How to Sign Up for an eBay Account

By Techwalla Internet Editor

If you have never been on eBay before, you probably know plenty of people who have. Goods and services of every conceivable type regularly change hands here. It's a simple matter to sign up for an eBay account, so you can discover its many wonders for yourself.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Internet connection
  • Valid credit card

Step 1

Go to the eBay home page (see the Resources section below).

Step 2

Click on 'Register.'

Step 3

Enter your name and contact information into the provided fields.

Step 4

Provide eBay with a user name and password. You can be creative here; just be sure you pick something you will remember easily.

Step 5

Pick a security question and provide an answer. This will be useful if you ever forget your password.

Step 6

Give eBay your date of birth. You have to be 18 to use the site, so eBay needs to have this information to make sure you are of legal age.

Step 7

Check the box indicating you agree to eBay's terms and conditions of use. You may want to click on the provided link and read these conditions beforehand.

Step 8

Get out your credit card. eBay needs this information to confirm your identity. The card will not be charged, so do not worry.

Step 9

Check your email. At this point, eBay will send an email to the address you provided. You must open the email and click 'Activate E-bay Membership.'

Step 10

Smile! You are now a member of eBay!

Tips & Warnings

  • If you need more help to sign up for an eBay account, visit the site's user-friendly Help page.
  • When you sign up for your eBay account, make sure that you enter the correct billing address for your credit card. eBay verifies your identity with your card issuer before sending a confirmation email. If you enter an incorrect billing address, your eBay account registration will not go through.