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An overview of the steps to start accepting payments using Adyen.

Step 1. Create a test account

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Get started with Adyen by creating a free test account. Your test account gives you access to the test Customer Area, which is a unified dashboard where you can manage your Adyen integration across regions and currencies.

Your test Customer Area account allows you to:

  • Make test payments.
  • Invite team members.
  • Apply for a live account.
  • Start building your integration.
A test account lets you try out Adyen's integrations, but does not guarantee that you will be able to process live payments.

If you want to process live payments, check the list of prohibited or restricted products and services. If your business is eligible, contact our Sales team before you apply for a live account to find out whether Adyen is right for you.

Step 2. Build your integration

Start building your integration using your test account. You can also start your application for a live account. You may want to wait for your application to be approved before you build your whole integration.

Choose your integration to match your business needs:

Step 3. Apply for your live account

A live account allows you to accept payments from your shoppers using Adyen. Because Adyen is a payment provider and acquirer, we are legally obliged to do detailed checks when you apply for a live account.

Before applying for a live account, make sure you have done the following:

  1. Check the list of prohibited or restricted products and services.
  2. If your business is eligible, contact our Sales team to find out whether Adyen is right for you.
  3. Review the application requirements for a live account.

Apply for your live account from your test Customer Area by selecting Apply for live on the welcome page.

Step 4. Sign the contract and get your live account

If your application is approved, we send you the contract. If your integration uses card payments, we also send you a data security attestation form. Complete this form based on your technical integration to ensure compliance with Payment Card Industry (PCI) standards.

Once we've received your signed contract and the completed data security attestation form, you get access to your live Customer Area. The user who created the test account receives the login instructions by email.

Step 5. Configure your live account

To start accepting live payments using your live account, you must first configure it. The settings from your test account are not copied to your live account.

Use our go-live checklists to make sure you've got everything correctly set up before accepting live payments: