The process of getting verified on Twitter has evolved over the years, prompting us to provide an updated guide on the current verification procedure. This is especially important because misinformation abounds. This article is up-to-date and includes changes made by Elon Musk in 2023.
Twitter verification via Direct Request
Previously, you could request verification from Twitter by completing a form found in the account menu. This form allowed you to include links as evidence of your authenticity and notoriety. However, since Elon Musk assumed control of Twitter, the verification process has undergone changes. The option to request verification via the menu has disappeared.
Currently, there are three methods to obtain verification on Twitter, each corresponding to one of three types of checkmarks: blue, gray, and gold. In this article, we will explain the meaning of these checkmarks, how to obtain them, and which types of accounts are eligible.
Twitter now offers a straightforward path to verification through its service called “Twitter Blue“. After activation, the blue checkmark typically appears on your account within a few days following a manual review.
Purchasing Twitter Blue not only provides the verification badge next to your username but also offers several features and benefits. Twitter Blue users can edit tweets, experience fewer ads, post tweets with up to 4000 characters, upload NFT profile pictures, and share videos up to 60 minutes in length. Additionally, your tweets will receive a boost in reach and ranking on search and replies.
As nearly any account subscribing to Twitter Blue can obtain the blue checkmark, it is no longer a conventional verification symbol. It now signifies a status symbol. When users click on the blue checkmark, a message appears stating, “This account is verified.”
Twitter Blue can be purchased on the website for $8 USD per month or $84 USD per year, and on the app for $11 USD per month or $149.99 USD per year.
Gray checkmarks are exclusively designated for governmental and multilateral organizations, as well as their representatives. This type of checkmark serves to confirm the authenticity of accounts and their representation of the entities they claim to represent.
Clicking on a gray checkmark reveals the message: “This account is verified because it is a government or multilateral organization account.” This form of verification applies to:
- National-level government organizations: executive office accounts, agency accounts overseeing specific policy areas, primary embassy and consulate accounts, and parliamentary or equivalent institutional and committee accounts.
- State and local government organizations: primary executive office accounts and key agency accounts responsible for crisis response, public safety, law enforcement, and regulatory matters.
- Government individuals: heads of state (presidents, monarchs, prime ministers), deputy heads of state (vice presidents, deputy prime ministers), national-level cabinet members or their equivalents, the chief official spokesperson for the executive branch or equivalent, and individual members of all chambers of supranational or national congresses, parliaments, or their equivalents.
- Multilateral organisations: main headquarters-level, regional-level, and country-level institutional accounts.
- Multilateral individuals: the head and deputy head or their equivalents within the multilateral organization.
- Current US state governors and senior military leaders (US only).
The gray checkmark can be requested by completing this form: Gray Checkmark Request. Importantly, verification for governmental and multilateral organizations and officials is provided at no cost.
Twitter has introduced a new service known as “Twitter Verified Organizations“, which enables companies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to attain verification. Accounts verified through this method feature golden checkmarks and square avatars instead of round ones.
Clicking on a gold checkmark reveals the message: “This account is verified because it’s an official organization on Twitter.”
One key advantage of this type of verification is that every organization participating in the program can link multiple individuals, businesses, and brands to its account. Affiliate accounts will display a small badge featuring the profile photo of the Verified Organization they are associated with, alongside their own blue or gold checkmark. This allows organizations to connect their directors, employees, businesses, trademarks, and more. Each of these affiliated accounts will have its own checkmark and will be linked to the main account.
Clicking on the affiliate account badge generates the message: “This account is verified because it’s an affiliate of @username on Twitter,” with the username referring to the Verified Organization.
The gold checkmark can be requested by completing this form: Gold Checkmark Request. It comes at a cost of $1,000 USD per month, with an additional $50 USD per month for each affiliate account.