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Sign Up for Square Point of Sale

Learn how to sign up for a Square account online, and review the information required to activate a Square account. If you have multiple businesses, learn how to set up multiple accounts with Square. If your business has multiple locations or entities with the same company registration number, you can manage multiple locations or accounts within the single Square account.

Personal Detail Requirements

We are required by regulation to ask for the following information for account holder and business owners, shareholders, directors, partners and beneficial owners, as applicable. There is no way to create a Square account without completing verification.

  • Full name

  • Date of birth

  • Registered residential address

Even if you plan on using Square as a company or individual, in order to create a Square account you must provide your full name, home address and date of birth.

We verify the information of the account holder and any other applicable parties through a document-based system. We can accept any of the following document types:

  • Passport

  • UK/EU/EEA National ID Card

  • UK/EU/EEA Driver’s Licence

Note: Any employees added to the account by the Account Holder will not be required to provide additional personal information, except their full legal name.

Information Required to Sign Up

Regulations require that Square understand and verify the company and personal information for those we are doing business with, therefore we are required to request the following information to activate a Square account:

  • Account Holder Full Legal Name (first name, last name, second last name).

  • Account Holder Residential Address.

  • Account Holder Phone Number.

  • Company Structure and Ownership Structure.

  • Director, Shareholder, Partner, Owner or Beneficial Owner (Individuals or organisations with significant control or influence over the business) Legal Name, Residential Address and Date of Birth, as applicable.

  • Legal and Trading Company Address.

  • Company registration number, if applicable.

  • VAT number, if applicable.

  • SEPA bank account. If you’re unable to provide the information above, you won’t be able to accept card payments, but you can still use Square to track cash payments and provide your customers with email and text receipts.

Square’s card processing system meets Level 1 PCI Data Security Standards, so Square has you covered.

Sign Up Online

  1. Go to the Square website > click Get Started.

  2. Enter and confirm your email address, create a password > click Create Account.

  3. Select your business type, then enter your business information. Note: VAT number is an optional field, however you will receive an error if an invalid VAT number is entered. Enter your business information. Click Continue.

  4. You’ll be asked to input your personal and/or business information to help us verify your identity. Note: Enter your personal information as it appears on your ID. If you’re registering as a Company, you will be asked to provide information about any additional business owners or directors. When complete, click Continue.

  5. Next, you’ll enter our document-based verification flow. You will be required to upload a picture of a photo ID for us to verify, so make sure you have your ID and mobile phone nearby. We can only accept official government-issued ID, such as a passport, national ID card or driver’s licence. If you are registering as a Company, each of the business owners will be required to complete this verification step, and will receive an email with a link and instructions for completing verification. Note: The link sent to other business owners will expire after two weeks--if they have not completed verification before then, you can resend the link from your Square Dashboard.

  6. Once you have submitted your documents for verification, you will see the options to select which Square products you plan on using. This will help us make sure you get the most useful information as you continue onboarding to Square.

  7. Enter your bank details--IBANs from SEPA participating countries are accepted, however the account you link must be a current account that can support credits and debits. Please note that linking and verifying your bank account is required in order to accept payment.

  8. Finally, you’ll see the option to purchase Square hardware to help you begin accepting payments. You can either complete your purchase now, or order hardware another time.

Choose a Business Type

You can register for a Square account as a Sole Trader or Company.

Note: We are only able to support the above business types at this time, and cannot support payments for not-for-profit organisations (NPOs). These may include, but are not limited to, cooperatives, religious organisations, trade unions, residents’ associations, foundations and self-help groups.

During the signup process you’ll need to classify how you’ll use Square by selecting your business type or Merchant Category Code. Square will use this information to provide you with the most suitable features to help you grow your business.

If you’ve already set your business type and would like to change it, contact us.

For a more comprehensive look at the many features available within Square Point of Sale, view the full Square Point of Sale Guide.

Registration FAQ

Why aren’t my ID documents being accepted?

When uploading your documents and pictures for verification, make sure that your images are clear and include the full ID or ID page. If you upload images that are blurry, have excessive glare, or crop out the edges of your ID, our verification partner may have difficulty completing the verification. You must also upload a picture of the physical document–we will not be able to accept and verify copies.

My ID documents aren’t accessible right now–can I upload a copy?

No–in order to complete verification, we do require that you upload a picture of your original ID document. Uploading a copy of document may result in your verification failing.

Do I have to provide a picture of my ID to complete verification?

Yes–document-based verification is the only way in which we can verify and activate your account at this time.

I don’t have a UK/EU/EEA National ID card or driver’s licence. What can I use for verification?

If you do not have a National ID card or driver’s licence issued from the UK/EU/EEA, you can submit your passport for verification instead.

I’ve signed up as a company–how can I tell when the other business owners have been verified and my account activated?

You can check on the verification status of the other business owners in your Square Dashboard. To do so, click on Account & Settings > Business > Owners & Directors.

The other owners and directors of the business have not received their email to complete verification.

If the other owners and directors of the business have not received their email to complete verification, you can resend this from your Square Dashboard. To do so, click Account & Settings > Business > Owners & Directors. From here, you should see the option to Resend the email, or Edit the email address if it was entered incorrectly. Note: The verification link in the email will expire after two weeks. If the other owners and directors have not completed verification before then, you will need to resend the verification link.

How do I know what my verification status is?

You can check your verification status from the Setup Guide in your Square Dashboard. Read more about the different verification statuses.

Square says that my verification has been declined. What should I do?

For security purposes, our Support Team is not able to view the information on your application. Since we were unable to verify your identity, your account wasn’t activated and there is no further action possible. Unfortunately we are not able to provide additional information.