Meta, the parent company of Facebook and Instagram, has expanded its paid verification service to US users. The service, which initially launched in Australia and New Zealand, offers users the chance to obtain a blue checkmark badge, "proactive impersonation protection," direct customer support, exclusive stickers, and 100 Stars per month on Facebook to show support for other creators.

The service costs $11.99 per month when signing up on the web, or $14.99 through a mobile app store, with the former option only allowing for verification on Facebook. Instagram verification is included in the latter option. Users must be 18 years old, complete a verification process that involves providing a photo ID and having two-factor authentication turned on. If a user wants to change their profile name, photo, username, or date of birth after verification, they will have to go through the process again.

To use Meta Verified, US users can access their settings on Facebook or Instagram, click on Accounts Center, and if the paid verification service is available for their account, they'll see "Meta Verified available" under their name and profile picture. They can then add a payment method, complete the verification process, and receive the blue checkmark badge. Those who are already verified on Instagram and Facebook will not have to pay for the service going forward, unless Meta removes their "legacy" verification badges.