How to change your name on PayPal?

Adam Rozsa

Wondering how to change your name on PayPal? This guide is for you.

Whether you need to make a minor correction to your name to bring it in line with your government issued photo ID, or you’re looking to change your PayPal username for your business account, we have the answers.

We’ll also touch on how you could save on fees when sending and receiving payments in foreign currencies, with Wise.


Can I change my name on PayPal?

Yes. You can change your name on PayPal if you need to correct a typo or if you’ve legally changed your name.

You won’t be able to change your PayPal account into someone else’s name, and if you’re changing your PayPal because you have a new legal name, you’ll probably need to provide legal documentation as proof of the change.

If you have a PayPal business account, you’ll also be able to change your PayPal account’s name if you can legally show your business name has changed.

Once again, you’ll need to prove that your business has legally changed name, and your linked bank account will need to show the same business name as your PayPal account.

How to change PayPal name - PayPal personal

Here’s how to change your name on your personal PayPal account¹:

  1. Log in to the PayPal website - you can’t change your name on the PayPal app
  2. Click on Settings
  3. Click Change Name beside your name
  4. Select the appropriate option to fit why you’re changing your PayPal account name

Depending on the situation, you might have to upload images of a document to show your name has really changed. This might be a government issued photo ID if you’ve legally changed your name, or a marriage certificate, for example. Make sure you include photos of both the front and back of your valid ID.

Can you change your name on a PayPal business account?

Changing your PayPal business account name is very similar to altering your name on a PayPal personal account. To change your business name²:

  1. Log in to PayPal on a web browser and go to Account Settings
  2. Click **_Business Information, _**and then click Update
  3. Select Edit
  4. Click Change which you’ll find under your business name

This process only applies if you’ve changed the registered name of your business, and can provide legal documents to show this has happened. If you’re creating an account for a new business, open a new PayPal business account rather than updating the business name on an existing account.

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  1. PayPal FAQ - how do I change my name on PayPal?
  2. PayPal FAQ - how do I change the name on PayPal business account?

All sources checked on 8 June 2022

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