Instagram releases long-awaited verified account badge to users

Avatar By Le Williams | 2 years ago

On Tuesday, Instagram enabled an option that allows users to apply for a badge, rather than waiting on the site to consider them deserving of an official mark or verified.

Despite the verification progress the social media titan has made since 2010, the site has not listed any criteria it will consider while reviewing a user’s application.

“A verified badge is a check that appears next to an Instagram account’s name in search and on the profile. It means Instagram has confirmed that an account is the authentic presence of the public figure, celebrity or global brand it represents,” Instagram explained in a post online.

Notably, there are three easy steps users can take to apply.

First, each user must login and access their profile, clicking the three-lined bar at the top right corner.

Second, users must go to ‘Settings’ and ‘Request Verification’.
Once the bar is selected, users will see an option to click on Settings located at the bottom of your screen. After clicking Settings, the user must scroll down to ‘Request Verification’.

Lastly, each user must enter their full name and submit a form of ID in order to receive the verification badge.

The user’s Instagram username should automatically be filled in unless they are logged into a different account. Users who wish to be verified simply need to enter their full name and then attach a photo of a government-issued ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.

Once a photo is attached, the submit button remains as the finalization to requesting a review.

“Submitting a request for verification does not guarantee that your account will be verified,” however, Instagram notes on the page.

Users will be notified by Instagram if their application was accepted or denied.