What is Google Adsense Address Verification and How to Validate Google Adsense address with PIN or Without PIN



In this blog post, I will discuss what Google Address Verification is and how to validate Google address with PIN and without Pin. You can also watch my YouTube Video which shows you how to validate Google Address with PIN.
Other address verification methods are discussed in the blog.

What is Google Adsense Address Verification?

When you signup for Goolge Adsense, You will have to provide your personal address. This is a part of normal Adsense Signup process. This address will be used to send a verification PIN once your payment reaches a minimum payment threshold, which currently is 10 USD or its equivalent in local currency. It is very important to mention your current updated address because Goolge will not ask you to re-verify you address. It will sent you the PIN directly to the postal address you have mentioned. So, If you address is not correct, you might not get a chance to correct your address when you PIN is sent and your PIN will not reach you. To be on the safer side always mention your latest, updated and accurate postal address.

Please note that Adsense Registration is open to approved users only. You will have to first get your website approved for Adsense. Only then you will be able to Signup.

Is Goolge Adsense address verification necessary to receive payments? Is there a way to skip it?

If you are thinking about finding ways to skip address verification, Please Stop Right Now. Its not going to work because it is absolutely necessary and mandatory to get your address verified.

In fact it is for your own good. It will ensure that the correct person receives the payment. The logic is that who has created an Adsense account and provided the address, will be the one who receives the PIN. This PIN will reach someone else only if the address has been tampered with, without the knowledge of the person who has created the account. This means that the account is compromised or hacked.

Address verification is intended to help the users and Google.

How to check and Edit your address in Google Adsense?

Once you login to Google Adsense, On the left hand side pane, navigate to Settings->Payment. Please refer to the below screenshot.

Google Adsense payment page screenshot

Google Adsense payment page screenshot

In the above screenshot, you will see MANAGE SETTINGS in red Circle. Please click on MANAGE SETTINGS and scroll to the bottom of the page. There you will see a section for Name and Address. This reflects your current registered address. To edit the address, please click the red circle as shown below in the screenshot.

Google Adsense- Check and edit address page screenshot

Google Adsense- Check and edit address page screenshot

What does Google address verification PIN look like?

Google Address verification PIN will be sent to your mailing address as mentioned in the Google Adsense Account.

Please note that PIN will NOT be sent by EMAIL or SMS. You cannot request Google to sent the PIN by Email or SMS. Such request will not be accepted. It will be sent by Post only.

Below is the screenshot of what a PIN mailer looks like. The looks of PIN mailer may change over time and might not be the same as what I received. The looks can change, but what it will contain is a PIN.

Google Adsense PIN Mailer Back Screenshot

Google Adsense PIN Mailer Back Screenshot

Google Adsense PIN Mailer Front Screenshot

Google Adsense PIN Mailer Front Screenshot

Google Adsense PIN Mailer Inside Screenshot

Google Adsense PIN Mailer Inside Screenshot

How do you know that Google Adsense Address verification is Pending?

Google does not send any notification in the form of Email informing you that Address Verification is pending. You will know that the address verification is pending only when you login to your Adsense Account.Once you login, you will see a notification in red saying that

“Your payments are currently on hold because you have not verified your address.”

There will be an Action button as shown in the below screenshot. You can also see the notification message in the area circled in green.

Goolge Adsense Address Verification Notification Screenshot

Goolge Adsense Address Verification Notification Screenshot

Once you click on the Action Button, you reach the below screen where you have to enter the PIN and Submit. You will also see the date on which your latest PIN was generated.

Goolge Adsense Address Verification - Verify Address Page Screenshot

Goolge Adsense Address Verification – Verify Address Page Screenshot

You can also find address verification notification on your account information page which you can find at Settings->Account->Account Information as shown in the below screenshot. You can see address verification notification circled in red.

Goolge Adsense Address Verification Account Information Page Screenshot

Goolge Adsense Address Verification Account Information Page Screenshot

Once you click on the verify address, it will take you to the validate address page.

Lets Enter the PIN and verify the Address

Now that you know where to enter the PIN as described in the above section, lets go ahead and enter the PIN and Submit. That is all that is required. If the PIN is correct, Google will process the address and validate it.

How do you know that your address is validated after you submit the PIN?

After you have submitted the PIN, the box where you have entered the PIN will be grayed out and you will not be able to enter the PIN again until the address is verified. Google takes around 2-5 mins to validate the PIN. This time could be even less. If you have entered the correct PIN, the warning will disappear from your Adsense Page and you will not see the verify address notification in the Account Information section as described in the above sections.

If your PIN fails validation, you will again be able to enter the PIN and validate.

There is a limit to how many times you can enter the PIN and Submit. You can do it only 3 times. If you fail to submit the correct PIN for 3 times, your Ads will be blocked and will not be displayed until the address is validated successfully.

If your address verification fails on the second attempt. STOP. Don’t enter the PIN for the third and final attempt.

At this stage it is better to request for a new PIN. But before you do that you should check your address once again as I have described in the above sections.

How to request for a new PIN?

Google assumes that it might take 2-4 weeks to get your address verification PIN. For the first two weeks you will not see an option to request for a new PIN in the address verification page. After 2 weeks, in my case, I noticed an option to request for a new PIN. So, if you have not received the PIN, don’t get anxious. You will see the option to request a new PIN after two weeks from the date date PIN was generated. The date on which the latest PIN was generated will be mentioned on the address verification page. You will also see a date on or after which you can request for a new PIN. Please refer to the below screenshot. At the bottom, highlighted in red box displays the place where you can request for a new PIN.

Before you request for a new PIN make sure that you have checked you address and updated it if required. The way to check and update your address is discussed in the beginning of the post.

Goolge Adsense Address Verification Page Request New PIN Screenshot

Goolge Adsense Address Verification Page Request New PIN Screenshot

How to validate address without PIN?

Verifying address with PIN is the easiest and the best option. If you have not received the PIN even after repeated attempts, there is a way to verify the address without PIN. it involves submitting a form with your details and uploading a government approved Identification Card with the address mentioned on it.

But here is the hard part

According to the Google documentation, option to verify address without PIN depends upon your location. So not all people will see the option to validate without PIN. The documentation does not mention the locations for which address verification without PIN is allowed or not allowed. So, It’s just an information to be kept in mind. Below is the screenshot of the excerpt of the documentation.

Google Adsense PIN verification documentation screenshot

Google Adsense PIN verification documentation screenshot

Where will you see the option to validate the address without PIN?

The option to validate without PIN is not available out right. It becomes available only if you have failed to validate your address with PIN for the maximum of three times. After you exhaust your 3 attempts to validate address with PIN, you will see an option to validate with a valid government approved Identification Card at the bottom of the address verification page. The option looks something like this with the link to the form.

Link to Google Adsense Address Verification without PIN screenshot

Link to Google Adsense Address Verification without PIN screenshot

How to fill up the form to get the address verified without PIN?

When you click on the link to open the form, this is what you see

Google Adsense address verification without PIN form screenshot

Google Adsense address verification without PIN form screenshot

You will have to fill in the following details:

  1. Name: Enter your name as mentioned in the Adsense Account
  2. Contact Email Address: Enter you email address where the verification status mail needs to be sent. This should be the email address on which Adsense Account is registered
  3. Your Adsense Publisher ID: Enter your Adsense Publisher ID. You can find this in Settings->Account->Account Information
  4. Submit an attachment: Upload scanned copy of Government ID document. This should have the same address which is mentioned in the Adsense account.

That’s it. Submit the form and wait for your address to be verified by Google. It might take 2-3 days. So, you need to have patience.

The confirmation mail looks something like this

Google Adsense address verification without PIN conformation mail screenshot

Google Adsense address verification without PIN conformation mail screenshot

So that’s it guys. If you have any questions, please ask in the the comments section. I will be happy to reply.

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  • Ritu mishra August 21, 2017, 1:56 pm

    I’m living in India
    but when I’m when filling my adsense payment method it showing Canada provinces and I’m unable to fill my indian postal code in payment method
    so is there any way to change the country in payment method
    I don’t know how it showing Canada

  • Sanjay Mohan Bhatnagar December 26, 2017, 6:47 pm

    Dear Mr. Shailesh
    Though I am in trouble for having linked my website for two Google AdSense Account, and not finding any solution for unlink it from one of accounts, I fail to understand why on both of my Google AdSense account page, the tabs ‘My ads’, ‘Allow & block ads’, ‘Performance reports’, ‘Optimization’ are lying disabled. Only tab ‘Setting’ was got enabled today and on clicking it gave me Account –> Personal settings, which when I changed (My name and mobile number), it gave this message: “We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are unable to process your request at this time. Our engineers have been notified of this problem and will work to resolve it”.
    What should I do to unlink my website from one of accounts and why is my account giving me this unability impresseion? Thanks and regards.

    • Shailesh Jha December 30, 2017, 5:46 pm

      Please let me know the answers to the questions below to understand the real issue.

      1. I don’t see the AdSense code on your website. It should be something like below. Have to applied adsense code.


  • Mlungisi Gumede November 23, 2018, 1:36 am

    Hey brother iam expiriencing a huge problem i have failed to receive verification pin more than 3 times; i requested the third pin on 06 november 2018; now the the option to fill up the form is appearing on my adsense account; but when i click on the link to to fill up the form; the Boxes to enter my details and documents are not available. So my question is what to do in order to fill this form? Or i have to wait for about 3 weeks to be able to fill this form?

    • Shailesh Jha November 23, 2018, 10:36 pm

      I think you will have to wait according to the google AdSense documentation.

      https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/1348257?hl=en

      “You haven’t waited for four weeks after your last PIN was generated.
      PINs often take up to four weeks to reach you by mail, though it may take longer depending on your location.

      If you haven’t received your PIN after four weeks, you’ll need to request a replacement. To find out when you can request a replacement PIN, check the “Account information” page in your AdSense account.”

      They have mentioned this in the video also on the page.

  • Sapam December 5, 2018, 2:34 pm

    Dear Sir,
    I was not able to verify my identity because of exceeding the number of attemps for verification. It shows the following notification in red color.
    “Your ad units are not displaying ads because you’ve failed identity verification. To verify your identity and resume ad serving, please contact us.” I have already filled up the form informing the reason why I was not able to verify, along with my publisher id and name but there’s no response so far to verify it once again. Please provide your valuable solution. I’m looking forward to receiving a positive solution. Thanking you so much in anticipation.

    Regards,
    Sapam

  • Shivkumar dubey January 21, 2019, 4:35 pm

    Hello Shailesh,
    Nice article really appreciate it.
    My question is the current address I have mentioned in google Adsense is ABC(this is my temporary address because I’m living in last 4-5 years here) suppose to get the pin verification Through courier. And once I received the pin can I change the address Abc(this is my permanent government Id proof address) ? what I have in my government Id proof? For the accurate data for verification.

    Please let me know your thoughts it’s really needed for me please.

    Many thanks in advance,
    Shivkumar

    • Shailesh Jha January 22, 2019, 9:22 pm

      Shiv,

      Once I get my PIN and my Adsense is verified, I wont bother about changing the address. These days payment is through bank transfer and not through bank cheques. I am not sure if Google sends anything other than the PIN to home address.

      I would rather focus on my blog than worry about my address once the adsense is approved.

      BTW, this is what Google says about address change: https://support.google.com/adsense/answer/2628816?hl=en

      Shailesh

      • Shivkumar dubey January 22, 2019, 9:56 pm

        Thanks for your response bro. 😊
        Now my current situation is my Adsense account address is my temporary address which is not matching with my national Id address. And before 2 days back my 10 dollar completed and google already send me the identity verification mail to verify my identity. But I’m curious about my Adsense pin!!!….. Is it OK to keep my temporary address which is present in Adsense and let the pin come first on my temporary address then I should make the changes in Adsense address to make which is present in my national Id card and verify both Adsense pin as well as identity verification?

        Please let me know your thoughts it’s really appreciate it.

        Regards,
        Shiv

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