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Verify your business on Google

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To update your business name and other info on Google products, you must first verify your business. When you verify your business, you can check that your business info is accurate and that you’re the only one who can edit it.

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Guidelines

  • Before you start your verification, make or claim a Google My Business profile.
  • Most local businesses verify by mail. Some businesses, like service area businesses, can verify by email, phone, or Search Console.
  • After you verify your business, we may ask you to review your info and make any final changes.
  • It may take a few weeks for your business info to show across Google.
  • After your info is live, you can check it in your Business Profile. To find your profile, search for your business name and city in Google Search or Maps. Search results can vary for many reasons. The results shown for you may differ from those for someone else. Learn how Google ranks local results.

Verify a business by mail

To avoid unnecessary delays:

  • Make sure your address complies with our address entry guidelines.
  • While you wait for your verification postcard:
    • Do not edit your business name, address, or category.
    • Do not request a new code.

The postcard includes a unique verification code specifically for your business. You must enter this code to confirm that your business is located at the listed address.

Important: Most postcards arrive within 14 days. Due to COVID-19, you may experience delays.

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google My Business app .
  2. Choose the business you want to verify.
  3. Make sure your address is displayed accurately to receive the postcard.
  4. Request the postcard.

Enter your verification code

Verification codes expire after 30 days. If you update your business address, only the code you requested for your current address is valid.

Each verification code you receive is unique to your business account and the particular location for which you requested verification. 

Keep your code secure

Important: Google won't call you to ask for a verification code.

Do not share your verification code with anyone. This includes third parties that help manage your business on Google, like an SEO or marketing firm. Your code is unique to your business account and you should be the only one who uses it. If you share management of your business’s profile with a trusted third party:

Verify your code

  1. After you get your postcard, on your Android phone or tablet, open the Google My Business app .
  2. Choose the business you want to verify.
  3. Enter the 5-digit verification code from your postcard.
  4. Submit the code.

Verify a business by phone

If your business is eligible for phone verification:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the  Google My Business app .
  2. Go to Verify and then Click on your phone number.
  3. To get your verification code, make sure you can directly answer your business phone number or receive texts. 
  4. Enter the code from the automated message or text.

If you can’t find it, verify your business by mail instead.

Verify a business by email

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

If your business is eligible for email verification:

  1. On your Android phone or tablet, open the Google My Business app
  2. Choose the business you want to verify.
  3. Go to Verify.
  4. From the list, select Email.
  5. Follow the instructions In the verification email you receive.

If you don’t find this option, use another verification method.

Other verification methods 

Verify one business instantly

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

For instant verification, sign 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.

Verify many locations together

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

Verification after info changes

To maintain high-quality business info, Google may sometimes ask previously verified businesses to verify again. A change in the info you’ve given us about your business can trigger this re-verification.

To re-verify your business, follow the instructions in Google My Business.

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