Getting Verified on Twitter is Coming Back in 2021

You may remember Twitter had suspended all accounts from getting verified back in March 2018. It will be 3 years without this verification process being available for Twitter users.

Getting verified on Twitter in 2021

(But hang on, they just announced for January 2021, these will be back!)

How To Get Verified on Twitter Now?

You must have the following credentials:

  • either a verified email address or phone number
  • a profile image
  • a display name

Under the new policy, Twitter may also remove verification from accounts that are found to be in severe or repeated violation of the Twitter Rules. You will be notified by email if this is to happen to your Twitter account.

You can apply online for a Twitter verified badge. The process will include asking applicants to select a category for their verified status and confirming their identity via links and other supporting materials. Now, this process is supposed to start around January 20. (Inauguration day? hmm, an odd day with all going on over on Twitter.) 

Why is Twitter Doing This Now?

According to their Twitter blog “This new policy will lay the foundation for future improvements by defining what verification means, who is eligible for verification and why some accounts might lose verification to ensure the program is more equitable.”

How Will Twitter Verify Accounts in 2021? #TwitterTips Click To Tweet

What Else Will Twitter Change in 2021?

In 2021, Twitter plans to build a new Twitter account type to distinguish automated accounts from human-run accounts to make it easier for people to know what’s a bot and what’s not. For example, the earthquake tracker account and breaking news accounts.

Memorial Accounts will also begin.  You’ll be able to preserve a Twitter account in memory of someone who has passed. This will also come with an updated policy for memorialization and a new application flow to request the memorialization of an account.

In 2021, Twitter plans to build a new Twitter account type to distinguish automated accounts from human-run accounts. #TwitterTIps Click To Tweet

Twitter’s 2020 Getting Verified Process for Covid-19

Because of recent events of 2020,  Twitter had announced they are mobilizing the badge system to help surface and signal more authoritative and verified voices that can provide “credible updates” on the topic of the coronavirus.

Getting verified on Twitter for Covid-19 accounts

They have made a general call out for people that are experts to get all of their information up to date — including associating the word addresses with their accounts — to speed up this process.

PSA about what we’re doing to Verify Twitter accounts that are providing credible updates around #COVID19: we are working with global public health authorities to identify experts and have already Verified hundreds of accounts, but there’s more to do and we could use your help.

However, getting the blue checkmark on Twitter was never easy.

The Old Twitter Verification Process

Prior to this time users were verified typically included: Accounts maintained by users in government, politics, religion, journalism, media, sports, business, and other key interest areas.

If it was a personal account vs. a brand that person had to be in media, and/or work at a major company with a title, etc.

Getting verified on your Twitter account means you get a checkmark next to your Twitter handle. It makes you look more official. It gives you or your brand the appearance of social influence.  Getting verified is also a sign of social proof to your Twitter followers.

As Twitter claims “The blue verified badge  on Twitter lets people know that an account of public interest is authentic.”

But a few days ago Twitter has announced they are mobilizing the badge system to help surface and signal more authoritative and verified voices that can provide “credible updates” on the topic of the coronavirus. #Twittertip Click To Tweet

Getting the Blue Check Mark on Twitter Was Never Easy


One of the first people I thought of that would be verified was Kim Garst. But even she was denied at first by Twitter. She has over 400,000 followers. But since I first wrote this blog post in 2016 Kim has been verified!

That really me wonder, what gets one verified? And who does the verifying? Is it a computer or a human on Twitter? According to the new Twitter verification process, it will be a combination of both humans and AI to decide who gets verified on Twitter.

Testing It Out on Twitter

I had to try becoming verified just for the sake of testing it out. The denial came the first time I tried within 24 hours. It got me thinking: Is it about brands? Is it about what you have written? Is it your job title? And who decides which account is of public interest? I don’t believe it’s the number of followers. I found some verified Twitter users with only 2,000 followers.

What is the secret sauce to becoming verified on Twitter?  As of the third quarter of 2019, the microblogging service averaged 1.39 million monthly active users. It appears approximately 229,000 are now verified.

That number of verified accounts on Twitter is less than 1% of all Twitter users. (You can find the verified users here. You will notice lots of journalists, politicians, sports stars and entertainers.)

There were some Twitter profiles that did not explain what the users did. These profiles just had a quote – those were the Twitter verified accounts that I found the most perplexing as to why they were verified.

Recently before COVID-19, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey answers that question and more on YouTube: (Interesting – why the edit button will never happen.)

Twitter Tips For You Getting the Infamous Check Mark


Be sure to fill out all of your information in your Twitter profile settings and don’t forget the settings section with your phone number. Having your phone number associated with your Twitter account will help in case you get a suspension on Twitter.

After all, Twitter wants to know that you are real. I would also set your password reset, by using the check-mark on that one.  Another tip to being real is adding your birth date but remember you don’t have to make it public.

Lastly, If you don’t get verified the first time, you can always try again in 30 days. So don’t give up if at first, you don’t succeed. Do remember only less than 1% of Twitter users have been verified.

In case you hadn’t seen it yet, you can now schedule tweets via Twitter! 

Your Turn on the Blue Badge on Twitter

Now, I would love to know if you have been verified on Twitter yet or if you have tried to get a blue checkmark.

I’d love to know more about your experiences in the comments below!


Will you be getting verified on Twitter in 2021? I’d love to know more in the comments below!

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  • Hi Lisa

    I was not aware that Twitter had suspended the verification process back in 2018. I guess it is good to know that Google has opened up for this service again. I have never tried to get verified, as I am sure that I don’t qualify for that. I know people that have tried, but it is very difficult unless you are famous and have like 100.000 followers or more.

    • Hi Thomas – well it’s only for Covid-19 now with Twitter verifications. No others! So unless you are a news organization, medical research etc. on the Covid-19 you will NOT be able to be verified by Twitter still today.
      There were many people verified on Twitter with little followers, but they are mostly media and entertainment type folks. Thanks for coming by on this one and have a healthy and safe day, weekend ahead!

  • Hello Lisa,
    It is a fantastic update from twitter. Nowadays, we can’t figure out whether the information said in social media is real or not. In those difficult circumstances, some people will try to cash in and publish false information for the sake of gaining attention. And these acts help to flush out!

    Thanks & Regards
    Aria Mathew

    • Hi Aria, It is! I’m glad they are doing it for this pandemic crisis. Thanks for coming by and stay healthy and safe Aria.

  • It’s not an easy task for get verified on Twitter account. I’ve applied for it once and it failed. Thanks for this awesome post, I like what you said in the article that we should keep trying even after it fails.

    • Hi Victor, welcome to Inspire To Thrive. Well, this verification process now is JUST for the COVID-19 accounts, factual/real accounts that tweeting factual information on it. That’s it, no others at the moment. Twitter employees are working from home. Thank for coming by and stay healthy and safe.

  • I think this is the first time when twitter gives that opportunity. Actually twitter realizes the real situation and make this decision.

    • Hi Alex, welcome to Inspire To Thrive. yes, it is but only for the Covid-19 factual accounts. No other type of accounts are being verified at this time. Thanks for coming by and stay healthy and safe.

  • Hi Lisa, it is a fantastic opportunity for those in the medical field who are experts and can provide helpful information on coronavirus. I have not tried to get verified before. But I will give it a shot. First, straighten up my profile and then see how it goes.
    Thank you for the tips and insights.

    • Hi Moss, yes, it is only for those in the medical field or info pertaining to the virus only. You are most welcome and do take care Moss.

  • Definitely it’s not an easy job to get a verified Twitter account. Even I tried and failed. There are lots of factors involved in this, some of those are know and some of those are unknown. Internet is full of misleading posts on this topic and none of those worked. We need to build the authority first and then should try to get verified.

    • Hi Samy, welcome to Inspire to Thrive.Oh yes, it is not an easy task. I would agree, keep on building your authority first and then try, try again. Only about 5% of Twitter accounts are verified. Thanks for coming by and have a great week ahead Samy!

  • WOW this is very awesome post, I had always wondered about the process of getting verified on twitter. I guess you had shared each and every point on getting verified.

    The infographics is very helpful too.


    • Hi Ruth, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Thank you. It is not an easy process but one you can always go back and try again after some time. I loved the infographic myself. They always help to explain things in images. Thank you for visting and have a great day Ruth!

  • Hello, Lisa!

    I was failed miserably … But I am okay. 🙂

    I, too, heard of so many tricks that do this and that to get verified. But I am not sure which metric works for being verified.

    I think I am not going to try it anytime sooner. 🙂

    Thanks for the info, Lisa! 🙂

    ~ Adeel

    • Hi Adeel, oh no, do try again. It seems like there are so many different metrics involved in this one. I believe it was less than 3% of users that got verified so you are in the majority 🙂 Thanks for letting us know here and have a great week ahead!

  • This is great stuff Lisa. I’m never going to try to verify my account because one, I don’t feel even an iota of influential, and two, my real first name isn’t Mitch, and I don’t feel like dealing with that drama. I’ll wait until I win the $400 million lottery… then I’ll feel a little bit more influential. 😆

    • Hi Mitch, LOL – it might be easier winning that $400 million. And you are really not a Mitch?? I can’t believe it…..Thanks for coming by and have a great new week Mitch.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Excellent post! Getting verified is like a dream that every twitter user see. I always thought only celebrity or a successful person could get verified.

    But, after reading your post, I will also apply for verification.

    I have seen people who are active on Twitter having lots of followers but still they have no verified account.

    Thanks to you, you have brought every point that a person need to know in order to get blue tick for their twitter account.

    Umesh Singh

    • Thank you Umesh. Yes, it is interesting to see the number of followers do NOT guarantee a verified checkmark near your name. I think that is probably a good thing too. It does seem like a secret sauce though. “Public interest” seems to be a major key as well. Thanks for coming by. I’d love to know how you make out with getting verified. Have a great day Umesh!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Wow…I love that infographic! It makes it so easy to understand what exactly one has to do to be verified on Twitter. I guess if you leave one thing out, you are doomed Hugh?

    I haven’t applied yet and its a good thing because this is an amazing reference when applying. I haven’t been so active on Twitter until a few months ago. Now all I want to do is tweet!

    Thanks so much for your expert advice.


    • Hi Donna, I did too. Thank you. Yes, be sure to follow all the steps in case you can make the grade 🙂 I think public interest is the hardest part to figure out in their secret receipe of approving accounts to be verified Donna. You are welcome. I appreciate your taking the time to come by and comment on this one. I’d love to know how you make out when you do try to get verified on Twitter Donna.

  • Getting verified gives a boost to twitter account. I have seen verified sign on many accounts and was wondering hwo can I do it. I was looking for a way how to get verified my twitter account. This infographic is also very helpful to understand how this process work.

    Thanks for sharing!

    • Hi Sona, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. I hope it helps you to become verified and I’d love to know how you make out with it. Good luck and thanks for coming by and leaving me a comment. Have a great weekend.

  • Hey Lisa,

    In Twitter’s announcement about verified accounts, they listed a few particular elements that might be a factor in which accounts they choose to verify and which they don’t. The biggest factor in getting verified on Twitter is that the profile is of public interest. Eventually, thanks for reveling a light on this topic.

    With best wishes,

    Amar kumar

    • Hi Amar, yes- and I wonder what exactly is “public interest”? I’ve seen many game developers and entertainment types get verified, are they truly “public interest”? You are welcome and I appreciate your coming by and commenting on this one Amar. Have a great rest of the week.

  • Excellent Review!!
    Always I use to prefer medias to build a good relationship[ with the readers, audiences, and followers. But in some cases, I use to afraid of using twitter since it has various unique features.
    Still, your post gave me some hope on doing the verification purposes I am going to get verified on Twitter
    Really it is a very useful guide for all new starters and experts.
    Sathish 😉 😉

    • Hi Sathish, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. Thank you. What type of medias to you prefer Sathish? I love Twitter and had to research how folks were getting verified or not. I’d love to hear how you make out with getting verified. Thanks for coming by and have yourself a great day.

  • Hi Lisa,

    I too was stunned at Sam! Guy is the Twitter Master, inside-out. He does all the things Twitter loves in users, and tweets on topic, and is a social media guy through and through, building his rep in 1 area. Stupified. I applied a while back but no checky checky for me LOL. But for me at least, I see verification as icing on the cake. If I get it, super. It not, still all good. Thanks for sharing 🙂


    • Hi Ryan, I know – me too! He’s amazing with social media and I could not believe he didn’t get verified. That was inspiration for me to write about this – everything else written was about how easy it was to get verified – NOT. I agree too it’s just icing on the cake, it’s not the cake…..Thanks for coming by Ryan and for your input and experience with the Twitter verification process. Have a great day!

  • Hi Lisa,

    First, I love the infographic! Well done!!!

    I haven’t considered the option of verifying my Twitter account @donpurdum. Although, if it can get approved it’s a cool idea to try. It certainly wouldn’t hurt. But, I’m not sure it makes that much of a difference to my audience or that it will help my social influence on Twitter?

    Sam is a great guy! He has been tweeting one of my articles religiously for almost six months, several times a week.

    I appreciate your insights and I love your interaction with me on Twitter as well Lisa!

    Have a great week!

    ~ Don

    • HI Don, thank you. I had been researching a while on this and when I saw that infographic it inspired me to finally write the post 🙂 I don’t think it hurts and I’m not sure how much it really helps in the long run. I love Sam – he is awesome with social media. I can see why he’s ranked #1! I was shocked he did not get verified. That inspired me to write about this too. Thanks again Don and have a great rest of the week, see you back on Twitter.

  • Hi Lisa,

    Thanks for your informative post. It confirms what happened to me recently. It’s not easy to get Twitter verified.

    Twitter turned me down in 48 hours (1st attempt):

    “We reviewed the account, and unfortunately it is not eligible to be verified at this time. Please visit our Help Center for more information about the types of accounts we verify.”

    Hmmm… not eligible? Is that a vague answer or a canned message 😉

    I’ve read their help center stuff before applying and after. I can’t find anything helpful.

    When time permits, I’ll try again. We never know.

    Off to share your post.


    • Hi Steve, welcome to Inspire to Thrive. You are welcome. Oh yes, I got that same response as well. It sounds like a canned message. I think the “public interest” is too vague and maybe that’s where we get tossed out? I’ll be trying again and I may use my blog account vs my personal Twitter handle. That would be a good test, I have 3x as many followers on my @Lisapatb vs. @InspireToThrive handle. Thanks for sharing your experience here with us Steve and have a great day!

  • Hi Lisa,

    I haven’t tried to get verified yet – but I’m hoping to in the future. I say future because if there are tweeps who are awesome on Twitter and haven’t gotten verified – I know I don’t stand a chance yet. 🙂

    Thanks for sharing this with us. I’m going to hang on to it and use it as a guide for when I decide to go for it. There’s a lot of great feedback here.

    Great post as always. Hope all is well Lisa! 🙂


    • Hi Cori, I know how you feel. I tried it out to see how the process worked and will try again in 30 days. Debating whether to try it with my blog brand vs. my personal account next time. Thanks for coming by and taking the time to comment too Cori. I hope things are going well for you and have a great day.

  • Thanks for the continued love, Lisa! 🙂 And a great post that many don’t like to write about – I’m glad you have!

    If the whole verification process was built around authenticity based on public votes, for example, I’d imagine THAT would be a far better method.

    The criteria is ‘of public interest’ … so it doesn’t really make sense to me that one person / (or initially I’d imagine, a robot) from Twitter takes a quick look and decides on the spot.

    It’s also a great shame they don’t provide more info on rejection – a little hint would be helpful to so many people but I find (like a lot of the large corporations) customer service is increasingly unreachable. Genuine responses that aren’t vague would result in a lot more love for brands. I find the same issues with PayPal and Facebook…

    Relationships are everything and a blue tick isn’t going to change what we’ve worked hard to build. What it does affect is the attraction of new relations – although I feel because there’s much debate around the subject of verification, it’s almost lost its value a little too.

    Stay cool Lisa!

    • Hi Sam, oh you are welcome my friend. I’ve been looking at who got verified and who didn’t. After reading many posts on how “easy” it is to get verified I know it really wasn’t. I didn’t know many people that were verified especially on the first try. Public interest is a tough one – why do game developers seem to get a checkmark more readily? It seems more like entertainment type accounts too. I do agree with you Sam, they can’t take away the relationships with or without a blue check – hopefully most users will see through it and realize its more about the public figure types. Thanks for coming by Sam and have a great rest of the week.

  • Hey Lisa,

    Even I have seen many Twitter users just with 2000 followers and they have a blue tick. I don’t understand the criteria of twitter to get verified.

    People work so hard and remain on Twitter to tweet more and more. But a few are there who are verified. I have read the security tips of Twitter and there is nothing hard about it.

    Anyone can manage his/her account accordingly.

    The infographics can be really helpful to those who need to understand this concept clearly.

    Thank for sharing with us.
    Have a great day.

    • Hi Ravi, yes, that was my main point -after all the research I’m not sure what makes them give some the checkmark and others not. Have you tried it yet yourself? If you get denied you can try again in 30 days. I may. I’d love to hear from Kim on what the difference for her. Thanks for coming by Ravi and have yourself a great day!

  • Good morning, Lisa! Happy Monday!

    Fabulous post! I’ll admit, after getting my Facebook page verified, which btw was pretty easy with a business license, I attempted Twitter. I jumped through their hoops in hopes of getting that little blue thingy by my name. I thought it would be good for my business. However, I was denied. No explanation given, just DENIED! I almost felt like I was trying to get into some secret society or something. After I thought about it, I decided to not try again. I’m verified on Facebook and that is my #1 traffic generator. If people click the link in my Twitter bio, they will see I’m legit. So phooey on them! I don’t need their little checky thingy and for the record, I didn’t like having to share my birthdate with them. Pfft…. 🙂

    For those who do it, power to them. Makes no difference to me at this point. Doesn’t mean I’m any less legit than I am in my book.

    Thanks for a great article! Have a great day!


    • Good morning Brenda. Thank you. At least you can try again in 30 days and like Adrian says, I’m not convinced it’s a must. It is nice but what does it really do? Maybe we will hear from someone is verified on that one. Verified on Facebook? I’m not sure if I ever did that one or not. For your page or personal account Bren?
      But remember with Twitter you don’t have to share your birth date with everyone publicly, you can set it to private.
      Thanks for coming by with your input on this on Brenda, I really appreciate it and Happy Monday! Another week already!

      • Yes, on Facebook. I verified my Business Page, Brenda Pace’s Virtual Assisting. Being a lot of my business comes from there, I thought it would legitimize myself a bit better. 🙂

  • Hi Lisa,

    I haven’t tried to verify my Twitter account. And I don’t plan to do it. Why should I give my phone number to a site that is hacked from time to time? Just to get a badge? Good joke. Or maybe not.

    Do you need to see my badge in order to be sure that I’m not a robot or a criminal? 😆

    If I become a public personality – that won’t happen 😛 – then I’ll consider getting a badge on Twitter. Otherwise, no one needs to see my badge. Well, maybe the guys and gals who use TrueTwit need my badge, but… sorry, I don’t care.

    If my content is helpful, it doesn’t matter whether I got a badge or not, or whether this is my real name or not. If my content sucks or if I suck, will that badge change anything? Will that badge make me and my content acceptable? I don’t think so.

    I am who I am and my (real) name or my badge (or the lack of it) are irrelevant. What I do is relevant. Remember my About Me page!

    Enjoy your week!

    Adrian aka The Tweeting Ronin. Or the Crazy Robot 🙂

    • Hi Adrian, I had a feeling your answer would be like this – I think I’m starting to know you now 🙂
      Yes, after all the research I did I wondered “who decides, how do they really decide and if too many get it does it make it no longer valuable? and valuable to who?” It’s almost like wearing clothing with high priced logo’s – are they really necessary? It will surely be interesting to see how this evolves with the verification badges on Twitter.
      I heard lots of talk too about a new baby on Instagram getting verified out of the womb, really?
      Thanks for coming by Adrian and for your input on this topic, have a great day!

  • Hi Lisa,

    Happy Monday 🙂

    Informative post indeed! Yes, it’s surely isn’t easy getting verified, no matter which social networking platform you’re on! As you mentioned, sometimes those with a very large following and several shares also don’t get verified, while those with just a handful followers may get verified quicker than expected!

    I’ve yet to try my hand at Twitter, and even Facebook for that matter – just glad my G+ profile was verified a few months back! The infographic surely says a lot – thanks for sharing it. Have a nice week ahead 🙂

    • Thank you Harleena, you too. It is really interesting how some do get verified and other’s don’t. I really could not find true answer on how to. I found lots of tips and some tricks but no clear cut answer. I think they like it that way 🙂 I didn’t know you can get verified on Google+ now. I haven’t been using that platform much at all. I’ve been sticking to Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Pinterest. We can only be on so many places at once. Thanks for coming by and commenting on this one Harleena. Have a great week ahead.

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