How to Verify a Phone on Craigslist

By Melissa King

You must verify your number to sell on Craigslist.
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If you own a business, you may have thought about advertising your products or services for free on Craigslist. Because it costs nothing to advertise on Craigslist, some users tend to abuse the service by posting dozens of spam ads in multiple cities. Craigslist combats this by requiring users to verify a phone number before publishing an ad. Once you've associated a phone number with your account, you will not need to verify it again.

Go to the Craigslist home page (see link in Resources) and click on the location where you want to place an ad. Click "Post to Classifieds" in the top-left corner of the page.

Click "Log in to your account" to sign in, or click "Apply for Account" to sign up for a new account.

Click the posting type, then choose a category for your ad. For example, if you're selling a product, choose "For sale." For services, select "Services offered."

Create your ad by entering the posting title, price and location of the item or service. Enter a description of the product or service, then enter the email address where you want people to reply. Craigslist will make your address anonymous so viewers can't see it. Click "Continue" to proceed.

Click "Browse" to add an image stored on your computer, then click "Done with images." Click "Continue" to confirm that you want to post the ad.

Enter your phone number at the prompt. You must use a landline or cellphone with a valid number. Don't use a number that's already associated with another Craigslist account. You cannot use toll-free numbers, pre-paid cellphone numbers, certain VOIP numbers or numbers from outside of the United States or Canada. Click "Continue."

Wait for Craigslist to call or send you a text message. The call or message will contain your verification code.

Enter the code in the box and click "Continue" to verify your phone number. You have up to five attempts to enter the code correctly.


If you typed your phone number incorrectly, wait for five minutes, then click "Try Again" and enter the correct number.

Craigslist allows you to try only three different phone numbers or receive three calls per account within 12 hours.