Google has developed the following policies to ensure overall program quality and a positive user experience for everyone. Any individual or business processing transactions with Google Payments Merchant Center must adhere to these policies.
Google reserves the right to expand or edit these policies at any time. Google will also exercise its sole discretion in the interpretation and enforcement of these policies in conjunction with the program's Terms of Service. Products, goods, services and other items not listed below may still be restricted.
|Unacceptable product categories||Examples|
|Academic paper-writing and test-taking services||Pre-written essays, thesis papers, and dissertations; offers for paper-writing or test-taking services|
|Adult goods and services||Pornography and other sexually suggestive materials (including literature, imagery and other media); escort or prostitution services|
|Alcohol||Payment processing of beer or liquor. Alcohol content is permitted for the purposes of allowing a user to save a “show and scan” object to Google. Learn more about the exceptions.|
|Animals and regulated species||Animal parts, blood, or fluids; noxious weeds; prohibited seeds; plants or other organisms (including product derivatives) in danger of extinction or whose trade is otherwise regulated by law|
|Bulk marketing tools||Email lists, software, or other products enabling unsolicited email messages (spam)|
|Child pornography||Pornographic materials involving minors, or content that can be perceived as pedophilia erotica|
|Copyright media and software||Unauthorized copies of books, music, movies, and other licensed or protected materials including copies without proper attribution; and unauthorized copies of software, video games and other licensed or protected materials, including OEM or bundled software|
|Counterfeit and unauthorized goods||Replicas or imitations of designer or other goods; items without a celebrity endorsement that would normally require such an association; fake autographs; currency; stamps; tickets; other potentially unauthorized goods|
|Devices or techniques for unlocking technical protection measures||Mod chips or other devices for circumventing technical protection measures on digital devices, including for unlocking iPhones|
|Drugs and drug paraphernalia||Controlled substances, narcotics, illegal drugs, and drug accessories, including psychoactive and herbal drugs such as salvia and magic mushrooms and materials promoting their use; or legal substances, such as plants or herbs, in a manner that suggests ingesting, inhaling, extracting or otherwise using any substance or compound from the legal substance will provide the same effect as an illegal drug, compound or substance or that will provide unsubstantiated health benefits|
|Financial or other regulated products, services, securities, and stored value||Payment processing is forbidden for the following services: investment consulting; refinancing or transfer of non-collectable debt; stock brokerage; manual cash disbursements; transfers involving any virtual currency, money orders; traveler's checks; stocks, bonds, or related financial products; insurances; units in collective investment schemes; stored value cards; credit services (not including credit reports or scores provided to a consumer by a consumer reporting agency); provision of services regulated or prohibited by applicable law.
Under certain conditions, some financial services would be permitted for the purposes of allowing a user to save a “show and scan” object to Google. Learn more about the policy exceptions.
|Fund solicitations||Donation solicitations from parties without a valid 501(c)(3) tax exempt status clearly displayed to the public; solicitations from parties without valid proof of exempt tax status or proof of registration with the relevant country's regulatory bodies and authorities; and political organizations that have registered with the FEC|
|Gaming/gambling||Lottery tickets, sports bets, memberships/ enrollment in online gambling sites, and related content. Promotion of offline brick and mortar casinos is allowed.|
|Government IDs, documents, or uniforms||Including but not limited to government issued IDs, passports, diplomas, noble titles, and uniforms, except if sold by an authorized government agency or by a supplier accredited by an authorized government agency|
|Hacking and cracking materials||Manuals, how-to guides, information, or equipment that violate the law by damaging or enabling unlawful access to software, servers, websites, or other protected property|
|Human parts||Organs or other body parts; body fluids; stem cells; embryos|
|Illegal/Stolen goods||Materials, products, or information promoting illegal goods or enabling illegal acts; goods you do not own or have the right to sell; goods produced in violation of a third party's rights; smuggled goods and goods in violation of export, import or labeling restrictions; motor vehicles subject to transfer restriction; goods recorded on public registers (such as real estate) and whose transfer requires formalities that cannot be legally completed online. Note: You are solely and completely responsible for verifying that all items you sell are authentic and legal.|
|Illegal telecommunications equipment||Devices intended to obtain cable and satellite signals for free, cable descramblers and black boxes, access cards, access card programmers and unloopers, unlawful tools or products to modify cellular telephones, and other equipment deemed unlawful by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) or other competent regulatory body in the country in which the goods are offered for sale|
|Miracle cures||Unsubstantiated cures, remedies or other items marketed as quick health fixes|
|Multi-level marketing and wealth creation programs||Multi-level marketing programs (including online payment randomizers), matrix, pyramid, Ponzi schemes, wealth creation programs, paid to click schemes, and all similar programs|
|Offensive goods||Goods, literature, products, or other materials that:
|Offensive goods, crime||Crime scene photos or items, such as personal belongings, associated with criminals or a criminal act|
|Precious materials||Bulk sales of rare, scarce, or valuable metals or stones|
|Prescription drugs and medical devices||Drugs or other products requiring a prescription by a licensed medical practitioner, veterinarian or any online pharmacies or whose distribution is otherwise regulated; medical devices that require government authorization for distribution; and drug test circumvention aids. Health related product promotion is permitted, subject to certain conditions and restrictions, to enable a user to save show and scan objects to Google. Learn more about the policy exceptions.|
|Protected cultural items and artifacts||Material covered by the UNESCO 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property or otherwise restricted by law from sale, export or transfer; Artifacts, cave formations (speleothems, stalactites, and stalagmites) and grave-related items that are protected under federal laws, such as The Federal Cave Resources Protection Act of 1988, and the Native American Grave Protection and Repatriation Act|
|Pyrotechnic devices and hazardous materials||Fireworks and related goods; toxic, flammable, and radioactive materials and substances;gunpowder; explosives|
|Regulated goods||Air bags; batteries containing mercury; Freon or similar substances/refrigerants; chemical/industrial solvents; medical procedures; car number plates; police badges and law enforcement equipment; lock-picking devices; medical devices; pesticides and insecticides; postage meters; passive fitness equipment and electrostimulators; recalled items; slot machines; surveillance equipment that is primarily used to obtain unlawful interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications and/or to facilitate the unlawful view or recording of individuals; goods regulated by government or other agency specifications.|
|Traffic devices||Radar jammers, license plate covers, traffic signal changers, and related products|
|Travel packages and offers||Payment processing for travel services, including hotel, flight, cruise and car reservations, travel clubs, etc. All travel related content enabling a user to “show and scan” an offer, boarding pass or ticket is permitted. Additionally, travel packages and offers are an acceptable product for users of Android Pay.
Learn more about this policy exception.
|Tobacco and cigarettes||Cigarettes, cigars, chewing tobacco, and alternative products|
|Weapons||Firearms, ammunition, and other items including but not limited to firearms, disguised, undetectable or switchblade knives, martial arts weapons, silencers, ammunition, ammunition magazines, BB guns, and tear gas. Under certain conditions, some products and services would be permitted for the purposes of allowing a user to save a “show and scan” object to Google. Learn more about the policy exceptions.|
|Wholesale currency||Discounted currencies or currency exchanges; currency backed by precious metals|