Can I open a store with SSN not valid for work?

New Member
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Hi there I'm a student in the u.s. and have a social security number that is not valid for work. Can I still use it to open my Shopify store? 

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Shopify Staff
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Hey there, 

Trevor the Guru here! 

To use Shopify as a whole, you wouldn't require an SSN, however, if you're wanting to use Shopify Payments as a credit card processor we would require the last 4 digits of your SSN. The SSN is required and is outlined in our Shopify Payments Terms Of Service: Section B-3

Shopify Payments is only one of many payment processors, however! We have a huge list of available payment gateways for the United States here as well as a list of which payment processors are direct or external here.

Feel free to reply here, or phone/chat in if you have any other questions!

All the best, 

Trevor M

Shopify Guru

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New Member
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I have an individual llc in the US and I'm not a US citizen, I live and work in Switzerland. I just launched my Shopify store in the US and the Last 4 digits of my Social Security number (SSN) is required to complete shopify payment.

Will the last 4 digit of my Swiss social security number works? What should I do?



New Member
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Hello Karim, 

did you get a solution on your problem because I have the same. 

Please let me know?

Best regards,