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Bloom offers two API enviroments, Sandbox and Production. These two environments are wholly separate from one another, each requiring its own set of access-credentials and hosted on a different domain.

## Sandbox

The Sandbox API environment allows you to test, integrate, and develop against our complete API in a safe enviroment, using fake consumer PII and credit data. Sandbox endpoints are meant to mimic production as close as possible, and allow you integrate without the headache of managing real consumer data until you are ready to do so. Refer to individual endpoint documentation for any per-endpoint differences between Sandbox and Production. You shoul use _only_ the Sandbox enviroment to build out your integration with Bloom.

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### Fake Data Only!

Any data you receive in the Sandbox is fake, procedurally-generated data, not linked to any real person. Likewise, you should not use real consumer information when creating consumers in the Sandbox. Only the form of the data is validated, it is not verified. This means you can send in any 9-digit number for the SSN, any address (as long as it's structured properly), any valid date for Date of Birth, etc.

## Production

This is the enviroment you will use when you are ready to go live. The Production environemnt expects _real_ consumer PII (i.e. actual SSN's!) and will return to you _real_ consumer data. Contact your Bloom representative to coordinate the handoff of your production credentials.

## Per-Environment Parameters

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SandboxProduction
Authorization URL<https://auth.bloom.dev><https://auth.bloomcredit.io>
Audience Parameter`dev-api``api.bloomcredit.io`
API Base URL<https://sandbox.bloom.dev/v1><https://api.bloomcredit.io/v1>