Address verification overview

What is address verification?

To protect the security of accounts, Google might require you to verify your address before we can send you payment. To do so, we mail a personal identification number (PIN) to your payment address. You'll then need to enter this PIN within your account. If your account has not been verified within four months, your ad serving may be affected.

When will my PIN arrive?

We'll print and send your PIN by standard mail several days after your account balance reaches the verification threshold for the first time. PINs typically arrive within 2-4 weeks, but may take longer depending on your location.

What does the PIN mailer look like?

We mail your PIN on a white postcard measuring 4.5 x 6 inch (11.4 x 15.2 cm). See an example

When do I need to enter my PIN?

You'll have 6 months from the date your first PIN is generated to enter it in your account. If you haven't entered it after 4 months, your pages will start displaying unpaid public service ads instead of paid ads. After 6 months, your account will be disabled and your unpaid revenue will be refunded to the appropriate advertisers.

What if my PIN doesn't arrive?

If you don't receive your first PIN, you can request 2 replacement PINs. Learn how to request a new PIN.

If you've requested your maximum of 3 PINs and haven't received any of them within 90 days, then sign in to your account. You'll see a notice on your Home page with further instructions.

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