Verification badges on channels

We’ve updated the eligibility criteria for verification badges on YouTube. This change is to help viewers distinguish the official channel of a creator, celebrity, or brand. In the next weeks, verified channels will also get a new look. Learn more.
As a result of these changes, some channels that already have the verification badge will no longer meet the criteria to be verified. These channels received an email from YouTube with additional details.

When you see a or  verification checkmark next to a YouTube channel's name, it means that the channel has been verified by YouTube. 

About verified channels 

If a channel has been verified, it's the official channel of a creator, artist, company, or public figure on YouTube. Verified channels help distinguish official channels from other channels with similar names on YouTube. 

Verified channels don't grant access to additional features on YouTube. They also don’t represent awards, milestones, or endorsement from YouTube. For information on awards, learn more about YouTube’s Creator Awards program.

Verified channel eligibility

Channel verification is proactively provided to creators, artists, companies or public figures to help distinguish their official channel. There's no process to request channel verification.

Channels are typically verified if they:

  • Have built a large audience and community on YouTube.
  • Are widely recognized outside of YouTube and have a strong presence online.
  • Or, have a channel name that could be confused with other channels on YouTube. 

If your channel is verified, it'll stay verified unless you change your channel name. If you change your channel's name, the renamed channel won’t be verified.

YouTube reserves the right to revoke verification or terminate your channel if you violate our Community Guidelines or the YouTube Terms of Service.

Distinguish your channel without verification

If your channel isn't verified, there are a number of other ways to distinguish your channel from other similar channels:

If someone is impersonating you or your channel, report it to us.
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