You need to register with handshake to open an account and you must be located in New Zealand. You can either register a personal or business account. Personal accounts are for everyday users and business accounts are for people who want to run a handshake business account. To run a handshake business account you must fulfill some requirements.
First log in and account activation
After completing the online registration form we will send you an account activation email. This will contain a link to a specially activated log in page. To complete your registration you must use this page to log in to handshake for the first time.
If your account activation email doesn’t arrive, please check your spam folders and spam filters.
Handshake encourages you to prove you’re serious about buying and selling by verifying your contact details. It also helps you build trust in us, and best of all: it’s totally free!
You can do this in three ways:
1. Verify your contact phone number
This can be done with either a mobile or landline number, and will result in a mobile or landline badge appearing against your username. You can verify both mobile and landline numbers, if desired.
Note: editing a verified number will result in losing its associated badge, so handshake recommends you re-verify the number. Please log off and log in again for changes to take effect.
2. Verify your residential address
Upload proof of your address by taking a photo of a recent bill (such as an electricity or telephone bill) showing your name, address and the date. Once approved, a home badge will appear next to your username. You can upload any number of documents, however handshake will consider only the last updated document as proof of address. Please allow a processing time of 3 days if using this process.
Note: editing a verified address will result in losing its associated badge, so handshake recommends you re-verify the address. Please log off and log in again for changes to take effect, and repeat the above procedure.
3. Add credit to your account
The minimum top up amount is $10, and the entire amount credited can be used to purchase handshake services. Verification happens automatically during your first top up, and will result in a transaction badge appearing against your username.
Prove to others that you’re serious about buying and selling by using one or all methods – it’s up to you! The more badges you have, the more trustworthy you may appear to other members.
Remember: the best way to prove you’re serious about buying and selling is by being honest.