Simple steps on how to get verified on Twitter

The verification badge has become a symbol of authenticity and credibility on various social media platforms today. Twitter was one of the first social media platforms to add it, and the app’s blue verification checkmark is still one of the most sought after.

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A look at the kind of audience that Twitter explains why many would seek a verification badge. 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. Twitter has now reopened their verification process so anyone can request a blue check.

Who is eligible to get verified on Twitter?

Before you move on to get verified, you need to know who is eligible to get verified. 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

However, there are exceptions for individuals who do not fall within the stated categories. For anyone then looking to get verified, Twitter has some strict requirements. In short, your account must be authentic, notable, and active:

  • 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.
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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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

With these easy steps, you can set your hopes on getting verified on Twitter. 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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