Age requirement for AdWords and AdWords Express

In order to use AdWords and AdWords Express, you need to be at least 18 years old. The age we use is the one you entered when creating the Google Account that's associated with your AdWords account. When creating a Google Account, you should provide your own age—not the age of your business. We'll walk you through how to fix a suspended account if you meet these age requirements.

How to fix a suspended account

There are two possible reasons why your account was suspended, each with a different way to get your account active again. Please see the scenario below that matches the type of error you see.

Do you see an alert in your account?

  1. Sign in to your AdWords or AdWords Express account. If you see an alert saying "The Google Account for [email address] has been disabled," then your entire Google Account is disabled because your reported age is under the minimum age of 13.
  2. To fix the problem, click the link beneath that message in your account and follow the instructions to confirm your real age by providing official documentation or performing a small credit card transaction. See more information about Google Account age requirements.

Don't see that alert in your account?

  1. If you're over 18 but accidentally entered an age between 13-18, contact us to set up the chance to verify your age:
    Request age verification
  2. We'll get back to you with a way to verify your real age and regain access to your account.

What happens next

We'll verify your age and update it in your Google Account settings so you don't have this problem again. It can take up to 5 business days for us to verify your information and get back to you.

Tip: Access your account through other authorized users
​If you previously invited others to access your AdWords account, you might be able to access your account from one of those other emails if their Google Account age is over 18. Also, if another user has admin access to your AdWords account, they can invite you to have access using a new email address (with an age over 18).

If you're under 18

We love that you're interested in AdWords, but you'll have to wait until you're 18 to run ads with us.

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