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Verify your local business listing on Google

Summary: Verify your business with Google so it can appear to customers on Google Search and Maps. Most local businesses verify by postcard. Some businesses have other verification options, like verification via email, phone, or Search Console.

You must verify your business listing to manage your business information on Google Maps, Search, and other Google properties. The verification process helps ensure that your business information is accurate and that only you, the business owner or manager, has access to it.

You need to create or claim a Google My Business listing before you can start the verification process. You may see one or several types of verification depending on the type of business listing you manage:

 


Verify a business listing by postcard

To verify your business listing by postcard, enter your business address in Google My Business. You’ll be sent a postcard with a verification code. Most postcards arrive within 5 days. Before you request to verify your listing by postcard, make sure that your business address complies with our address entry guidelines

Don't edit your business name, address, or category, or request a new code while you're waiting—this may delay the verification process.

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To request a postcard:

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. Choose the business you'd like to verify, then click Verify now
  3. On the postcard request screen, make sure that your address is displayed accurately. If it isn't, edit the address before you request your postcard. You can also add an Optional contact name to help your postcard reach you.
  4. Click Send postcard
  5. Check the mail for your postcard. Most postcards arrive within 5 days. Don't edit your business name, address, or category, or request a new code while you're waiting—this may delay the verification process.

To enter the verification code:

  1. Once you receive your postcard, sign in to Google My Business
  2. If you manage more than one location, click Manage location on the location you want to verify.
  3. Click the Enter code button in the blue banner at the top of the page. 
  4. Enter the 5-digit verification code from your postcard in the "Code" field. 
  5. Click Submit.

If your postcard is lost or missing, you can request a new one

Mobile

To request a postcard:

  1. Open the Google My Business app
  2. Tap Send postcard.
  3. Choose the business you’d like to verify, then tap I don’t have a code.
  4. Check the mail for your postcard—it should arrive in one to two weeks. Don't edit your business name, address, or category, or request a new code while you're waiting—this may delay the verification process.

To enter a verification code:

  1. Once you've received the postcard, open the Google My Business app.
  2. Choose the business you'd like to verify. 
  3. Tap Enter code to complete the verification or I don't have a code if you never received your postcard.

Once you’ve entered your verification code, your business information will be eligible to appear live on Google Maps, Search, and other Google services.

Verify a business listing by phone (available for select businesses)

Some businesses listings are eligible to receive a verification code by phone. If your business listing is eligible, you'll see the "Verify by phone" option when you request verification. If you don't see this option, request to verify your listing by postcard instead, using the steps above.

To verify your business listing by phone: 

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  1. Sign in to Google My Business
  2. Choose the business you’d like to verify, then click Verify now.
  3. Make sure that you can directly answer your business phone number to receive your verification code.
  4. Click Verify by phone to have the code sent to your phone via automated message.
  5. Enter the code from the message.

Mobile

  1. Open the Google My Business app.
  2. Tap Call me now.
  3. Enter the code from the message and tap the arrow icon Arrow icon.

Once you've entered your code, your business information will be eligible to appear live on Google Maps, Search, and other Google properties.  

Verify a business listing by email (available for select businesses)

Email verification isn't available for all businesses. If you don't see this option when you attempt to verify, try another verification method.

Before pursuing verification by email, make sure that you can access the email address shown in the verification screen.

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If you're returning to verify after creating your listing, visit Google My Business, choose the business you'd like to verify, and click Verify now.

  1. Click Email from the list of verification options.
  2. Check your email.
  3. Click the Verify button in the verification email. (You can also enter the code from the email in your Google My Business dashboard.) 

Mobile

If you're returning to verify, open the Google My Business app or visit https://business.google.com and choose the business you'd like to verify.

  1. Tap Send email.
  2. Check your email.
  3. Tap Enter code, then enter the code from the email.
  4. Tap Submit

Once you've entered your code, your business information will be eligible to appear live across on Google Maps, Search, and other Google properties. 

Instantly verify a business listing (available for select businesses)

If you’ve already verified your business’s website with Google Search Console, your business listing may be eligible for instant verification.

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

Bulk verification (available for businesses with 10+ locations)

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

Once you’ve verified your business listing, you may see a banner asking you to review your information and make any final changes. Click Done editing when you’re certain that everything is up to date.

You won’t be able to update the business’s name until the verification process is complete.

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