Hacking Stripe Payments To Use In Any Country…

Dec 27, 2014 · 5 min read

Stripe Requirements.

So I need to figure out a way to use Stripe in Israel, I need to hack a workaround… Stripe requires you to have a US bank account and a US address.

Re-Loadable Prepaid Debit Cards

And then hit me I have been using a prepaid debit card thru the Israel post office for sometime now, actually I’m already on my second card first one expired a couple months ago. But my local card just created a virtual bank account that was in Israel. I need a US bank account.


That was an easy fix I just need to sign-up directly on Payoneer and not thru my local post office.

Wait What About SSN?

So Stripe does ask you for an social security number, I just put 000–000–000 and it worked. They do limit the time you can transfer payments made to your account from 2 days to 7 days. And I understand they well contact me to validate my identity which can be done via passport or photo ID.

Possible Issues?

Local tax authority? First you should look into this based on your countries law. In Israel you just have to report your bi monthly sales it doesn't matter how the money is transferred as long as you accounted for. Of course it’s best to double check everything with your accountant or local law. I’m still not sure how this works. Currently I’m not worried about this as I plan to re register Almog Design under a US company.

Wrap Up

To wrap up, let’s go over the steps.

  1. Sign-up for a US PO Box.
  2. Sign-up at Payoneer (use my referral link).
  3. Validate your identity.
  4. Update your Stripe account.
  5. You're done.


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    Almog Development Studio, formerly founder of Scoreoid / Platfarm, Product Manager, MeteorJS & NodeJS, Speaker, Entrepreneur, Scuba Diver, Rock Climber

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