Social Media Instagram How to Get Verified on Instagram It's not easy but sometimes patience pays off by Scott Orgera Writer Scott Orgera is a former writer who covering tech since 2007. He has 25+ years experience as a programmer and QA leader, and holds several Microsoft certifications. our editorial process Facebook Twitter Scott Orgera Updated on January 16, 2020 The Ultimate Guide to Instagram The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Introduction Instagram Basics How to Use Instagram Instagram Tips for Beginners Check Messages on Instagram Add or Change an Instagram Background Search Instagram for Tags and Users Add Music to Instagram Video Use Instagram Video Chat Try Instagram Shopping Get Verified on Instagram Clear Search History on Instagram Posting on Instagram The Best Time to Post Save a Draft of a Post Repost an Instagram Story See Previously Liked Posts Post a GIF to Instagram Add Multiple Photos to Stories Save Instagram Videos How to Quickly Repost Photos Saving Photos Deleting Photos and Videos View Saved Posts With Instagram Collections Working With Followers Mute Someone on Instagram See Who Unfollowed You on Instagram Block Someone On Instagram Unblock Someone on Instagram See Who Viewed You Great Tools to Track Comments Remove Followers on Instagram Tips to Get a Shoutout on Instagram Attract More Instagram Followers Delete 'Suggestions for You' IG Tips & Tricks Instagram Tips and Tricks to Try Add Highlights on Instagram Learn About Instagram Direct Use Instagram's Close Friends Feature How to Delete or Deactivate Your Account Reactivate Your Account Reset Your Password Get Started With Location Tagging How to Repost Shoot Videos with Instagram Video Understanding IG Privacy & Security Hide Your Story on Instagram Does IG Send Screenshot Notifications? 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Use Instagram on a PC or Mac Get Instagram for iPad What is the Galaxy S10 Instagram Mode? View Instagram on the Web Online Connect Instagram to Facebook Tools for Posting From the Desktop Tweet Share Email Being verified on Instagram adds a perceived level of credibility that no number of followers can really match, as it designates your account as authentic. A common misconception is you can become verified by growing your follower base to a certain level when, in fact, follower count has very little to do with whether or not you get that coveted blue checkmark. Instagram suggests a few methods for proving your profile's authenticity, such as linking to your profile from your Facebook page or Twitter account, as well as from an official website, if you have one. If you're not deterred and still want to reach for the badge, one of the following paths may help. Request Verification Instagram recently added a new way for accounts to try to get verification, though it's still no guarantee. Now, accounts can submit a verification request form, which will later be reviewed by Instagram to determine the authenticity and notability of an account. Apply to have your Instagram account reviewed and verified. If you're unsure what Instagram means in regards to having an authentic or notable account, their Help Center has a breakdown of what characteristics they're looking for in a verified account, as well as community guidelines that must be followed. To access the form: Go to your Instagram profile.Go to Settings.Find and select the Request Verification option. Instagram requires all accounts submitting a verification request form to include a government-issued photo ID to confirm their name and date of birth. This can be a driver's license, passport, or nation ID card; tax filing documents and utility bills can also be used. Expect a bit of a wait after submitting the request. Once Instagram has reviewed the request, accounts will be notified when their request is confirmed or denied. If an account is turned down, a new request can be submitted after 30 days. Hiring Someone Believe it or not, some publicists and other specialty companies offer services that allegedly will help your Instagram account get verified. There's no way to truly guarantee what they do will work, so you're taking a big chance with your money if you choose to hire someone to help you get verified. With that said, certain publicists have the clout and connections to lobby on your behalf to Instagram. In certain cases, these individuals or agencies are considered by Instagram to be media partners who often have direct access to make your case for you. Finding a reputable company to assist in this area is quite tricky, however, as there are many claiming to possess the ability to get you verified, but only a small amount actually have a legitimate shot. A simple Google search turns up plenty and sorting through these to find the right one is not an exact science. We recommend narrowing it down to a few companies that seem reputable, then searching the web for reviews or other customer-driven details about their past services. How Do Brands, Celebrities, and Other Well-Known Figures Get Verified? As you can see, getting verified on Instagram can be somewhat of a long shot if you aren't an established company or an individual in the public eye. If you fall into one of these categories, however, Instagram will often review your account and proactively add the blue checkmark on their own without any action whatsoever required on your part. In other instances, lobbying through a publicist or other agency (as described above) can help kickstart the process.