Create a Label

When your order is ready to ship, you can purchase and print a label on the PayPal Shipping Center Buy a Label page. Log in to to get started.


How to Access the Buy a Label Page

You can access the Buy a Label page in one of two ways:

  1. In the PayPal Shipping Center, click your order number on the Ready to Ship tab of the Orders page.

  2. In your PayPal account, click the drop-down menu next to the order and choose Print shipping label.

    Box highlights Print shipping Label dropdown menu

Create a Label Without an Order

If you need to create a shipping label independent of an order, you can use the Create New Quick Label button on the Orders page.

Box highlights link to Create New Quick Label

How to Create a Label

To create a label on the Buy a Label page:

  1. Select your Ship From address, if you have multiple addresses for your account.

    The Ship To address will automatically populate from the order details.

    Sample Ship From and Ship To addresses shown under the "Shipping Address" section of the Buy a Label screen
  2. Fill in the following information about your shipment in the Package and Weight section:

    • Package Type

    • Dimensions*

      *Not required if you select a USPS Flat Rate package type

    • Weight*

      *Not required if you select a USPS Flat Rate package type

    • Delivery Confirmation

    • Insured Value (optional)

    Add Insurance to Your Shipments

    By default, USPS and UPS include insurance coverage up to $100 for specific services. You can add more insurance coverage to your shipments for an additional fee. See our guides below for more information.

  3. Click the Calculate rates button. Your available service choices will display in the Shipping Services section.

    Box highlights Calculate Rates button. Rates display to side of address and package fields.
  4. Select your desired shipping service.

  5. Click the Purchase Label button to purchase the label.

    Purchase Label button highlighted with red box in Shipping Services panel.

    You will be directed to the Order Summary page where you can review the details of your shipment and print your label.

  6. Click the Print Label button to open a preview of the label in your browser.

  7. Select the print icon to print the label from your browser.


    To download your shipping label and save the PDF file to your computer, click the download icon on your browser's print screen.


Go back to the Ready to Ship screen to create labels for more orders, or go to the Shipped screen to review the order information, view or reprint your label, or void the label if needed.

If you need to ship an order in multiple boxes, you can create additional labels for the order from the Order Summary page.

Things to Know About Creating Labels

  • The Shipping Services section of the Buy a Label page will only show services that are valid selections for your shipment.

  • Labels can be 8.5 x 11 inches in size if you use a desktop printer or 4 x 6 inches if you use a thermal printer. You can change your default label size in your PayPal Shipping Center account settings.

  • Labels are saved as PDF files. You will need to open the file in your browser to print.

  • Once a label has been created, your PayPal account will be notified. PayPal will then send a shipment confirmation to your customer.

  • After the label is purchased, you can print the packing slip from the Order Summary or from the PayPal Transaction Details page.

  • Package Types include:

    • Custom Package

    • Large Envelope or Flats

    • USPS Flat Rate Envelope

    • USPS Flat Rate Padded Envelope

    • USPS Small Flat Rate Box

    • USPS Medium Flat Rate Box

    • USPS Large Flat Rate Box

    Learn more about USPS domestic package sizes and dimensions.