Take the red tape out of collecting government fees and payments.
PayPal makes collecting payments for your local organization easy, secure and inexpensive. People can pay however they want, 24/7, from anywhere, while streamlining your back office and reporting.
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Give the people payment options
Add a PayPal button to your site and residents will be able to pay for services and fees (permit and license fees, utility payments, recreation program fees, and more) using their credit or debit cards. PayPal, bank transactions, or e-checks, anytime, anywhere. You can also make it easy for your supporters to donate right from their smartphones with our one-click Mobile Express Checkout. PayPal, bank transactions, or e-checks, anytime, anywhere.
Help safeguard citizens payments
Behind the scenes, we work hard to help keep your local administration and contributors safe from fraud. We also help you offload the responsibility and risk of storing financial information, and relieve you of the burden of complying with PCI standards, so you don't need to worry about the time and expense of getting compliant. Automatic fraud screening is included at no charge.
“Processing our payments with PayPal has simplified our accounting and saved us hundreds on fees.”
Jeff S, Founder, UGMONK.com
Reporting and back office
No need to hire extra staff to count payments, reconcile checks, or manually create reports. Our easy-to-use tools automate the payment and reporting process from start to finish, freeing your staff to focus on other tasks while helping you stay organized and streamlined.
All our costs are out in the open.
Those who receive payments pay a fixed percentage and a low fee on every transaction. There are no hidden charges, and there's no monthly fee, no monthly minimum, no setup charge and no cancellation charge.
Creating a PayPal account is relatively simple, even for non-technical personnel, so you can start accepting payments in minutes. We'll walk you through the process and help you confirm your government status.Create an account
Part of creating your website entails adding a yellow PayPal payment button, or buttons. That's what residents will click to make payments. The payment process is smooth and secure. Want to experience it yourself?
Partners are every level of government.
PayPal partners with leading providers of e-commerce solutions for federal, state, and local governments. For reliable and secure electronic payment solutions and comprehensive reporting solutions for local governments, use Sturgis Government Solutions Powered by PayPal. Whatever the level of government, one of our valued parners can help.See Sturgis Government Solutions
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"PayPal is almost universally known and trusted, so our citizens don't hesitate to use it. We've seen an increase in on-time payments, which is tremendous news in a sluggish economy."
– Myrna Cowen, Chief Accountant, Coffee County, Alabama
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"We were one of the few cities in the Silicon Valley that wasn't using an online system for our recreation program. With E-Gov Link and PayPal, we've modernized our services while also taking much of the burden off our front desk."
– Nancy Nuckolls, Menlo Park, California
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"I would rather everyone paid online with PayPal. It's cheaper for us than handling offline payments."
– Loretta Kearns, Bullhead City, Arizona
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"PayPal has been our solution for accepting online payments for the past several years. It's easy, cost effective, and secure. PayPal safeguards all the financial details so I can offload PCI compliance responsibility and focus on supporting our 2,300+ county members."
– David Keen, National Association of Counties (NACo)
The payment process
- Citizens select service(s).
On the local government website, a payment button is selected—for a service, fee, or utility bill.
- Citizens view cart and check out.
Once the selections are in their cart, they proceed to checkout.
- Citizens review transaction details.
Citizens are taken to secure payment pages on PayPal's site. To pay by credit card, they fill out the easy payment form. If they prefer to pay using PayPal, they log in to their PayPal account and can pay with PayPal in as few as three clicks. PayPal provides a summary of their order.
- Citizens view a payment confirmation.
Citizens see a payment confirmation that is printable for their records. The local government and citizen both receive a confirmation email.
- Citizens return to local government site.
The local government can choose where to send the citizen on its site—for instance, back to the home page. PayPal sends citizen contact information to the entity for its records.
- Local government gets paid.
The local government quickly receives funds into its PayPal account. It can then transfer these funds to its bank account at no charge (bank transfers usually take 3–5 days to clear), or spend the funds online anywhere PayPal is accepted.
Frequently asked questions
Q: How are the funds accessed?
A: When a payment is complete, the money shows up in the local government's PayPal account usually within a few minutes. Funds can be automatically transferred to a linked bank account daily, or manually scheduled for transfer when convenient. The availability of funds from the local government's bank account is then subject to bank policies.
Q: Can we use our own team of web developers and programmers?
A: If local governments have staff who can write HTML code, they can get assistance creating their own payment buttons. We offer API tools for developers, too. Now it's possible to dynamically customize checkout pages.
All our costs are out in the open. Local governments pay a fixed percentage and a low fee on each donation—no hidden charges.
- No monthly fee
- No monthly minimum
- No setup charge
- No cancellation charge
Yes, you might see lower rates published elsewhere. But keep in mind that with PayPal there are no extra costs like setup charges, monthly fees, downgrade penalties, or cancellation charges.
|MONTHLY TRANSACTIONS||FEE PER TRANSACTION||EXAMPLES|
|$0.01 – $3,000.00||2.9% + $0.30 USD||$3.20 fee on a $100 transaction|
|$3,000.01 – $10,000||2.5% + $0.30 USD*||$2.80 fee on a $100 transaction|
|$10,000.01 – $100,000.00||2.2% + $0.30 USD*||$2.50 fee on a $100 transaction|
*Rate qualification required.
When a local government’s monthly transactions exceed $3,000 and the agency has been a PayPal member for more than 90 days, it must fill out a one-time application, subject to approval.
The pricing table above applies to domestic payments in U.S. dollars. There's an additional 2.5% charge for any currency conversion and a 1% charge to receive payments from another country.