Here on the forums, we’ve observed that the time it takes to approve accounts depends on a couple of factors:
- Are you outside the United States?
- Did you pay via Google Checkout?
- Does the billing address on your form of payment match the address of record you’ve given to dreamhost?
Google Checkout takes longer, particularly for non-US customers. This is supposed to be because of the additional time that extra anti-fraud checks take and the fact that there’s sometimes a delay in the Google Checkout payment arriving at Dreamhost. I personally suspect that this isn’t an actual payment delay but is some kind of payment reversibility delay, but I have absolutely no evidence for this.
Direct credit card payments from outside the U.S. take longer as well for anti-fraud checks.
A mismatch on your billing address will trigger some kind of manual approval process which will delay processing. Again, the underlying cause is fraud prevention.
In the meantime, have a look around, enjoy the weather, etc.
Good luck and welcome!
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