May 20th, 2021

Earlier today, Twitter has announced that it is re-opening the ability for users to apply for the verification “blue checkmark”. In years past, you had to reach out to the Twitter Verified team through messages or DMs, but that process has been revamped this time around.

In an effort to stop Twitter from being flooded by the blue checkmarks, the company has outlined a series of criteria that need to be met before considerations will be made. There are six different categories that your account must fall into in order to be considered:

  • Government
  • Companies, brands, and organizations
  • News organizations and journalists
  • Entertainment
  • Sports and gaming
  • Activists, organizers, and other influential individuals

To make everything even easier, Twitter is bringing the ability to apply for verification right to the Twitter app. In the coming weeks, the company will be pushing an update, which allows you to navigate to the Account Settings tab within the mobile app. Hopefully, this will cut down on the number of random requests, but you wouldn’t be able to tell if you were to look at the replies on the announcement tweet.

While going through the process, you’ll be asked to select from one of the aforementioned categories, and then will need to supply identity verification. Here is what you’ll need to provide:

  • Government issued ID – A photo of your government issued ID.
  • Official email address – An official email with a domain relevant to the category you chose.
  • Official website – An official website that directly references your Twitter account.

After the request has been sent, Twitter will send out an emailed response within a few days, although the company does state that it could take up a few weeks depending on how many applications have been sent. In the event that your application is denied, you will then have to wait 30 days after the initial decision has been rendered before being able to re-apply.

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