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How to verify your Facebook page or account

The Blue verification badge() is one of the most coveted features on most of the social networking websites like Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and others. However, it’s not easy to get the verified badge.

Facebook has policies that govern who is eligible to apply for a blue verification badge and several requirements that those eligible have to follow in order to get verified.

In this article, we’re going to list out everything that Facebook requires you to do to get your Page or Account verified.

Which accounts and pages get verified?

  • Media organisations
  • Public figures (such as elected official, politician, celebrities, athletes and selected others)
  • Law enforcement
  • City government
  • Brands (selected)

The eligibility is also based on account completeness, policy compliance and public interest. According to the verification form, profiles and pages that represent a business or brand are not eligible to submit a request.

So, before requesting to verify a page or an account, ensure that you comply with Facebook’s terms of service.

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Requirements for verifying your Facebook page and account

Facebook's new policies to counter voter suppression during electionsTo request a verification badge, you’ll also need to have the following things on your Page or Profile:

  • Cover photo
  • Profile photo
  • A name compliant with Facebook’s guidelines
  • Content (posts) on the account
  • ‘Follow’ button enabled for profiles

When getting a Profile verified, you’ll also need to submit a valid government issued photo ID (like passport or driving license) that shows your name and date of birth.

When getting a Page verified that doesn’t represent a person, you’ll need to submit one of the following documents with an official seal/watermark of our company/organisation:

  • Company’s utility or phone bill
  • Certificate of formation
  • Articles of incorporation
  • Tax and tax exemption documents

Additional rules for Law Enforcement, Government, Officials and Politicians

If you’re requesting to get law enforcement, city government, politician or elected official page/profile verified, there are additional rules to follow.

Politician

  • The page name cannot include ‘for Parliament’ or ‘for [country name]’.
  • The page category should be set to ‘Politician’.
  • The page can have titles such as MP, senator, Mayor, etc.

Elected Official

  • The government title must be included in the Page name.
  • Page category should be set to ‘Government Official’.
  • Page’s About section must say that it’s a government page.

Law Enforcement

All the managers of the page must have two-factor authentication enabled for their profiles.

City Government

The page name must include the word ‘Government’.

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How to verify your Facebook page or account?

To verify your Facebook account, fill out the ‘Request a blue verification badge’ form that you’ll find here.

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Screenshot of the verification form

If you’re trying to verify a page, log in to your profile so that you can select the page you wish to get verified from among those you’re administrating. To verify a profile, submit the URL of the account.

At the end of the verification form, you’ll see a box titled ‘Additional Information’. It’s recommended that you include some details and URLs that depict public interest and answer the question — why should your page or profile be verified?

Once the verification request is reviewed, you’ll receive a notification. Do not submit more than one request for your account. If your request has been denied, you’ll only be able to submit a new request after 30 days.

It’s important to note that you shouldn’t engage with businesses and individuals who offer to get you a blue verification badge in lieu of money. Facebook doesn’t sell verification badges and holds the right to remove a blue badge at their discretion.

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