add a debit or credit card

To add your card:

  1. Go to Wallet.
  2. Below 'Debit and credit cards', click Add a card.
  3. Select the card type, enter the required details and click Save.

When you add your credit or debit card to your account, you may be required to confirm it.

If you have a Maestro card, here's how. For all other cards, see below.

'Link' a card

To link your card:

  1. Go to Wallet.
  2. Click the card you want to confirm. (You'll only have the option to confirm cards with a 'Confirm' banner.)
  3. Click OK.

When you click ‘OK’, we'll make a small charge to that card. This will 'link' your card to your account. We'll refund the small charge to your PayPal account within 24 hours of when you confirm your card.

'Confirm' a card

If your online card statement shows pending transactions you may be able to see the code within minutes. The code will be printed next to the word 'PAYPAL'. If not, check your card statement within 2-3 working days to find your 4-digit PayPal code beside, or near the small charge amount. If you can't check your statement online, you'll need to wait for your next paper statement or contact your bank.

Once you have the code, you can confirm your card as follows:

  1. Go to Wallet.
  2. Click the card that you're ready to confirm.
  3. Enter the code and click Confirm.