Verifying Your Google My Business Listing
Depending on what kind of business listing you’re attempting to create (or manage) you may have a few options available to verify your business:
– Log in to Google My Business and go to your listing.
– Click “Verify Now” and you will be presented with your verification options.
– Select the option you prefer. You cannot choose which methods Google makes available.
This is by far the most common method. You’ll be sent a postcard within 14 days (usually less) with a verification code. Do not make any changes to your listing during this time.
– Once you have your code, log back in to Google My Business and enter the five digit verification code for your listing. DO NOT DELAY there is a time limit on verifying your business.
– You can request another postcard and code for your GMB listing if needed.
For more information go here.
Ensure that you can answer the phone number in your GMB listing, log in to Google My Business and go to your listing.
– Choose phone from the list of verification options (if available).
– Google will call with a verification code.
– Enter the code into your listing.
– Choose email from the list of verification options (if available)
– Google will send you an email.
– Click the “Verify” button in the email or enter the code in your GMB listing.
Google Search Console (if you already have a business website)
– Verify your business website with Google Search Console.
– Use the same email address for Google Search Console and Google My Business.
– When you verify your Google My Business listing, Google will instantly verify it.
Install the Google Hangouts app for iOS or Android.
For storefront businesses, Google will want to see your workplace, business logo, equipment, public space, and possibly meet a couple customers.
For service area businesses, Google will want to see your work vehicle, license plate, business logo on the vehicle, and tools of your trade in the vehicle.
You then connect with a Google specialist via video call to verify your listing.
Google Trusted Verifier
You can work with special partner companies and bypasses the entire verification process. This is an invitation-only program and you cannot apply to be a Trusted Verifier. Google Trusted verifiers will use a private, Android-only, Trusted Verifier app to send verification documentation and location information about your business back to Google.
Or you can work with the Trusted Verifier to visit your location in person or send the Trusted Verifier original documents for the business: current utility bills, government tax documents, business incorporation / registration.
NOTE: Google recommends that you do not edit your business name, address, or category, or request a new code while you’re waiting for your verification postcard. Doing so can potentially become a nightmare for you to untangle (involving some phone calls with Google customer support).