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Signing up for an eBay account

To sign up for an eBay account, all you need is an email address. Once your account is set up, you can buy, sell, and enjoy all the benefits of being an eBay member.

You'll be able to use My eBay to keep track of your buying and selling activity, send messages to other members, save your favorite searches and sellers, and watch up to 300 items you’re thinking about buying.

Sign up for an eBay account

Signing up for an eBay account is quick and easy. Use the button below to get started.

Sign up for an eBay account

You can also follow the instructions below to create your account:

How to sign up for an eBay account

Here’s how to open an account:

  1. Go to the Registration page - opens in new window or tab.
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Choose a password.
  4. Select Create account. (By selecting Create account, you’re agreeing to accept the terms of the eBay User Agreement and User Privacy Notice.)

Tip
Before you can start buying and selling, you’ll need to verify your account. We’ll send you an email with instructions on how to do this.

Creating an eBay account using Facebook

If you have a Facebook account, you can use it to create an eBay account. Here’s how:

  1. On the Registration page - opens in new window or tab, select Continue with Facebook.
  2. Sign in to your Facebook account.
  3. Allow eBay to access your public profile and email address.
  4. Confirm the email address you want to use for your eBay account.
  5. Select Create account.

We’ll use this information to create an account for you and send you an email to confirm account details.

Creating an eBay account using Google

If you have a Google account, you can use it to create an eBay account. Here’s how:

  1. On the Registration page - opens in new window or tab, select Continue with Google.
  2. Sign in to your Google account.
  3. Allow eBay to access your public profile and email address.
  4. Confirm the email address you want to use for your eBay account.
  5. Select Create account.

We’ll use this information to create an account for you and send you an email to confirm account details.

Creating an eBay account using Apple

You can also use your Apple ID to create your eBay account. Here’s how:

  1. On the Registration page - opens in new window or tab, select Continue with Apple.
  2. Enter your Apple ID and then select the arrow.
  3. Enter the password for your Apple account and then select the arrow.
  4. Select Allow in the pop-up.
  5. Enter the 6-digit Apple Verification code sent to your Apple device.
  6. Select Trust this browser.
  7. Select Continue.

If an eBay account already exists with the email address you use for your Facebook, Google, or Apple account, you’ll be prompted to enter your eBay password to link your accounts.

Linking your eBay account to your Facebook, Google, or Apple account

If you already have an eBay account, you can link it to your social accounts:

  1. Go to Sign in and security - opens in new window or tab.
  2. Go to Social Accounts and select Edit next to Facebook, Google, or Apple.
  3. Sign in to your eBay account.
  4. Select Continue with Facebook, Continue with Google, or Continue with Apple.
  5. You’ll need to sign in to your social account with your email address or phone number and password, or your Apple ID.
  6. Select Continue.

Create a business account

If you’re thinking about selling on eBay, you can choose between a personal or business account, depending on how much you’re planning on selling.

If you plan to sell casually, like selling unwanted items, a personal account is the best option. If you want to sell large quantities, or if you have items that you’ve made or bought to resell, register a business account.

If you want to register as a business, select Create a business account on the registration page. We’ll ask for some additional details, like your business name, type, and address.

If you are a US based seller with inventory outside the US, you may have additional tax obligations. You can find more information about these possible obligations in the Seller Center - opens in new window or tab.

If you’re a managed payments seller with a business bank account, you need to have a business account on eBay. If you have a link to your personal account, you can change it to a business account in your account settings.

Getting started on eBay

Once you’ve signed up for an eBay account, check your inbox for a welcome email from us with tips for getting the most out of your membership. You can find more information on mastering the basics by taking a look at the articles below. Welcome to eBay!

Opening a second eBay account

You can open more than one eBay account as long as you use different email addresses and usernames for each additional account.

All you need to do is sign out of the account you’re currently using, go to the Registration page - opens in new window or tab, and follow the steps above to create a new account.

Be aware that you can’t use more than one account for activity related to the same listing. For example, you can’t bid on the same item from multiple accounts or bid on an item you’re selling from another account. You can find out more in our Multiple accounts policy.

If you want to move an email address from one eBay account to another, you’ll need to remove it from the first account and wait 60 days before you can add that email address to a different account. Learn how to change your email address.

To open an eBay account, you only need an email address. To open a business account, you need a business name, type, and address.

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