How to verify a Google My Business Listing?

Start the verification

The first step to verify your location is by claiming your business listing via Google My Business. After you have successfully claimed your business via Google My Business (GMB), you will have to complete a GMB location verification process to prove that you are the owner of this business. The claiming and verification process differ on whether your business has fewer than 10 locations or more than 10 locations.

 

To claim your business listing, try:

  1. Open Google Maps.
  2. Search your business name.
  3. Choose the correct one.
  4. Click Claim this business > Manage now.

Note!

You need to verify your business to confirm that you are the rightful owner of the business. This will allow you to manage your Business Profile on Google. As soon as you verify your business, no one can manage to pose as a representative of your business.

 

Verify business by mail

This is the most common way to get verified. Google will send you a postcard with the verification code on your business address.

 

To request a verification postcard, try:

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. Choose the business you’d like to verify, then click Verify now.
  3. On the postcard request screen, make sure that your address is displayed accurately. If it isn’t, edit the address before you request your letter. You can also add an optional contact name to help them get your postcard for you.
  4. Click Send postcard.
  5. Check the mail for your postcard.

Note!

Most postcards arrive within 14 days. The postcard has a unique verification code that you’ll have to enter in GMB to confirm that your business is located at the listed address. During this process, please refrain from editing any of your Business Profile details; business name, address, or category. We do not suggest that you request a new code during the process of waiting for your postcard to arrive. This may delay the verification process.

 

Enter your verification code on GMB after receiving your postcard, try:

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. If you have multiple locations, open the location you’d like to manage.
  3. In the Code field, enter the 5-digit verification code indicated on your postcard.
  4. Click Submit.

Note!

Only after you enter your verification code will you be eligible to appear live on Google Search, Google Maps, and other Google services. However, if you didn’t get a postcard, you can request a new one.

Verify business by email

Only some businesses can verify their business by email. Just make sure that you can access the email address shown in the verification screen.

 

To request a verification thru email, try:

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. Choose the business you’d like to verify, and click Verify now.
  3. Click Email from the list of verification options.
  4. Check your email.
  5. Click the Verify button in the verification email.

Additional!

You can also enter the code from the email in your Google My Business dashboard.

 

Verify business by phone

Only some businesses can verify their business by phone. If your business is eligible through this process, you will see a Verify by phone option when you request for verification.

 

To request verification through phone, try:

  1. Sign in to Google My Business.
  2. Choose the business you’d like to verify, then click Verify now.
  3. Make sure you can directly answer your business phone number to get your verification code.
  4. To have the code sent to your phone via automated message, click Verify by phone.
  5. Enter the code from the message.

Note!

Make sure that the phone number you provided is active. During this process, a call will come through your phone and you will need to listen for the automated voice system. This system will give you a code, which you will have to enter in the code field on GMB.