Shopify Payments without Social Security Number

BreezeFoams
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Is it possible for me to set up Shopify Payments without putting in my SSN? I'm a resident of the United States and have government id, drivers license, etc. I just don't feel comfortable putting in my SSN and I was wondering if there was any other way.

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Ivy
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Hi there, @BreezeFoams.

I can absolutely understand feeling apprehensive about sharing this kind of sensitive information - in fact I think you are correct to always be extremely careful before handing this kind of data over to anyone as this is what keeps you and your data safe. 

There is no way around providing your SSN in order to use Shopify Payments, I do just want to provide some background information on this to hopefully help to alleviate your apprehension. As per the Shopify Payments Terms of Service in all regions, an individual person's details are required for every Shopify Payments account, even if the merchant has a registered business (LLC, corporation, non-profit etc.). This person will act as the Shopify Payments account representative and their details will be stored in addition to any business details. Due to compliance and underwriting practices, there are no exceptions to this rule. 

US merchants (using US Shopify Payments) are required to provide all 9 digits of their SSN as verification. There is no way to bypass this step on sign up. You can refer to the US Shopify Payment Terms of Service: Section B-3 for more information on this if you wish. I trust this helps!

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Ivy | Social Care @ Shopify


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Lindagm
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What about if youre a business owner of an llc outside of the US?