By: Ben Milne,

Authorizing your Dwolla account to pay for a product or service was the original intent of Dwolla’s v1 API. OAuth made it incredibly smooth, and over the years it’s continually been improved upon.

One of the features we’ve had requests for is giving developers the ability to request an email address as part of the OAuth authorization request. This gives existing Dwolla account holders the ability to easily sign in and sign up for new services, while also reducing the amount of information you have to re-enter—all within a simple and secure API.


For developers, requesting an email address to help users more quickly sign up/sign into your service requires you to request the email scope in the initial OAuth authorization request.

Remember, if you can grant an application access to your Dwolla information, you can revoke that permission at any time by logging into your account and changing your App Permissions settings.

This change makes it easy for developers to leverage Dwolla’s OAuth integration to sign up or login existing users, allowing them to uniquely identify the user on their platform. It’s a simplified experience, reducing the number of times Dwolla members have to re-enter information.

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