Add a required checkbox field in WooCommerce checkout page

Here is how you can add a required checkbox field in the WooCommerce checkout page that forces a user to checkbox the request before they can proceed to payment, similar to the terms and condition checkbox.

Add Checkbox Woocommerce Checkout Page

WooCommerce Form Field

Add the code in your functions.php – the example uses the a new checkbox field named ‘checkout_checkbox

add_action( 'woocommerce_review_order_before_submit', 'bt_add_checkout_checkbox', 10 );
 * Add WooCommerce additional Checkbox checkout field
function bt_add_checkout_checkbox() {
    woocommerce_form_field( 'checkout_checkbox', array( // CSS ID
       'type'          => 'checkbox',
       'class'         => array('form-row mycheckbox'), // CSS Class
       'label_class'   => array('woocommerce-form__label woocommerce-form__label-for-checkbox checkbox'),
       'input_class'   => array('woocommerce-form__input woocommerce-form__input-checkbox input-checkbox'),
       'required'      => true, // Mandatory or Optional
       'label'         => 'Ok I agree with <a href="/checkout-checkbox" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Checkout Checkbox Page</a>', // Label and Link

add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_process', 'bt_add_checkout_checkbox_warning' );
 * Alert if checkbox not checked
function bt_add_checkout_checkbox_warning() {
    if ( ! (int) isset( $_POST['checkout_checkbox'] ) ) {
        wc_add_notice( __( 'Please acknowledge the Checkbox' ), 'error' );

If you don’t want a warning and leave the checkbox as optional leave out the 2nd code block and change the required value in the 1st code block to false.

So change the CSS ID (checkout-checkbox)  to what you want, optional to add a secondary CSS Class and change your text Label and Link


.woocommerce-invalid #checkout-checkbox {
    outline: 2px solid red;
    outline-offset: 2px;

Add a bit of CSS to get the failed validation style of red box around the checkbox, use the same CSS ID.

So far the checkbox just displays on screen – see the 3 steps below to save that value to the database and display it on the backend and display it in emails.


Add Custom Field to Database as Order Meta

To add this field and value to the WordPress database

add_action( 'woocommerce_checkout_update_order_meta', 'bt_checkout_field_order_meta_db' );
 * Add custom field as order meta with field value to database
function bt_checkout_field_order_meta_db( $order_id ) {
    if ( ! empty( $_POST['checkout_checkbox'] ) ) {
        update_post_meta( $order_id, 'checkout_checkbox', sanitize_text_field( $_POST['checkout_checkbox'] ) );

Retreive and display Custom Field to back end in WooCommerce Order Screen

To display the field and label in the backend WooCommerce order.

add_action( 'woocommerce_admin_order_data_after_billing_address', 'bt_checkout_field_display_admin_order_meta', 10, 1 );
 * Display field value on the backend WooCOmmerce order
function bt_checkout_field_display_admin_order_meta($order){
    echo '<p><strong>'.__('Checkout Checkbox Label').':</strong> ' . get_post_meta( $order->get_id(), 'checkout_checkbox', true ) . '<p>'; 

Add Custom Field to WooCommerce Emails

To display the field in emails:

add_filter('woocommerce_email_order_meta_keys', 'bt_custom_order_meta_email');

function bt_custom_order_meta_email( $keys ) {
     $keys[] = 'checkout_checkbox'; // This will look for a custom field called 'checkout_checkbox' and add it to WooCommerce emails
     return $keys;

The above code will drop the checkbox in as is, you may though want to use some arbitrary label and text instead, in which case you can use the woocommerce_email_order_meta_fields filter.

add_filter( 'woocommerce_email_order_meta_fields', 'bt_woocommerce_email_order_meta_fields', 10, 3 );
 * Add a custom field (in an order) to the emails with text and label

function bt_woocommerce_email_order_meta_fields( $fields, $sent_to_admin, $order ) {
    $checkbox = get_post_meta( $order->get_id(), 'checkout_checkbox', true );
    if( $checkbox == 1 ) {
        $fields['checkout_checkbox'] = array(
            'label' => __( 'Member' ),
            'value' => __( 'Welcome Aboard' ),
        return $fields;
    else {
        $fields['checkout_checkbox'] = array(
            'label' => __( 'Member' ),
            'value' => __( 'See You Later' ),
        return $fields;

So we are assigning our custom field to a variable $checkbox and if that variable is checked (value of 1) it will output Member: Welcome Aboard if it is not checked it will output Member: See You Later



  1. Stephane on September 22, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    Thank you, Work fine. We had a issue with mountain bike insurance. With that checkbox nobody can argue that they do not read the security rules.

  2. Camilo on September 13, 2021 at 8:34 pm

    THANK YOU!!!!
    it works perfectly, thank you very much!

  3. Richard on July 15, 2021 at 7:05 am


    Great Tut but i have a question.
    the required class he makes a abbr tag to.
    How can i change it to span? because now the checkbox is nog working.

  4. JT on July 14, 2021 at 3:10 am

    Hi. Thanks for sharing the code. I am only using the main code. Interestingly, it works on desktop but not on mobile. On mobile, I was able to checkout without ticking the additional required checkbox. Any thoughts? Thanks!

    • Neil Gowran on July 14, 2021 at 3:23 am

      Should work the same unless you are using a separate theme for mobile, also make sure all caches are cleared

      • JT on July 14, 2021 at 5:45 am

        Hi Neil, thanks for getting back so soon. I was wrong, it’s not just about mobile. It happens on desktop too. I have come to realize that it doesn’t seem like a cache issue, but related to a delivery plugin. It’s kind of strange.

        I am using this additional checkbox to remind customers to check that they have selected the date and time. If I did not choose the date and time, this additional checkbox prompts the error when untick. But if the date and time are selected, this error will not show up even when untick, and that’s when customers can bypass the checkbox. In both cases, I left the default terms checkbox untick to check which error message shows.

        But I’m not sure how to workaround this.

        • richard on July 15, 2021 at 8:35 am

          i have the same.
          its about the required = true.
          if you have that you dont see the checkbox.
          because te tag is a abbr class=”required”
          if you change abbr to span it works fine.
          but i have no idea how to change it :( only in inspector hihi

          • JT on July 16, 2021 at 2:48 am

            Interesting. Unfortunately, I have no clue too.
            Hopefully Neil can share some insights. :)

  5. Greg on June 9, 2021 at 9:02 am

    Great, thanks!

  6. Michael on June 8, 2021 at 8:51 am

    Hav anyone modified the code to be product specific?


    • Jason Robie on July 12, 2021 at 9:50 pm

      Hi Michael,
      I create a function that will loop through my cart items and grab the IDs of all the products.
      Then, I call on that function within my hook so it will only show up if a specific product is in the cart (in this case, ID 2024).

      function woo_custom_product_is_in_the_cart($ids)
      $cart_ids = array();
      // Find each product in the cart and add it to the $cart_ids array
      foreach (WC()->cart->get_cart() as $cart_item_key => $values) {
      $cart_product = $values[‘data’];
      $cart_ids[] = $cart_product->id;
      // If one of the special products are in the cart, return true.
      if (!empty(array_intersect($ids, $cart_ids))) {
      return true;
      } else {
      return false;

      Then the top of that hook function looks like this:
      function bt_add_checkout_checkbox() {
      $product_ids = array(2024);
      if (woo_custom_product_is_in_the_cart($product_ids)) { ?>
      This only shows if product id 2024 is in the cart

      rest of your code goes here


      • Judith Kocken on August 29, 2021 at 1:37 pm

        Thanks for helping out on this. I tried your code but my checkbox does not show up at all… Am I supposed to put the product ID somewhere in the first function or only in the second?

  7. Arne on June 3, 2021 at 1:40 pm

    Thanks for this great little Tutorial.

    The CSS is not working because the CSS-Ids are different (checkout_checkbox in php and checkout-checkbox in css)

    I had to add an additional:

    #checkout-checkbox {
    position: relative;
    since the woocommerce classes seems to let the checkbox have an absolute position, which looks not good.

  8. JM on May 5, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    This is awesome! Massive respect to you Neil for helping newbies do what WooCommerce doesn’t.

    When checking or not checking the box, is it possible to show a different value in the email/backend? By default the value of checked box is 1, and un-checked is nothing.

    • Neil Gowran on May 6, 2021 at 12:14 am

      I updated the post so you can see how it’s possible to output different text based on whether the checkbox is checked or not.

      • JM on June 14, 2021 at 11:14 am

        You’re the best!

  9. chris on April 24, 2021 at 12:19 pm

    ok my bad, it’s working !
    my error came because I’ve translated ‘error’ in wc_add_notice in my language…

  10. chris on April 24, 2021 at 12:08 pm

    thanks but not working, you can pass trough with last wp version 5.7.1

  11. Joel on March 9, 2021 at 4:57 am

    This was super easy to implement. Is there a way to have this recorded in the customer meta or the order meta?

  12. jacek on December 2, 2020 at 6:46 pm

    Hi, i have added your snippet to my page but unfortunately even when it is checked the error appears that it is unchecked. even if somebody want to buy my product on product page with apple pay without going to checkout page.

  13. ame bin salam on November 26, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    hi, I want to add a description before the checkbox and after that the check box. how can I do it. can any help me

    • Neil Gowran on January 18, 2021 at 10:05 pm

      You can echo out some html before and after the woocommerce_form_field

      echo '<h3>Hello Customer</h3>';
          woocommerce_form_field( 'checkout-checkbox', array( // CSS ID
             'type'          => 'checkbox',
             'class'         => array('form-row mycheckbox'), // CSS Class
             'label_class'   => array('woocommerce-form__label woocommerce-form__label-for-checkbox checkbox'),
             'input_class'   => array('woocommerce-form__input woocommerce-form__input-checkbox input-checkbox'),
             'required'      => true, // Mandatory or Optional
             'label'         => 'Ok I agree with <a href="/checkout-checkbox" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Checkout Checkbox Page</a>', // Label and Link
          echo '<h3>Goodbye Customer</h3>';
  14. Paco on November 5, 2020 at 5:31 am

    ???????? Thank you very much for that, really very useful (͡⚈‿⚈͡).

  15. Menachem Engel on October 26, 2020 at 11:22 am

    Hi. This is so perfect for what I need on my site. Thank you so much! Any way to get this on the cart page instead of checkout and a customer wont be able to proceed to checkout unless they check the box? Thank you!

  16. Bertrand on October 16, 2020 at 10:05 am


    This code is really helping, thanks a lot!
    However, the required mode only works for Woocommerce bank transfer payment.

    Paypal & Stripe keep skipping the required mode for this checkbox.
    I have been looking around but do not know how to resolve this, any idea?

    thanks in advance

  17. Naomi on September 4, 2020 at 11:49 am

    thanks for the code, but as well as Damian, “required” is not working.

  18. Damian on September 2, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    Looks good, but this code is not working for me. It passes even when user will leave them not checked :/

    • Neil Gowran on September 4, 2020 at 9:42 pm

      Have updated the code snippet

      • Damian on September 4, 2020 at 10:08 pm

        Great! Work as expected :)
        Thank you again!

        I let myself extend your code and add an option to save this checkbox in WooCommerce order status for case when I have more chceckboxes (required or not) and want to know which one was selected:

        /* Save checkbox information in order details admin area meta */
        add_action(‘woocommerce_checkout_update_order_meta’, ‘checkout_order_meta’);
        function checkout_order_meta( $order_id ) {
        if ($_POST[‘checkout-checkbox’]) update_post_meta( $order_id, ‘checkout-checkbox’, esc_attr($_POST[‘checkout-checkbox’]));

        /* Display field value on the order edition page */
        add_action( ‘woocommerce_admin_order_data_after_billing_address’, ‘select_checkout_field_display_admin_order_meta’, 10, 2 );
        function select_checkout_field_display_admin_order_meta($order){

        echo ‘‘.__(‘Checkbox no. 1′).’‘.__(‘ (user selected value): ‘) . get_post_meta( $order->id, ‘checkout-checkbox’, true ) . ”;


        It work’s, but If you have any comment on that it would be great. I’m just a beginner.

        • Neil Gowran on September 4, 2020 at 11:51 pm

          Nice one, will have to check it out

  19. khan on August 19, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    how to add a required checkbox but only when a specific product is in checkout?

    • David on October 5, 2020 at 9:04 pm

      The same question for me… Someone knows hot to do?

  20. Damiaan van Vliet on May 18, 2020 at 6:55 am

    Great, thanks for sharing the code. Could be useful on a future project.

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