Can I Get a Paper Check From Paypal?

PayPal checks can take up to two weeks to arrive.

PayPal checks can take up to two weeks to arrive.

PayPal allows users to withdraw money from their account in three ways: transfer to a bank account, load a PayPal debit card or receive a paper check. You'll need a verified account to choose the paper check option, which also requires a confirmed address. It takes one to two weeks to receive the check for U.S. addresses and six weeks for foreign addresses, making a paper check the least-convenient method to withdraw funds. PayPal charges $1.50 for the check, while the other two methods are free.

Request a Paper Check from PayPal

Log into your PayPal account.

Click on the "My Account" tab.

Click on "Withdraw." Choose "Request a check."

Fill in the amount you wish to withdraw. Use a decimal place between the dollars and cents.

Use the pull-down menu to choose where you want PayPal to mail the check. You can add a new address if necessary by following the links. Click "Continue."

Verify the amount. A $1.50 check fee will be subtracted from the proceeds. Click "Submit." If you wish to alter the amount, click "Cancel," then proceed from Step 4.

Wait for a confirmation email. If you do not receive this, log back into PayPal and check the "My Account" section to be certain your check request has been processed.


  • To get your money more quickly, you can have the funds transferred to your bank account, which takes only three to four business days. There is no fee for this service.
  • The PayPal debit card is even faster. You can access funds immediately through an ATM or charge purchases directly to the card. ATM or foreign currency transaction fees may apply.


  • PayPal will issue the check in the name of the account holder, so you will not be able to send a PayPal check to someone else.
  • Sending a check to someone else's address requires you to provide the recipient's credit card number to add the mailing address to your PayPal account.

About the Author

Naomi Smith has been writing full-time since 2009, following a career in finance. Her fiction has been published by Loose Id and Dreamspinner Press, among others. She holds a Master of Science in financial economics from the London School of Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley.

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