In this easy-to-follow complete guide, I will show how to verify your Google Business Profile (formerly known as Google My Business) and resolve verification issues.
Remember, before your profile goes live (check this article on how to create your business profile on Google) and you are able to manage your profile, respond to reviews, create posts, etc you need to verify your listing.
I will go through the whole verification process, issues, and how to solve these issues.
If after reading this in-depth guide, you need further help please do not hesitate to contact me through my Local SEO & Google Business Profile Consultancy Service.
Choose where you want to start:
- Starting the Verification Process
- You request a postcard, what will happen next
- Where you put the verification pin code
- Google Business Profile Verification Issues
Starting Google Business Profile Verification Process
- What are Google Business Profile verifications options?
- Why don’t you have all the options available to you?
- Is there any way you can get the verification code through email or phone, if not available to me?
- How do I verify my business on Google without a postcard?
- How can I verify my Google Business Profile instantly?
- How long does it take to get verified on Google?
- How do I verify my business on Google without an address?
- My business is not open yet. When should I request the postcard?
- Are Google’s verification postcards free?
What are all Google Business Profile verifications options?
This is the main verification option and in most cases, the only option. If you choose to receive a postcard with a verification pin code in the post, you may need to wait between 5–20 days to arrive depending on your location.
When you have the postcard in your hand and are ready to verify, check here the instructions on how to.
Check this section for important information about the postcard.
Phone Call verification
If the phone call is one of the options and you choose it, you will receive an automatic voice call with the verification pin code.
Ensure that you can answer the phone number in your profile. n pin code through your phone. Press “Call” or “Call me now” (app) > answer the call > write down the number > input verification code instructions.
As the name indicates with this option you will receive a text message with a code. Once you receive it, follow the verification instructions.
Some businesses are given the choice to verify by email. With this option, Google will send you an email containing the verification pin code which you then enter by clicking on the “Verify” button in the email or follow these instructions.
If you use the same email address for Google Search Console and Google Business Profile and your website is on the profile, you may be offered this option. If you have this option, your business profile will automatically be verified! Check here about the Instant verification process.
Video Chat verification
With this verification option, the verification will be completed via a video call with Google Business Profile support. It will involve showing the Google agent your premises in and out of your vehicle and answer to some questions that will demonstrate you own or run the business. Check here for more on Video Chat verification.
1. A listing with many verification methods: Phone, SMS, Email, Postcard
2. A listing with 2 verification methods: Postcard and Video Chat
Why don’t you have all the verification options available to you?
The verification options are not available by choice, it will depend on trust factors. What are those trust factors? Only Google knows, but the age of the business and trustworthy information about the business around the web are very important.
That’s why the postcard is the main and most of the time only option available to you, especially if you created a brand new listing. Google thinks if you receive the postcard that must mean you have access to that address.
Therefore only some older listings have the phone or/and other verification methods available, as Google trusts and has verified your listing contact information.
Google does this to make things difficult for spammers, to make sure your business really exists. Even though many spammers find a way to circumvent it…
Even though the verification process is not as seamless as we wanted, we can appreciate that making life difficult for spammers is best for local businesses.
Is there any way you can get the verification code through email or phone, if not available to me?
Nope, you can only use the method(s) available to your listing. If the only verification option is through the postcard, you should choose it and check this section of this guide for information on the Postcard Verification process.
How do I verify my business on Google without a postcard?
You can only use the method(s) available to your listing, if you already request a postcard you can see what happens next or if you requested more than one postcard follow this procedure to get your listing verified.
How can I verify my Google Business Profile instantly?
Google needs to trust your Google account to allow instant verification and Google is not allowing many spammy business categories to do it. How does it work, I have a guide on my Google Business Profile training.
How long does it take to get verified on Google?
Phone Call, SMS, Email, and Instant verification only take less than 5 minutes to get verified.
For video verification, you will need to book a time with the Google employee, so it will take at least 48 hours.
Postcards will take between 5-14 working days if everything goes according to plan.
How do I verify my business on Google without an address?
If you work from home and serve your clients at their location, you are considered a service area business (SAB). SABs must hide their address but you will need to use your address to receive the postcard. But don’t worry as the address will be used for verification purposes only.
My business is not open yet. When should I request the postcard?
Up to 90 days before the open date. When you create your business listing, be sure to choose the “Verify later” option when you are prompted to verify.
Are Google Business Profile verification postcards free?
Yes, they are free and you can request as many as you want. However, after the second card, you should use this process to verify your listing.
You requested a postcard, what will happen next
- How long does a Google Business Profile Postcard with the verification code take?
- Google Business Profile Postcard Important notes
- Can you track Google Business Postcard?
How long does a Google Business Profile Postcard with the verification code take?
Normally Google advises 5-14 working days, but it can take up to 20 working days. After 14 days, you can request another postcard and it’s free or you can follow this procedure to verify manually your listing.
Google Business Profile Verification Code Postcard Important notes:
- verification codes expire after 30 days
- code gets invalid if there is a change in the name/ category/ address after requesting the verification code
- If you have requested multiple verification codes, use the code from your most recent request; the codes from your older requests won’t work.
- Do not enter an incorrect code more than 5 times. If you do, you’ll receive a message indicating that your verification failed, and you will no longer be able to verify the business.
Can you track Google Business Profile Verification Postcard?
No, you cannot. It’s a normal postcard (similar to a bank pin code postcard) sent by normal post, hence the time to arrive.
Where do you enter the verification pin code
How to enter your Google Business Profile Verification Code
- You received the verification by post, email, SMS, or phone call
- On your computer, sign in to Google Business Profile Manager
- Verification Code Entering Options
- On the Home Dashboard you will have a “Pending verification” notice box and/or banner at the top, press “Enter verification code” or
- Click “Verify location” on the menu on the left.
- Go to google.com/verifymybusiness
- On the next screen, you will find a field with “Enter code” in grey text, enter your verification code here.
- In the last step, press the “Verify” button.
Yes! You verified your listing and now you can manage your profile in full, respond to reviews and Q&A, create posts, add attributes, add hours, etc. And your listing is showing in Google Search and Google Maps.
Google Business Profile Verification Issues
Can’t verify my business on Google, help? No worries, I will help you.
What is your issue:
- Alternative Google Business Profile Verification Method
- You didn’t receive the postcard
- The verification address is wrong
- The phone or/and email address for verification is wrong
- Verification code error/invalid
- Verification Failed Message
- Want to request another card
Alternative Google Business Profile Verification Method
You didn’t receive the postcard with the verification code yet and perhaps you already requested more than one card or there are issues with the email/phone details to receive the code. Is there any other method to verify your Google Business Profile?
Yes, there is!
If your verification method is a postcard, only after 14 days of your last postcard request you can use the method below. If you try before the 14 days, Google support will ask you to wait.
How to manually verify your Google Business Profile:
- Contact Support through this Form: https://support.google.com/business/gethelp
- Mention the issue as “verification”
- Fill out the form, you will need to supply all the info requested.
You didn’t receive the postcard with the verification code
The postcard may take up to 20 days and after 30 days the code is invalidated. If you are waiting for more than 14 working days you can ask for another card or you can manually verify your listing.
The verification address is wrong, how do you get a verification code postcard?
When you are going through the Google Business Profile setup and you get to the verification screen, you should choose to verify later by pressing “More options” » “Verify Later” » Click on the button “Later”
Then, you change your address by going to Info (Main Menu) » Edit Address Field.
In the next step, you wait 48 hours and request another postcard.
If the address for the verification does not change, you will have to follow the steps here to verify your business on Google.
The phone or/and email address for verification is wrong?
You are trying to get your business location verified but the only option is by phone or/and email, and that information is incorrect. Now what? Under the verification option(s) you need to press “Unable to verify?” and follow the steps.
Why is the verification code invalid/wrong?
You tried to input the verification code you received but an error message appears: “Invalid Code” or “Wrong Code”.
Why does this happen? These are the main reasons:
- Verification codes expire after 30 days, if you requested the code more than 30 days ago.
- Verification code gets invalid if you made changes in the business name or category or address after requesting the verification code.
- You have requested more than one verification code but the codes from your older requests will not work. You need to use the code from your most recent request.
What can you do?
You can ask for another verification code or use the manual verification form.
Important: Do not enter an incorrect code more than 5 times. If you do, you will receive a message indicating that your verification failed, check the next question about what this means.
Received a message indicating that your verification failed?
You received a message indicating that your verification failed. This means you will no longer be able to verify the business.
You will then need to delete the page from your Google Business Profile account and start the process again by creating and verifying a new page for your business.
How can you request another Google Business Profile verification code postcard?
- On your computer, sign in to Google Business Profile Manager
- Click on “Verify location” on the menu on the left
- Click on “Post again”/”Mail again”
Other Google Business Profile Verification Topics
Video Chat Verification Process
After you have booked an appointment with Google Business Profile Support for Video Chat Verification, you should install the Google Hangouts/Meet app for iOS or Android.
At the date and time of your meeting, you will connect with a Google specialist via video call to verify your listing.
More about this process in the GBPedia Guide.
Why should you verify your business with Google?
You want to make sure your GBP profile information is correct all the time so customers are not disappointed, make sure your profile ends up in a scammer’s hands and use all the great engagement features to increase leads and revenue.
Can I verify my Google Business Profile without Mailbox?
Yes, you can.
You need to use the business address and request the verification postcard anyway, make sure the map pin is in the correct location.
After 14 days (only after if you try before Google will ask you to wait), you follow these steps.
I hope this article helped you.
If you need further help, I am here for you. It does not matter if it’s your business or you are a professional that wants help with a client case:
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