How to get verified on Twitter and earn a blue checkmark badge

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How to get verified on Twitter and earn a blue checkmark badge
It's easy to apply for Twitter verification, though you'll need to meet certain criteria to earn a blue check.SOPA Images / Getty Images
  • You can get verified on Twitter by submitting an application to Twitter support.
  • When you submit your Twitter verification request, you'll need to be able to confirm your real-life identity.
  • To qualify for verification, your Twitter account needs to be "authentic, notable, and active" and fall into one of six categories.
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Nearly every social media platform has a verification feature, which has become a badge of authenticity and credibility. Twitter was one of the first to add it, and the platform's blue verification checkmark is still one of the most sought after.

When verification first launched on Twitter, you could fill out a quick form to request it. But so many people made requests that they closed the form, and made it so users would have to submit a request through their employer or agent.

Now, after years of promises, Twitter has reopened their verification process so anyone can request a blue check.

Here's how to get verified on Twitter by submitting a request.

Who is eligible to get verified on Twitter?

To be eligible to get verified, your account must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Government
  • Companies, brands, and organizations
  • News organizations and journalists
  • Entertainment
  • Sports and gaming
  • Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals

Beyond that, Twitter has some strict requirements for anyone looking to get approved. In short, your account must be authentic, notable, and active:

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  • Authentic: This ensures the account is run by a real person (or people) who they claim to be. You'll need to submit an identity check to prove this.
  • Notable: The account must be associated with a "prominently recognized individual or brand," which Twitter classifies into the six categories listed above. If you have a significant amount of followers or have been written about in the news, you might qualify even without falling into one of those categories.
  • Active: This means you use the account regularly, haven't broken any rules, and have a confirmed email address or phone number with an acceptable username and profile picture.

Note: There are some accounts that are explicitly ineligible for verification, including accounts for fictional characters, hate groups, and celebrity parodies.

How to get verified on Twitter

If you feel that you fit the criteria for a blue verification check, filling out Twitter's request form is easy.

1. Log into your account, then click "More" on the left side of the page.

2. Click "Settings and privacy," which will open up your account settings menu.

How to get verified on Twitter and earn a blue checkmark badge
Open Twitter's settings page.William Antonelli/Insider

3. On the right side of the page, click "Account information." You'll likely need to re-enter your password here to gain access.

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How to get verified on Twitter and earn a blue checkmark badge
You'll find the verification form in your "Account information" page.William Antonelli/Insider

4. On the account information page, find the tab that says "Verified." Underneath it, click "Request Verification."

How to get verified on Twitter and earn a blue checkmark badge
By default, it'll say "No" under the Verified heading.William Antonelli/Insider

5. A pop-up will appear, explaining what verification means. Click "Start request."

How to get verified on Twitter and earn a blue checkmark badge
Start the verification form.William Antonelli/Insider

6. You'll be asked which of the six categories you fall into. Select one and click "Next."

7. Depending on which category you picked, you'll be asked for more details, and proof that you actually fit in that category. This proof might include news articles written about or by you, your official website, or a certain follower threshold.

How to get verified on Twitter and earn a blue checkmark badge
You'll need to prove that you qualify for verification.William Antonelli/Insider

8. Once you've provided proof that you're in the right category, you'll be asked to submit a picture of your government issued ID, your official email address, or a link to your official website.

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How to get verified on Twitter and earn a blue checkmark badge
There are three ways to prove your identity.William Antonelli/Insider

9. You'll be asked to review what you've written. If you're sure it's correct, click "Submit."

Now, wait. It could take up to a week for Twitter to respond to your verification request.

When Twitter does respond, they'll send you an email either welcoming you to the Verified program, rejecting your application, or asking for more details. If you're rejected, you can reapply after 30 days.

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