Back in 2009, Twitter created a verification process so you could apply to get a blue check mark next to your name. The symbol showed the account was either genuine, so you didn't accidentally follow someone pretending to be Elon Musk, Katy Perry or another celebrity or brand. But it also marked out notable accounts, and a few years ago anyone could apply to prove they are who they claim to be.
Unfortunately the verification gates were shut on 26 February 2018 and users have been waiting ever since for a chance to get their account verified. Now, Twitter has announced they're opening again and you'll see the option appear in the app over the next few weeks.
You may have seen that Twitter since paused verification applications - fortunately the company has resumed taking requests, so if you weren't able to apply before then give it another go now.
Here we explain how to get your Twitter account verified once the option returns to the app.
How to apply for Twitter verification
First, it's important to understand that not just anyone can get a blue tick. They are meant for authentic, notable and active accounts in the following categories:
- Companies, brands and organisations
- News organisations and journalists
- Sports and gaming
- Activists, organisers, and other influential individuals
If you think you qualify for 'high public interest' - and you can read the new policy for more information about the criteria - you can check under Settings and privacy to see if you have the option to apply. Twitter says the Verified option is "rolling out over the next few weeks".
When you have access to the option to request verification, tap Start request.
On the next screen you'll choose the category that best describes you.
After that, you'll have to confirm your identity. This could be:
- A government issued ID (such as a passport)
- A confirmed email address relevant to the category you chose
- A official website which references your Twitter account.
You can then submit the request. Twitter says it will let you know when to expect a decision - usually within a few days, but it could be several weeks depending upon the length of the queue.
If your application is approved, then the blue tick will appear on your profile straight away.
Will Twitter expand the verification categories?
Yes. It says that it understands there are other accounts that should be eligible for the badge, and it's planning to introduce more categories later in 2021.
You can follow the @verified Twitter account to get the latest updates on the process.