Setting up a PayPal Business Account & API Access

Step 1: Set Up a Verified PayPal Business Account

NB: If you already have a PayPal Business or PayPal Pro account please skip down to ‘Step 2: Set Up API Access’ below.

Sign up for PayPal and start accepting credit card payments instantly.


Customers who don’t have a PayPal account:

  1. Go to PayPal.
  2. Click Sign Up Today.
  3. Set up an account for Business Owners.
  4. Follow the instructions on the PayPal site.

Customers who already have a Personal or Premier PayPal account:

  1. Go to PayPal.
  2. Click the Upgrade your Account link.
  3. Click the Upgrade Now button.
  4. Choose to upgrade to a Business account and follow instructions to complete the upgrade.
  5. If you haven’t already, add a bank account to become a Verified member. Follow the instructions on the PayPal site. This process may take 2-3 business days.

Step 2: Set Up API Access

Once you have created your PayPal business account you need to allow API access to Litmos as a third party integrator so that we can initiate the PayPal transactions on your behalf.

  1. Log in to your PayPal account and click Profile in the sub-tabs
  2. In the My selling tools area, click Update next to API access. (This has changed in PayPal Pro to be Request API Credentials)
  3. Click the Add or edit API permissions link.
  4. Select Add New Third Party
  5. In the Third Party Permission Username field, enter
  6. Check Express_Checkout
  7. Click the Add button.

The API access instructions for PayPal Pro accounts may vary slightly (there are a few more screens to click through) but you will achieve the same result.

Next up: check out Linking a PayPal Account to a Litmos Account

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