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Verify your identity

If you're in the United States or in the European Economic Area, you might have to verify your identity before you can make certain transactions.

Verify your identity

I live in the United States or the United Kingdom

If you're in the United States or in the United Kingdom, go to, or:

  1. Sign in to with your Google Account.
  2. In the top right corner, click Settings Settings.
  3. Find the "Verify identity" section, click Verify.
  4. Enter the requested information.
  5. Click Verify your identity. You'll be asked for more information if it's needed.
I live in a member country of the European Economic Area
If you are in a country of the European Economic Area and have been requested to verify your identity, submit your verification documents.

Why you may be asked to verify your identity

When you make certain kinds of transactions or when you reach certain transaction thresholds, Google is required by financial regulators to request, verify, and record information that identifies each person who uses Google Payments.

Information used to verify your identity includes details like your name, address, or date of birth. In some cases we may require you to submit a copy of your government-issued ID and a proof of address such as a utility bill.

How Google uses information about your identity

The information you submit is used for the sole purpose of identity verification as required by law and of fraud prevention to protect your account. Your personal information is stored securely with Google’s disciplined Privacy and Terms.

The verification process won't impact your credit score or credit rating.

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