Linden Lab Official:Usage Fees and U.S. Dollar Charges

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Linden Lab® will only bill your account under very specific circumstances. All charges are deducted from your U.S. Dollars (USD) balance first, and then from your credit card or PayPal account if your USD balance is insufficient.

This articles provides the complete list of the types of charges you may incur.

Premium Membership

Premium account holders are charged according to the payment plan they have selected. Depending on the plan, charges may occur monthly, quarterly, or yearly. Check your Account Summary to find out your current billing rate. To change your billing rate, see the Upgrade/Downgrade Membership page.

Land Use Fee

The Land Use Fee (also known as Tier) is a variable monthly charge that increases incrementally with the amount of land you own in Second Life. For more information about Land Use Fees, check out the Land Pricing & Use Fees page. Land Use Fees are separate from Private Region Fees.

Private Region Fee

In addition to the initial charge to buy a Private Region, owners of Private Regions pay a monthly fee to Linden Lab. Private Region Fees are charged directly to your credit card or PayPal account, and are separate from other Land Use Fees.

  • Full sized Region Initial Setup: $1000
  • Full sized Region Monthly Fee: $295
  • Full sized Educational Region Initial Setup: $700
  • Full sized Educational Region Monthly Fee: $147.50
  • Homestead Region Initial Setup: $375
  • Homestead Region Monthly Fee: $125
  • Educational Homestead Region Initial Setup: $262
  • Educational Homestead Monthly Fee: $66.50
  • Openspace Initial Setup: $250
  • Openspace Monthly Fee: $75
KBnote.png Note: Private Region fees exclude VAT.

Visit the Land Portal for more information about land types and pricing, including access to the Land Store and Auction site.


Some land auctions are denominated in U.S. Dollars. Winning an auction incurs a one-time payment, but can cause an increase in your monthly Land Use Fees if the additional land moves you to the next Land Tier. For more information about land auctions in Second Life, see the Auction FAQ.

Region Rental

It is possible to rent an entire Region for a short period of time. The cost of renting a Region is L$4000 per day, paid in full on the first day of the rental. Note that this price is listed in Linden dollars (L$) instead of U.S. dollars. For more information on Region rental, visit the Land Portal.

Linden Dollar Exchange

All Residents have the option of trading U.S. Dollars for Linden Dollars (L$) on the Linden Dollar Exchange (LindeX). LindeX charges are generated on a per-transaction basis; you will only be charged if and when you decide to make an exchange. You may also purchase Linden Dollars inworld by clicking the blue L$ button next to your inworld Linden Dollar balance. For additional information on LindeX transaction fees, see the LindeX: Fees page.

Some credit card issuers charge a small fee if the payment settles in a currency that is not native to the card. If you're in the United States and are being charged a foreign transaction fee with your current credit card, try deleting and re-entering your payment method. This should resolve your foreign transaction fees; if it does not, consult your financial institution for details on their schedule of fees.

KBwarning.png Warning: If you find any suspicious or unexpected charges on your credit card or PayPal statement that appear to be from Linden Lab, gather all available information and submit a Support ticket to Billing for investigation.