This article applies to selling in: United States

Verify seller identity

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To create an account and sell products on Amazon, we ask for and verify seller identity.

This page provides guidance to successfully upload documents that are required for verification. It applies to people who want to register to sell on Amazon in any country or state where Amazon accepts registration. Sometimes existing sellers who are already selling on Amazon are asked for an additional proof of identity.

Required documents

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All documents must:

  • display the same information that matches info you use to register to sell on Amazon
  • be clear and not blurry
  • be in color
  • be high-quality and unobstructed
  • be scanned images, or a photo taken from your mobile device’s camera (no screenshots)
  • display the full document (and front and back, if applicable)
  • not be expired, revoked, or closed (if applicable)
  • be in one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, or Turkish. If it is not in one of these languages, provide a copy of your passport and a notarized translation of your document in one of these languages.
  • be less than 10MB in size
  • be in one of these formats: *.png, *.tiff, *.tif, *.jpg, *.jpeg, and *.pdf. Do not include special characters in the file name (examples: $, &, or #)
  • be authentic and unaltered

Identity Documents (IDs)

The identity document(s) required for each seller depends on the country or state your business is headquartered in, and where you live.

The drop-down options will tell you which options are available to you, such as: passport, driver license, or national ID. In addition to the above requirements for all documents, the ID must:

  • be a government-issued identity document that is distributed and recognized by the country where you are a citizen or resident
  • display a name that matches the full name you use(d) to register to sell on Amazon
  • be in color (black and white not accepted)
  • for multi-page files (both sides of the ID), if the screen does not ask for separate front and back image uploads, be sure to merge the images into one file to upload
  • have date of birth (if applicable) that matches the date of birth provided during registration
  • have a signature
  • if submitting a passport, be sure the passport has your signature

Additional document(s)

The additional document(s) requested vary by country and state. An additional document (your customized options display on the registration page) might be a document that proves your business is valid, such as: business license, bank statement, credit card statement, or utility bill.

Notes:
  • Some companies/corporations/charities need to submit a government-issued national ID for the primary contact, and/or the beneficial owner or trustee.
  • The name of the point of contact or company mentioned on the document should either match the point of contact name, or business name provided during registration.
  • You can hide the transaction amount, but the document must remain intact.
  • Document must not be password-protected.
  • Do not provide a photo of your credit card or debit card.

Bank statement (not bank card)

  • Must contain the business address and show customer transactions.
  • Must be dated within the last 180 days.
  • Be in color (black and white not accepted).
  • Must show transaction activity, but you can black out the transaction amount
  • If the bank account is in the name of your business, the bank account name on the document must be the name of your business. However, if you have a sole proprietorship, the bank account name on the document must be the sole proprietor’s name.
  • Bank logo, bank account number, business address, business name or point of contact (name of person to contact on behalf of the business), and bank account holder name must be clearly visible.

Business license

  • Business name and details must be visible.
  • The name of the legal representative or beneficiary owner must match the name of the identity document.
  • Address must match the business address entered during registration.
  • Must be valid for at least 45 days from the time of registration.
  • Must not be revoked or closed by the local government.

Proof of address

  • Name and address must be visible.
  • Could be (your options will display in a drop-down on the page) a water, electricity, gas, internet, telecom bill issued by the utility company, or a mobile phone bill.
  • If a utility bill for the given address is not under your name, provide a utility bill associated to the address used to register, and any other supporting documents that prove you are operating from that address, even if the bill is not under your name.
  • Must be issued within the last 180 days.

What to expect after you upload your document

If the necessary documents and information are uploaded, a message will display “Thank you for your request.” Close the tab in your browser.

After you submit documents, Amazon will review your information and may contact you for further clarification, if needed, within 3 business days.

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