The way of verifying a Twitter account has changed over the years, so we considered a good idea to write an up-to-date article about which are the current procedures to request or acquire verification, especially because there are much of fake information around. This is updated information that includes changes made by Elon Musk in 2023.
How to verify a Twitter account through direct request
It used to be possible to complete a form to request verification from Twitter. The option was available in the account menu, and we were given the chance to include in our verification request some links to provide evidence of authenticity and notoriety. Since Elon Musk took over Twitter, the requirements to get verified have changed, so that is no longer possible.
The only current way to get the coveted blue tick is by buying Twitter Blue. It is expected that accounts that have been verified by other methods, whether it is by direct request or notoriety, will lose their blue ticks at some point in the future.
Twitter is the only platform that allows you to obtain verification simply by paying a fee. The service is called Twitter Blue and it costs $8 USD through the website, or $11 USD if it is purchased through the App Store. Once activated, the blue tick usually appears in the account in a couple of days, after it has been manually reviewed.
Keep in mind that there are some requirements: the account has to be at least 90 days old, not violate any of the Twitter Rules, and it should have a verified phone number. Also, once the account has been verified, you should not change its name, username or profile photo. If you do, you will lose the blue tick and the account will have to be revised again.
At the moment Twitter Blue is only available in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK.
Gold and gray verifications
Apart from the blue tick, you might have noticed that there are also gold and gray verifications for some accounts. Gold ticks represent businesses, while the gray ones represent government agencies. So depending on the type of account you manage, you might get one of those verifications. Apart from the gold tick, businesses also have square avatars, instead of the normal circular ones.
Twitter continues to make changes to the different verification badges and to the verification process, so keep in mind that these are not fixed in stone. Many recent changes that Elon Musk made in the platform are experimental.
How NOT to verify a Twitter account
It is worth noting that there is a way to NOT obtain the verification, and that is by requesting it by tweet to @verified, the official Twitter verifications account. By checking @verified mentions, we can easily note the large quantity of people who continuously tries to obtain the verification by this means with no success. Even if a verified Twitter account mentions us and requests our verification, that fact does not help at all and does not imply a revision by the Twitter verification department.