What do I need to open an account with Skrill?

Opening a Skrill account – quick and easy!

To start, click on the Register button at the top right corner: you'll need to provide your names, country and state of residence, as well as the email address and password you'll use with your account. You can now start exploring Skrill! You'll see several buttons with the different payment options we provide, along with short descriptions of each action.

To receive and make payments, however, you'll need to complete your registration by confirming your full postal address (including city, state and ZIP code), your date of birth, your Social Security Number and your occupation. U.S. regulations require us to verify your details before you start spending, sending and receiving money through Skrill, so make sure to provide genuine details.

In case you can't complete the automated verification, you'll be asked to submit documentation instead, such as a picture of your ID and face and/or a proof of your address.

Check out the video below for a quick display of the process:


The video is shown for illustration purposes only and may not be an exact representation of the product.

How do I secure my Skrill account?

Once you've provided the required personal data, you'll be asked to create a PIN, which you can use as a challenge upon login, as well as when you send or withdraw money.

You can then enable additional security features by navigating to section Settings > Security and clicking on the Additional authentication methods tab.

How can I use my Skrill account?

With the previous steps completed, you can now make use of all payment options Skrill offers:

  • deposit funds to your wallet – we offer various deposit options, from cards and bank transfers to voucher payments;
  • pay securely at thousands of websites, directly with your Skrill digital wallet – including at betting, poker and casino sites;
  • send and receive money – from merchants, as well as friends and family;
  • withdraw funds from your wallet;
  • apply for a Skrill prepaid card.

For each payment option, we apply certain transactional limits. The limits depend on the features you use and will be displayed to you when you initiate a transaction.

Note: If you don't have a Skrill account yet but are expecting money from another Skrill customer or an online merchant, you'll need to complete your registration in order to receive it. Once done, the funds will be automatically added to your Skrill balance.

Do I need to have a bank account to use Skrill?

You're not required to have an active bank account, nor a bank card, but this also depends on the type of payments you wish to make with your wallet. If you will be receiving funds from merchants and other customers and then using them to pay online or send them to friends, you don't need a payment instrument for this. 

However, you won't be able to deposit to or withdraw from your wallet without a bank account or a credit/debit card. Having a bank account could also help with your address verification (when required) depending on what kind of proof of address you can provide.

The Skrill Visa® Prepaid Card product® is only available to residents of the United States of America, including all 50 states and territories.

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