Want to know how to verify your Business Manager account on Facebook? Or how long does business verification take on Facebook? We have all the answers for you! This article will explain the Facebook Business verification process and how to verify Facebook Business Manager account to get WhatsApp Business API.
What is Facebook Business Verification
Following the introduction of Meta, you would have noticed that Facebook Business Manager has been rebranded to Meta Business Manager. However, to avoid any confusion, we will use the most common phrase, Facebook Business Manager.
Facebook Business verification is the process of verifying a Facebook Business Manager account to confirm that it belongs to a legitimate organization. Your business must be registered with local authorities and have an official phone number and postal address.
You’re probably on this blog because Facebook has determined that your business is required to verify your Facebook Business Manager account to increase the messaging limits of your WhatsApp Business API account.
If you have previously verified your Facebook Business Manager for other reasons, like running Facebook Ads, you don't have to go through the verification process again.
Keep in mind that Facebook Business verification differs from Facebook Business Page verification. Hence, you will not get a blue badge if you verify your Facebook Business Manager account. Refer to the image above to understand the difference.
In the next section, we will briefly talk about the new WhatsApp Business API process and why you need to verify your Facebook Business Manager account for WhatsApp Business API.
Facebook Business Verification for WhatsApp Business API
As of 2 May 2022, businesses signing up for WhatsApp Business API no longer have to go through Facebook Business verification, display name review and commerce policy checks.
Instead, they will be added to the Limited Access Tier where a compliance check against the WhatsApp Platform Policy will be auto-triggered and conducted in the background, allowing businesses to message customers immediately after signing up.
In the Limited Access Tier, businesses can:
- Send up to 50 business-initiated messages in a rolling 24-hour period per phone number
- Respond to unlimited customer-initiated conversations in a 24-hour messaging window
- Register up to 2 numbers
If you want to increase the number of business-initiated conversations and upgrade to Tier 1 or request to be an Official Business Account (OBA), you’ll have to verify your Facebook Business Manager account.
Let's take a look at what you first need to prepare for the Facebook Business verification process.
Facebook Business Manager Verification Requirements
Before starting the verification process, you need to fill in the Business Info section of your Facebook Business Manager. In this section, you have to provide organizational details such as legal name, address, phone number, email address and website.
Make sure the information provided aligns with the details registered with local authorities. As long as Facebook can verify your organization from the info given, there is no need to provide supporting documents for verification.
If Facebook cannot identify your business, you need to provide evidence of the following legal details with the right documents:
- Business legal name: Business license, Certificate of Incorporation or tax or VAT registration certificate
- Organization's address and phone number: Utility bill, bank statement or business license with your address and phone number on it
After submitting the documents, you need to go through two-factor authentication to prove that you have access to your company’s phone or email. You may also need to provide your personal details to verify your business in some cases.
Do not provide false information, verify businesses you are not authorized to represent or circumvent the verification review system. These actions will result in Facebook rejecting your verification request and even taking further action against your account.
How to Verify Facebook Business Manager: WhatsApp Business API
Now that you have your business information filled and supporting documents ready, let's verify your Facebook Business Manager account.
1. Go to Facebook Business Settings and navigate to Security Centre. You can see the business verification option once you’ve signed up for WhatsApp Business API. Click on the Start Verification button. If you’re unable to see the business verification option, contact us.
2. Add your organization’s details. If you’ve filled in your company details in the Business Info section, this section will be auto-filled. Double-check the information to ensure that they are accurate.
3. Add supporting documents to prove your business' legal details and submit.
4. Select your preferred contact method for a confirmation code to verify your Facebook Business Manager account. If you’ve verified your domain, you can submit your application right away, without having to receive a confirmation code.
5. Confirm your phone number and click Text Me Now to get a confirmation code. This step depends on the contact method you’ve selected in the previous step.
6. Input the confirmation code and click Next. If you did not receive a verification code, click on Resend Code. You can also change your preferred contact method if your chosen method isn't working.
How Long Does Facebook Business Verification Take
Once you’ve completed the verification process, you will receive your verification status via email and Facebook within 2-3 business days. You can also check the status in the Business Info section or the Security Centre of your Facebook Business Manager.
If Facebook did not grant your business the verified status, you could appeal its decision by submitting additional documents to confirm your business details. In this case, Facebook will ask for your Government ID and two other supporting documents at their discretion.
Make sure that you show all the information on your ID and all four corners of the ID. Keep the ID flat and use a dark background for the photo. Note that Facebook will not accept images that have been digitally modified.
If you still face issues with your verification process, it may be because your submission is incomplete, documents are not viewable, business details on legal documents don't match the details you provided or more.
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