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Set up ID verification

You need to set up ID Verification to get a Course Certificate, a Specialization Certificate, or Financial Aid.

If you're having problems with your identity verification, try our verification troubleshooting page.

ID Verification requires:

  • Your full name
  • A photo ID that meets our requirements
  • A clear photo of your face

To set up ID Verification:

  1. Log in to your Coursera account.
  2. Click Accomplishments on the left side of the page.
  3. Click Complete your profile at the top of the page.
  4. Follow the steps on screen to set up ID Verification.

Your ID Verification applies to all courses you take. You only need to fill it out once.

Add a photo of yourself

Follow the steps on screen to add a photo of yourself when setting up your ID Verification.

Please make sure the photo you submit is well lit and clear.

Add your photo ID

Follow the steps on screen to add your photo ID when setting up ID Verification.

You can hold your photo ID up to your computer's webcam when you set up your profile. Please hold your ID close enough to the camera that it's clear and legible.

You can also upload a jpeg or png file with a clear image of your photo ID. Files must be less than 1mb.

Use your device's camera or webcam

When you set up ID Verification, you can use your device's camera to take a photo of yourself and your ID. You can also upload files from your phone or computer with a clear image of your face and a clear image of your photo ID. Files must be jpeg or png format and less than 1mb.

What happens when you verify your ID

If your ID Verification is not approved, you will get an email to the email address you use for your Coursera account letting you know about the issue.

When you submit your photo ID to Coursera, we make sure your information is secure. After we verify your ID, the photo of the ID you submitted will get deleted. You can read more about our privacy policies in our Terms of Service.

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