Requirements and Setup
To begin the merchant account setup process, you’ll need both of the following:
- Bank Account for your campaign or committee, where all of the donations you raise using ActBlue will be transferred
- EIN (Federal Tax ID)–Federal law requires that all financial institutions establish and implement a Consumer Identification Program in order to verify the legitimacy of any entity that is attempting to set up any financial account. If you do not have an EIN, obtaining one is free and you can apply at the IRS website–it only takes a few minutes!
**All merchant account setups must be conducted by ActBlue. Please do not contact Vantiv directly or attempt to set up a merchant account outside of the ActBlue setup process–we cannot guarantee any compatibility with merchant accounts set up through other avenues.**
Setting up your merchant account
Setting up a merchant account will require an authorized representative from your committee to sign a set of agreements with ActBlue and Vantiv. You can get this process started by filling out our Merchant Account Setup Form, where all of the necessary information and documentation can be submitted!
After all of the documents are submitted to us, you will receive an email from HelloSign, a secure and legally binding signing service, with instructions on how to electronically sign your agreements. When the agreements are signed, ActBlue will automatically receive a copy.
Once all of the setup materials are submitted and signed, it can take up to 7 business days for your merchant account to be fully set up by Vantiv, so it is to your advantage to gather and submit all of your setup documentation as quickly as possible. There’s no downside to getting your account set up in advance, even if you’re not sure when you’ll need to start fundraising!
Not ready to announce your campaign publicly yet? We're able to discreetly and privately set up your account so that as soon as you’re ready to make your big announcement you can begin fundraising immediately!