Retrieving a PayPal Transaction ID

If you’ve purchased an upgrade for your blog, our payment processor, PayPal has generated a unique transaction ID to identify your transaction.  It’s a 17-character string made up of both letters and numbers.  We may request the PayPal transaction ID to look up your purchase, or to verify your account ownership. Keep in mind that since PayPal is our sole payment processor behind-the-scenes, this transaction ID will be generated even if you paid via credit card or another method.

If You Paid With a PayPal Account

If you paid with your PayPal account, it’s easy to find the transaction number:

1) To begin, login to your PayPal account.

2) Select Activity.

PayPal Activity

3) Using the dropdown menus, select the time period in which the purchase was made. You can also specify the type of transaction you’re looking for. In this case, select Payments Sent.


PayPal Payments Sent

4) Clicking on any transaction titled will show you the details of the purchase.

PayPal Payments


5) The “Transaction ID” in the receipt is your 17-character PayPal transaction’s ID. Copy and paste this number where requested, and you’re good to go!

PayPal Transaction ID

Via Email Receipt

PayPal receipts for will be sent to your email address from You can use your email client to search messages from this address for or to locate receipts from

PayPal Email Receipt


Once you’ve located a receipt, copy and paste the “Transaction ID” where requested, and you’re good to go!

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If You Paid With a Credit Card, Debit Card, or Another Method

Locate the email receipt you received after paying for your upgrade. The 17-digit transaction ID is at the bottom of the receipt.

PayPal Transaction ID

If you have access to your account, you can go into your administration area under Store > Billing History to find all transaction receipts since September 15, 2009.
PayPal Transaction ID - Billing History

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Contact PayPal directly

Sometimes you need to retrieve your PayPal transaction ID, but don’t have the email receipt. All payments are processed by PayPal, even if you paid by debit or credit card, so you can contact PayPal directly to get the transaction ID.

You can reach PayPal at 1-888-221-1161 from inside the U.S. and 1-402-935-2050 if calling from outside the U.S.. You can also visit PayPal’s website for additional ways to contact PayPal.

When contacting PayPal to obtain a transaction ID, please have the following details of the transaction ready:

  • Name on card
  • Amount and date of transaction
  • Card number

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