Payment authorization

When a customer makes a payment using a credit card, the payment information needs to be captured and sent to their bank for processing. If you are using Shopify Payments or another credit card payment provider, then you'll need to decide how to capture payment from your customers. You can configure your settings to automatically capture payment at the time of the sale, or manually capture payment later. If you set up manual capture, you will have to capture payments from the Orders page in your admin.

What is a credit card authorization period?

All credit card payment providers have an authorization period to allow a charge to be made to a customer's credit card. The authorization process first checks that the credit card is valid, and then that the card has enough funds on it for the transaction.

The authorization period will end after a certain amount of time. The length of the authorization period depends on your credit card payment provider. You need to capture a payment within the authorization period to collect money for your order.

Shopify Payments provides an authorization period of 7 days.

Set up automatic capture of credit card payments

Most merchants set their stores to capture credit card payments automatically. This allows the store to automatically charge customers' cards before the authorization period ends, which saves time when processing orders.


  1. In the Payment capture section, select Automatically capture payment for orders.

  2. Click Save.

Set up manual capture of credit card payments


  1. In the Payment capture section, select Manually capture payment for orders.

  2. Optional: If you use Shop Pay and you want to receive emails before the authorization period for each order ends, then check Send a warning email when authorizations are close to expiring.

  3. Click Save.

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