How to Get Verified on Instagram

It's not easy, but sometimes patience pays off

The Ultimate Guide to Instagram
The Ultimate Guide to Instagram

Getting verified on Instagram adds a perceived level of credibility to your account that no number of followers can provide. You don't have to hire a publicist to get Instagram verified. If you want the coveted blue checkmark next to your name, you can submit a verification request form, which will be reviewed by Instagram to determine the authenticity and notability of your account.

Instructions in this article apply to the Instagram app for Android and iOS.

How to Request Instagram Verification

Instagram requires all users submitting a verification request form to include a government-issued photo ID to confirm the name and date of birth of the account holder. This can be a driver's license, passport, national ID card, tax filing document, or even a utility bill. Once you have taken a clear picture of the document with your phone, you're ready to submit the form.

To request a verification badge from Instagram:

  1. Launch the Instagram app and tap your profile picture in the bottom-right corner.

  2. Tap the hamburger menu in the top-right corner.

  3. Tap Settings.

    How to access Instagram settings
  4. Tap Account.

  5. Tap Request Verification.

  6. Enter the requested information and upload your ID, then tap Send.

    How to request Instagram verification

Expect a bit of a wait after submitting the request. Once Instagram has reviewed the request, you will be notified if it was confirmed or denied. If an account is turned down, a new request can be submitted after 30 days.

What Does It Take to Get Verified on Instagram?

The Instagram Help Center has a breakdown of requirements for Instagram verification as well as community guidelines that must be followed. 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.

Get Instagram Verified With a Publicist

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 publicists claiming to possess the ability to get you verified, but only a small amount actually have a legitimate shot. Before you reach out to anyone, search the web for reviews or other customer-driven details about their past services. 

How Do Brands, Celebrities, and Other Well-Known Figures Get Verified?

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.