Verify your local business on Google

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When you verify your business, you can check that your business information is accurate and that only you can access it. Most local businesses verify by mail. However some businesses, like service area businesses, have other options like verification by email, phone, or Search Console.

Before you start the verification process, create or claim a Google My Business profile

After you enter your verification code, your business information will be eligible to appear in Search, Maps, and other Google properties.

Verify a business by mail

Important: Do not edit your business name, address, category, or request a new code while you wait for your verification postcard. This may delay the verification process.

Before you request verification by mail, make sure your address complies with our address entry guidelines.

Get your postcard

Important: Due to COVID-19, you may experience delays in getting your postcard.

On your computer

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. Choose the business you'd like to verify. 
  3. Click Verify now.
  4. On the postcard request screen, make sure your address is displayed accurately. To help deliver your postcard, you can also add an optional contact name.
  5. Click Send postcard.
  6. Check the mail for your postcard. Most postcards arrive within 14 days. 

On your mobile device

  1. Open the Google My Business app .
  2. Tap Send postcard.
  3. Choose the business you’d like to verify.
  4. Tap I don’t have a code.
  5. Check the mail for your postcard. Most postcards arrive within 14 days.

Enter your verification code


On your computer

  1. After you get your postcard, sign in to Google My Business.
  2. If you have multiple locations, open the location you'd like to manage.
  3. Click either Verify location from the menu or Verify now.
  4. In the “Code” field, enter the 5-digit verification code from your postcard.
  5. Click Submit.

On your mobile device

  1. After you get your postcard, open the Google My Business app .
  2. Choose the business you'd like to verify.
  3. To verify, tap Enter code
    • If you didn’t get your postcard, tap I don't have a code.
Verify a business by phone

If your business is eligible to be verified by phone, you'll find the “Verify by phone” option when you request verification. If you don't find it, verify your business by mail instead.

On your computer 

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. Choose the business you’d like to verify. 
  3. Click Verify now and then Verify by phone.
  4. To get your verification code, make sure you can directly answer your business phone number.
  5. Enter the code from the automated message.

On your mobile device

  1. Open the  Google My Business app .
  2. Tap Call me now.
  3. Enter the code from the automated message.
  4. Tap Send Send Arrow.
Verify a business by email

Not all businesses can verify their profile by email. If you don't find this option, try another verification method.

Before you try to verify your business by email, make sure you can access the email address shown in the verification screen.

On your computer

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2.  Choose the business you'd like to verify. 
  3. Click Verify now.
  4. From the list of verification options, click Email.
  5. In the verification email, click the Verify button. 
    • You can also enter the code from the email in your Google My Business dashboard.

On your mobile device

  1. Open the Google My Business app  or go to Google My Business.
  2. Choose the business you'd like to verify. 
  3. Tap Send email.
  4. Check your email for the code.
  5. Tap Enter code
  6. Enter the code from the email.
  7. Tap Submit.
Instantly verify a business

If you've already verified your business’s website with Google Search Console, you may verify your business instantly.

For instant verification, make sure you’re signed in to Google My Business with the same email account you used to verify your site with Search Console. Some business categories may not be eligible for instant verification.

Bulk verification 

If you manage 10 or more locations of the same business, your business may be eligible for bulk verification. Learn how to verify 10 or more locations in bulk.

After you verify your business, we may ask you to review your information and make any final changes. When you’re sure your information is up-to-date, click Done editing.

Tip: Until you've completed the verification process, you can't update your business name.

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