To set-up Authorize.net as the gateway on your event site, you'll need:
- The ability to login to your Authorize.net account.
- A current software subscription and a Chair login for the event site
- Login to Authorize.net account
- Generate login/key - copy and paste in an accessible place for later use.
- Adjust security settings
- Enable Customer Information Manager (CIM), for card vaulting, if needed.
- Login to Software (Event Site) and paste in API codes and select settings.
Important! You will NOT be able to view the API Transaction Key (password) once you navigate away from the page it is issued on. If you already have an API Login ID, but don't know the Transaction Key, you must generate a NEW Transaction Key.
If your Authorize.net gateway account is in use on another web or software application, be aware that generating a new API Login ID and Transaction Key will also affect those connections. A single Authorize.net account will use the same account settings for each application (which may prevent you from using both applications simultaneously). This issue is most commonly encountered when an Authorize.net gateway is already in use with an online donations page and setting up an API login for the software auto-updates the settings for the existing account to match which can cause the existing application to stop working. Contact your Authorize.net account representative for assistance in configuring your gateway for simultaneous use on different online applications.
1. Login to your Authorize.net account:
2a. To Create an initial API Login ID/Transaction Key on a New Account:
2b. To Generate a New API Login ID/Transaction Key:
3. Recommended: Lower your security settings to reduce transaction failures:
Go to Account > Settings > Security Settings > Address Verification Service
Address Verification Service (AVS):
Important! If your ticket forms do not collect complete billing address information for each guest (via required fields), your AVS settings MUST be lowered.
4. Verify/Enable CIM to allow card vaulting:
Go to Tools > Customer Information Manager > Sign up . . .
Note: If CIM is already enabled on your account, a Customer Information Manager page will appear, and a link to "Discontinue Customer Information Manager (CIM) and terminate your CIM Service agreement" will appear below the Profile form.
4a. Accept Terms and Conditions:
Note: Authorize.net has recently discontinued the $20 monthly fee for CIM on new accounts, so if you have a new Auth.net gateway, you should enable CIM now.
If you have an older Authorize.net account and have previously paid the fee, that fee structure still applies. You may choose to wait to enable CIM until you are ready to vault cards if you want to avoid unnecessary fees.
5. Paste API codes into event software and specify settings:
Login to your event site, then Go to: Admin > Site Settings > Payment / Credit Card > Setup Gateway (Credit Card menu tab is only visible when logged in with Chair role).
Finish setting up credit card processing on your event site:
Be sure to test with a live transaction.