See also the Braintree_Customer response object.

You can create a customer by itself, with a payment method, or with a credit card with a billing address.

note

If you intend to create a transaction at the same time as a customer, you may want to use Braintree_Transaction::sale() with either the options.storeInVaultOnSuccess or options.storeInVault options.

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$result = Braintree_Customer::create([
    'firstName' => 'Mike',
    'lastName' => 'Jones',
    'company' => 'Jones Co.',
    'email' => 'mike.jones@example.com',
    'phone' => '281.330.8004',
    'fax' => '419.555.1235',
    'website' => 'http://example.com'
]);

$result->success;
# true

$result->customer->id;
# Generated customer id
Parameters
'company' string

Company name. Maximum 255 characters.

'creditCard'

A credit or debit payment method.

'billingAddress'

A billing address associated with a specific credit card. The maximum number of addresses per customer is 50.

'company' string

Company name. Maximum 255 characters.

'countryCodeAlpha2' string

The ISO 3166-1 alpha-2 country code specified in an address. The gateway only accepts specific alpha-2 values.

'countryCodeAlpha3' string

The ISO 3166-1 alpha-3 country code specified in an address. The gateway only accepts specific alpha-3 values.

'countryCodeNumeric' string

The ISO 3166-1 numeric country code specified in an address. The gateway only accepts specific numeric values.

'countryName' string

The country name specified in an address. We only accept specific country names.

'extendedAddress' string

The extended address information—such as apartment or suite number. 255 character maximum.

'firstName' string

The first name. Maximum 255 characters.

'lastName' string

The last name. Maximum 255 characters.

'locality' string

The locality/city. Maximum 255 characters.

'options'
'postalCode' string

The postal code. Postal code must be a string of 4-9 alphanumeric characters, optionally separated by a dash or a space. Spaces, hyphens, and all other special characters are ignored.

'region' string

The state or province. Maximum 255 characters.

'streetAddress' string

The street address. Maximum 255 characters.

'cardholderName' string

The name associated with the credit card. Must be less than or equal to 175 characters.

'cvv' string

Typically requires PCI SAQ D compliance

We recommend using paymentMethodNonce to avoid any PCI concerns with raw credit card data being present on your server.

A 3 or 4 digit card verification value assigned to a credit card. The CVV will never be stored in the gateway, but it can be provided with one-time requests to verify the card.

'expirationDate' string

Typically requires PCI SAQ D compliance

We recommend using paymentMethodNonce to avoid any PCI concerns with raw credit card data being present on your server.

The expiration date of a credit card, formatted MM/YY or MM/YYYY. May be used instead of expirationMonth and expirationYear.

'expirationMonth' string

Typically requires PCI SAQ D compliance

We recommend using paymentMethodNonce to avoid any PCI concerns with raw credit card data being present on your server.

The expiration month of a credit card, formatted MM. May be used with expirationYear, and instead of expirationDate.

'expirationYear' string

Typically requires PCI SAQ D compliance

We recommend using paymentMethodNonce to avoid any PCI concerns with raw credit card data being present on your server.

The two or four digit year associated with a credit card, formatted YYYY or YY. May be used with expirationMonth, and instead of expirationDate.

'number' string

Typically requires PCI SAQ D compliance

We recommend using paymentMethodNonce to avoid any PCI concerns with raw credit card data being present on your server.

The 12-19 digit value on a credit card consisting of a bank identification number (BIN) and primary account number (PAN).

'options'

Optional values that can be passed with a request.

'failOnDuplicatePaymentMethod' bool

If this option is passed and the payment method has already been added to the Vault, the request will fail. This option will not work with PayPal payment methods.

'makeDefault' bool

This option makes the specified payment method the default for the customer.

'verificationAmount' string

Specify a non-negative amount that you want to use to verify a card. If you do not pass this option, the gateway will automatically use a verification amount of $0 or $1, depending on the processor and/or card type.

'verificationMerchantAccountId' string

Specify the merchant account ID that you want to use to verify a card. Cannot be a Braintree Marketplace sub-merchant account. For more details on merchant accounts in general, see merchantAccountId on Braintree_Transaction::sale().

'verifyCard' bool

If the payment method is a credit card, this option prompts the gateway to verify the card's number and expiration date. It also verifies the AVS and CVV information if you've enabled AVS and CVV rules. If you want to verify all cards before they are stored in your Vault, you can turn on card verification for your entire Braintree account in the Control Panel.

In some cases, cardholders may see a temporary authorization on their account after their card has been verified. The authorization will fall off the cardholder's account within a few days and will never settle.

Only returns a Braintree_CreditCardVerification result if verification runs and is unsuccessful.

'token' string

An alphanumeric value that references a specific payment method stored in your Vault. Must be less than or equal to 36 characters. If using a custom integration, you can specify what you want the token to be. If not specified, the gateway will generate one that can be accessed on the result. If using our Drop-in UI, you cannot specify your own token. Length and format of gateway-generated tokens and IDs may change at any time.

'customFields'

A collection of custom field/value pairs. Fields and values must be less than 255 characters. You must set up each custom field in the Control Panel prior to passing it with a request. Querying this value returns a collection of custom field values stored on the customer object.

'deviceData' string

Customer device information. Passing this value is strongly recommended when using Advanced Fraud Tools and adding credit card data to your Vault. Not recommended when vaulting PayPal or Venmo accounts.

'email' string

Email address composed of ASCII characters.

'fax' string

Fax number. Maximum 255 characters.

'firstName' string

The first name. The first name value must be less than or equal to 255 characters.

'id' string

A string value that will represent this specific customer in your Vault. 36 character maximum; must be unique within your Vault; valid characters are letters, numbers, -, and _; the words "all" and "new" currently cannot be used. If not specified on creation, the gateway will generate an alphanumeric ID that can be accessed on the result. The generated IDs will never start with a leading 0 and are case insensitive.

'lastName' string

The last name. The last name value must be less than or equal to 255 characters.

'paymentMethodNonce' string

One-time-use reference to payment information provided by your customer, such as a credit card or PayPal account. When passed on customer create, it creates a payment method associated with the new customer; see example below.

'phone' string

Phone number. Maximum 255 characters.

'riskData'

Customer device information, which is sent directly to supported processors for fraud analysis. These fields are automatically populated if using Advanced Fraud Tools. Currently only available when processing American Express via Amex Direct. Contact our Support team with any questions.

'customerBrowser' string

The User Agent field provided by the customer. Maximum 255 characters.

'customerIp' string

The customer's IP address.

'website' string

Website URL. Must be less than or equal to 255 characters. Website must be well-formed. The URL scheme is optional.

Examples

Specify your own customer ID

You can optionally choose what you would like the ID to be. Customer IDs are case insensitive.

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$result = Braintree_Customer::create([
    'id' => 'customer_123',
    'firstName' => 'Mike'
]);

Blank customer

If you're only interested in storing a payment method without any customer information, you can create a blank customer:

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$result = Braintree_Customer::create();

Customer with a payment method

You can also create a payment method along with a customer. If all customer validations and credit card validations or PayPal account validations pass, and the credit card is verified (if supplied and verification is requested), success will return true.

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$result = Braintree_Customer::create([
    'firstName' => 'Mike',
    'lastName' => 'Jones',
    'company' => 'Jones Co.',
    'paymentMethodNonce' => nonceFromTheClient
]);
if ($result->success) {
    echo($result->customer->id);
    echo($result->customer->paymentMethods[0]->token);
} else {
    foreach($result->errors->deepAll() AS $error) {
        echo($error->code . ": " . $error->message . "\n");
    }
}

If you do not specify a token for the payment method, as in the example above, the gateway will generate one. If you are using a custom integration, you can also choose what you want the token to be.

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$result = Braintree_Customer::create([
    'firstName' => 'Mike',
    'lastName' => 'Jones',
    'company' => 'Jones Co.',
    'creditCard' => ['token' => 'a_token'],
    'paymentMethodNonce' => nonceFromTheClient
]);

Customer with a payment method and billing address

You can also pass in a billing address when creating a customer and payment method.

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$result = Braintree_Customer::create([
    'paymentMethodNonce' => nonceFromTheClient,
    'creditCard' => [
        'billingAddress' => [
            'firstName' => 'Jen',
            'lastName' => 'Smith',
            'company' => 'Braintree',
            'streetAddress' => '123 Address',
            'locality' => 'City',
            'region' => 'State',
            'postalCode' => '12345'
        ]
    ]
]);

Card verification

By default we will run credit card validations but not perform verification. Set the $verifyCard option to verify the card.

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$result = Braintree_Customer::create([
    'paymentMethodNonce' => nonceFromTheClient,
    'firstName' => 'Fred',
    'lastName' => 'Jones',
    'creditCard' => [
        'options' => [
            'verifyCard' => true
        ]
    ]
]);
important

If you are using our Advanced Fraud Tools, we strongly recommend passing $deviceData each time you verify a card.

Use custom fields

Use custom fields to store additional data about your customers in Braintree. You'll need to configure your custom fields in the Control Panel to use them via the API.

Here is an example of setting custom fields with API names of custom_field_one and custom_field_two:

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$result = Braintree_Customer::create([
    'firstName' => 'Bob',
    'lastName' => 'Smith',
    'customFields' => [
        'custom_field_one' => 'custom value',
        'custom_field_two' => 'another custom value'
    ]
]);

$result->customer->customFields['custom_field_one']
# 'custom value'

$result->customer->customFields['custom_field_two']
# 'another custom value'

See also

Still have questions?

If you can’t find an answer, contact our Support team.