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Enter or edit your payroll service key

To start using QuickBooks Desktop Payroll, you may need to enter a 12-digit payroll service key into your QuickBooks Desktop software. If you're prompted to enter this payroll service key in product and don't already have one, contact QuickBooks Desktop support.

Enter a payroll service key

Follow the steps below to activate payroll using a payroll service key.

  1. Choose Employees > Payroll > Enter Payroll Service Key.
  2. In the Add Payroll window, enter the 12-digit payroll service key you were provided.
  3. Click Next and then Finish.

Edit an existing payroll service key

Follow the steps below if payroll has already been activated in your QuickBooks Desktop software, but you need to enter a different payroll service key.

  1. Choose Employees My Payroll Service Manage Payroll Service Key
  2. In the Add Payroll window, enter the 12-digit payroll service key you were provided.
  3. Click Next and then Finish.

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