Frequently Asked Questions

Record breaking and applications

How do I apply to set or break a record?

  1. Register for an account
  2. You will receive an email with an activation link. Click on the link, and you will be brought to a dashboard page.
  3. Click on the green ‘Apply for a record’ button.
  4. Search for the record that you want to break.
  5. When you find the record, click the ‘Apply Now’ button. If you cannot find the record you can apply for a new one by clicking ‘Apply for a new record title’ at the bottom of the page.
  6. Complete the application form.

Once you have submitted your Standard Application, our dedicated Records Management Team at Guinness World Records HQ will review the application. If you have applied for an existing title, or for a new title that we find acceptable, we will make the Record Guidelines available to you via your online account, as well as the Guide to Your Evidence. This outlines the evidence you need to submit in order for Guinness World Records to assess the outcome of your record title attempt. This document will also include printable templates of documents to submit to us.

Visit our Guide to Evidence page to get an idea of the evidence you need to provide as part of your record attempt.

All evidence must be submitted online. You can upload your evidence by logging into your account. Please do not send evidence to Guinness World Records by post as all file types are accepted online.

After this, our expert Records Management Team will assess your evidence. If your attempt is verified as successful, you will be eligible for one complimentary Official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Record-Holder Certificate to confirm your record-holder status!

Unfortunately we are unable to respond to letters, so please make an application online or check our contact page.

Please do not send us evidence before submitting an application and receiving your guidelines, as we will not be able to process it.

How do record titles get approved?

Guinness World Records has an expertly trained Records Management Team who undertake substantial research and verification checks to confirm whether a new record title has been achieved.

When you submit an application for a new record title, Records Category Specialists carefully assess it to confirm whether or not your proposal can be accepted. When you submit your evidence for a new or existing title, the Records Management Team will run comprehensive checks on this evidence to confirm whether it is sufficient enough to demonstrate that you have achieved the record title in question.

If you are submitting an application, it is important that you provide us with as much information as possible, including:

  • What you want to achieve
  • How, where and why you want to achieve it
  • Any links that may help our team to understand your proposal.

During the application process you will be able to search our entire database of records and find out if we already have a record matching your idea and what the target to beat is.

If your proposal for a new title is accepted, or if you are applying for an existing title, you will receive your guidelines to attempt the record; it is important that you read these and the evidence check list pack carefully, and document all requested evidence. This is so our team can assess all evidence provided and verify whether your attempt has been successful.

It is also important that you ask any questions well in advance of any record attempt. This is to ensure we have time to respond, as it can take up to 2 weeks for us to get back to you. If your application has been accepted, you will be able to send all correspondence via your online account directly to your records manager.

Visit our Guide to Evidence page to get an idea of the evidence you need to provide as part of your record attempt.

What record titles can I attempt?

For new record ideas please note that Guinness World Records only recognises WORLD records. We do not verify national / country specific achievements.

All Guinness World Records record titles must fulfill key criteria including:

  1. Measurable - Is it the fastest / longest / heaviest / most?
  2. Breakable - Can the record be broken or repeated by someone else? All our record titles must be open to being challenged.
  3. Standardisable - Can the record title be done universally? For example, it cannot be related to something restricted to a region.
  4. Verifiable - Can the claim be proven? For example, a claim such as ‘the man who never drank water’, can never be verified unless the man spent his whole life from birth under surveillance by a witness.
  5. One Variable – We can verify the largest painting but would not consider the largest painting by the most people.
  6. Universal - The proposal must be something, or about something that is known to the world’s majority. It cannot be too specific / regional.
  7. Substantially different from a current record - If your record suggestion is similar to something we already have, we will ask you to break the current record rather than approving a variation of the same title.

Are there any rules about record titles I can break?

We assess each and every application that we receive - but many cannot be recognised as a world record. (See: What makes a World Record)

  • We do not accept applications based on subjective measures for example - beauty, kindness, loyalty.
  • Other activities that are not records include those which are not sufficiently challenging, those which are too specific to a single person or anything that is unbreakable.
  • We do not endorse unsuitable activities or those which could cause potential harm or danger to spectators / animals.
  • We do not permit people under the age of 16 to attempt or hold records which are considered unsuitable for minors. In these instances Guinness World Records works in association with the official regulatory body for the particular skill / sport.

Does Guinness World Records pay record holders / make contributions?

As the world's unrivalled authority on record-breaking achievement, our role is to celebrate the world’s best, to inspire ordinary people and to entertain and inform.

For these reasons, we do not pay record-breakers for their achievements or for carrying out a record title attempt. We are also unable to cover any expenses, offer sponsorship or provide equipment for anyone attempting a record.

In addition, we are unable to make contributions to individuals, charities or businesses. This is to maintain our unbiased stance as the world's global record breaking authority and to ensure that we are truly inclusive of all applicants.

Which record is broken most often?

Some of the most frequently broken records include the Longest DJ marathon, the Heaviest item lifted with glue and the Most apples bobbed in one minute! Another record that is broken regularly is the Oldest person in the world, but the oldest person ever remains Jeanne Louise Calment who lived to be an incredible 122 years and 164 days old.

Who holds the most Guinness World Records record titles?

The individual who holds the most Guinness World Records titles is Mr. Ashrita Furman. He is attempting and breaking records all the time, but at last count he had more than 191 current Guinness World Records titles! Those include the records for long-distance pogo-stick jumping, most glasses balanced on the chin, most hop-scotch games in 24 hours and fastest time to pogo-stick up the CN Tower. Ashrita has inspired many people, and there is a growing number of prolific record holders nowadays.

Why is my achievement not in the book?

There are more than 40,000 current records in our database, however due to space constraints, we can only publish around 4,000 records in the book each year which always makes it a tough decision for our editorial team and editor-in-chief!

If your record hasn't been selected for publication, there's always chance that it may be included in future editions, or it may appear on our official website.

Why is my achievement not on the website?

There are more than 40,000 current records in our database and we try our best to feature as many as possible online. We currently include over 15,000 records online which we update every week, so make sure to check the site regularly!

I want to know the guidelines for a record.

If you wish to break an existing record or set a new record, and want to view the guidelines, you will need to submit an online application first.

Each application for a new record title is reviewed individually by an expert and we are unable to tell you if your record can be accepted by email or phone.

If you need some ideas on what to choose, take a look at What Makes a Record or explore our records for inspiration.

Also visit our guide to evidence page to get an idea of the evidence you need to provide as part of your record attempt.

Please note, we cannot respond to postal enquiries.

I want to make a Priority Application. How does it work and how do I make the payment?

You can choose the Priority Application service during the online application process when you first submit your application. If you decide you want to speed things up a bit later, you can switch to Priority Application at any time. If you choose the Priority Application option, your application will be reviewed within 5 working days.  Normal application processing can take up to 12 weeks*.

To do this, please login to your Guinness World Records account, select the relevant application and click on Upgrade to Priority Application.

Once you have sent us your evidence, you can also purchase our Priority Evidence Review service to prioritise the review of the evidence and the approval of your record.

The Priority Evidence Review service is only available AFTER we have received your full evidence, and will ensure that your evidence is reviewed within 5 working days (waiting times are up to 12 weeks* for standard applications).

We currently accept 2 methods of payment for Priority Application and Priority Evidence Review: PayPal and Worldpay.

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please make a standard application, and then complete this form which will be processed by our finance team.

Please note: our Priority Application service is not an individual consultative service and only speeds up the standard application process. Using the Priority Application process does not guarantee that your application will be successful, and we do not issue refunds if your application is unsuccessful.

*Please note - Our usual wait times are sometimes extended when we have larger than normal volumes of applications. 

Please refer to our Current application waiting times page for the most up-to-date information.

Can children apply for records?

Yes, depending on the type of record you wish to attempt. However, if you are under the age of 13, you will need either a parent or guardian to create an account and submit the application on your behalf.

If you need some tips on what is a record then please have a look at  What Makes a World Record.

Don’t forget, you can always explore our records to get some great ideas too!

I have recieved a chain letter/email that says i'll get into a Guinness World Records publication if I send the message on and do not break the chain. Is it genuine?

Guinness World Records does not accept any records relating to chain letters, sent by post or e-mail.

If you receive a letter or an e-mail which promises to publish the names of all those who send it on, it is not genuine.

Even if it states that Guinness World Records or the postal service are involved, we are not and no such attempt would be recognised as a world record.

Why is there an application limit?

Guinness World Records receives over 50,000 record applications a year - almost 1,000 applications every week. To allow us to provide the best possible service to everyone, we have placed a limit of 3 applications per person during a 24 hour period.

If you have reached your limit, you will get a message on your dashboard that will tell you how long you have to wait until you can make another application.

Priority Application / Priority Evidence Review

I want to make a Priority Application. How does it work and how do I make the payment?

You can choose the Priority Application service during the online application process when you first submit your application. If you decide you want to speed things up a bit later, you can switch to Priority Application at any time. If you choose the Priority Application option, your application will be reviewed within 5 working days.  Normal application processing can take up to 12 weeks*.

To do this, please login to your Guinness World Records account, select the relevant application and click on Upgrade to Priority Application.

Once you have sent us your evidence, you can also purchase our Priority Evidence Review service to prioritise the review of the evidence and the approval of your record.

The Priority Evidence Review service is only available AFTER we have received your full evidence, and will ensure that your evidence is reviewed within 5 working days (waiting times are up to 12 weeks* for standard applications).

We currently accept 2 methods of payment for Priority Application and Priority Evidence Review: PayPal and Worldpay.

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please make a standard application, and then complete this form which will be processed by our finance team.

Please note: our Priority Application service is not an individual consultative service and only speeds up the standard application process. Using the Priority Application process does not guarantee that your application will be successful, and we do not issue refunds if your application is unsuccessful.

*Please note - Our usual wait times are sometimes extended when we have larger than normal volumes of applications. 

Please refer to our Current application waiting times page for the most up-to-date information.

How to pay via Bank Transfer?

  • Payments should be made via Paypal or Worldpay and these options are presented once you reach the payment screen when processing an application.
  • If, however, you are unable to pay via these methods, you can generate an invoice and then arrange payment via bank transfer.
  • First, login to your Guinness World Record account and then make a record application.
  • Once you have selected your product, you will reach the payment screen.
  • Once here, select the link “For alternative payment methods please request an invoice” at the bottom of the payment options
  • You then need to enter your details (name and address) that will appear on the invoice
  • Then select “Generate Invoice”
  • The next page will have a link to your invoice. Select “View your invoice”
  • Your invoice will load up in a new window. From here it can be downloaded as a pdf or printed
  • You should then arrange payment via bank transfer to the bank details listed on your invoice
  • When arranging payment, you must include your application reference number as the reference on the payment
  • Once payment has been received, your application will be passed on for processing. It is important that you include your application reference number on your bank transfer to prevent any delays in your application being processed
  • Your application will not start being processed until the funds are received into our account and then matched to your application by our payment team
  • N.B. receipts are not generated if you pay via bank transfer

How do I get an Invoice/Receipt?

How do I get a Receipt?

  • Once you have created an application and paid, you will be able to generate a receipt.
  • First, login to your Guinness World Record account.
  • Select the relevant application from the Applications section of your dashboard
  • Scroll down to the section called "Receipt"
  • Select the link "View your receipt"
  • Your receipt will then load in a new window
  • From here it can be printed or downloaded as a pdf file

How do I get an Invoice?

  • Payments should be made via Paypal or Worldpay and these options are presented once you reach the payment screen when processing an application.
  • If, however, you are unable to pay via these methods, you can generate an invoice and then arrange payment via bank transfer.
  • First, login to your Guinness World Record account and then make a record application.
  • Once you have selected your product, you will reach the payment screen.
  • Once here, select the link “For alternative payment methods please request an invoice" at the bottom of the payment options
  • You then need to enter your details (name and address) that will appear on the invoice
  • Then select "Generate Invoice"
  • The next page will have a link to your invoice. Select "View your invoice"
  • Your invoice will load up in a new window. From here it can be downloaded as a pdf or printed

Payment of an Invoice

  • You should make payment via bank transfer to the bank details listed on your invoice
  • When arranging payment, you must include your application reference number as the reference on the payment
  • Once payment has been received, your application will be passed on for processing. It is important that you include your application reference number on your bank transfer to prevent any delays in your application being processed
  • Your application will not start being processed until the funds are received into our account and then matched to your application by our payment team. Your application Status will show as "Awaiting Payment" until payment is received.
  • N.B. receipts are not generated when you pay via bank transfer
  • Invoices can be accessed again in future from your application page under the section “Invoice” by selecting the link "View your invoice"

What if I can’t pay via Paypal or Worldpay?

If you are unable to pay via these methods, you can generate an invoice and then arrange payment via bank transfer.

  • First, login to your Guinness World Record account and then make a record application.
  • Once you have selected your product, you will reach the payment screen.
  • Once here, select the link "For alternative payment methods please request an invoice"
  • Enter your details (name and address) that will appear on the invoice
  • Select "Generate Invoice"
  • The next page will have a link to your invoice. Select "View your invoice"
  • Your invoice will load up in a new window. From here it can be downloaded as a pdf or printed
  • You should then arrange payment via bank transfer to the bank details listed on your invoice
  • When arranging payment, you must include your application reference number as the reference on the payment
  • Once payment has been received, your application will be passed on for processing. It is important that you include your application reference number on your bank transfer to prevent any delays in your application being processed
  • Your application will not start being processed until the funds are received into our account and then matched to your application by our payment team

N.B. receipts are not generated if you pay via bank transfer

Updates on applications and how to contact us

How long will it take for me to get a response to my record-breaking application?

Guinness World Records receive over 50,000 record applications a year - that's almost 1,000 applications every week!

Due to the consistently high volume of applications we receive, the waiting times for a response to a Standard Application can be up to 12 weeks*.

Once we receive the evidence for your record attempt, it can take up to 12 weeks* for us to review your documentation and let you know if your record attempt has been a success. 

If you need a speedier response, we advise that you use the Priority Application service. This is a paid-for service which you can select when submitting your application. You can upgrade to using this service at any time by logging back into your account.
Visit our guide to evidence page to get an idea of the evidence you need to provide as part of your record attempt.

*Please note - Our usual wait times are sometimes extended when we have larger than normal volumes of applications. 

Please refer to our Current application waiting times page for the most up-to-date information.

Can I send a letter?

Guinness World Records are unable to respond to any postal correspondence that is unrelated to an existing record application.

All postal correspondence sent to Guinness World Records will be securely disposed of upon receipt, so please do not send any postal correspondence UNLESS it is in relation to an existing record application.

If your enquiry has not been answered by our FAQs, please Contact us here.

I have not yet heard back and I would like an update on my application.

At Guinness World Records we evaluate each application individually and endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can, but due to the volume of applications we receive, it can take up to 12 weeks* to process, so please bear with us.

If you have received notice that your application has been accepted you can then use your online account, to send us a message to enquire about your application progress. To access your online account, log in and select the relevant application and scroll to the bottom of the page to the correspondence box. Your message will be delivered directly to the Records Manager dealing with your application.

This facility is only available once your application has been accepted and your guidelines have been released to you and it can take up to 2 weeks* to receive a response.

If your application and enquiry is urgent,you may wish to upgrade to the Priority Application service.

You can also check on the status of your application, update your profile details and application information, by logging into your account.

We receive almost 1,000 applications every week and sometimes experience delays. In the unlikely event you have not received a response from us within 12 weeks* of submitting your application, please contact us with your application ID, registered email address and proposed record title. Our Customer Service team will be able to look into this for you.

*Please note - Our usual wait times are sometimes extended when we have larger than normal volumes of applications. 

Please refer to our Current application waiting times page for the most up-to-date information.

How can I contact Guinness World Records?

Guinness World Records Ltd. are headquartered in London, England. We also have regional offices in China, Dubai (UAE), New York (US) and Tokyo (Japan). We have 69 officially trained Guinness World Records Judges situated across 12 countries, speaking 20 languages. These countries include all our regional offices as well as Australia, Germany, India, Italy, Paraguay and Turkey.

If you would like to propose a record idea, break an existing record or receive the full guidelines and rules for a record, you will need to first create an online account, and then submit an online application. We are unable to provide any record specific information over the phone or email.

Please do not send us any applications or record evidence via post without applying online first. We are unable to respond to postal enquiries, however if you do have an enquiry that has not been answered on our FAQ page, then please submit an online enquiry.

If you have a question about a pending application, please log into your Guinness World Records account and send us your message using the correspondence box in the application page. This facility is only available to applicants who have had their applications successfully accepted and whom have received their guidelines and it can take up to 2 weeks* to receive a response.

If you have something you'd like to share with the Guinness World Records team, we’d love for you to tweet us @GWR or visit our Facebook page.

*Please note - Our usual wait times are sometimes extended when we have larger than normal volumes of applications. 

Please refer to our Current application waiting times page for the most up-to-date information.

How can I speed up the Standard Application process?

Waiting times for a Standard Application can take up to 12 weeks.*

It can take up to 12 weeks* for us to assess your application and send you the guidelines for your record attempt.

Once we receive the evidence for your record attempt, it can take up to 12 weeks* for us to review your documentation and let you know if your record attempt has been a success.

If you need a speedier response, we advise that you use the Priority Application service which will speed the processing of your record application to just 5 working days. This is a paid-for service which costs £500 (in the UK) and $800 (in the US) for applications for existing record titles, and £650 (in the UK) and $1,000 (in the US) for applications for new record titles. You can select this service when submitting your application. If you have already submitted a Standard Application and decide that you want to upgrade to the Priority Application service, you can do so at any time. To upgrade please log into your account, click onto your record title. On the next page, click on ‘Upgrade to Priority’ and then follow the prompts.

Please note, using the Priority Application service does not guarantee that your application will be successful and we do not issue refunds if your application is unsuccessful.

Visit our guide to evidence page to get an idea of the evidence you need to provide as part of your record attempt.

*Please note - Our usual wait times are sometimes extended when we have larger than normal volumes of applications. 

Please refer to our Current application waiting times page for the most up-to-date information.

Certificates

I have received an email confirming my Record Holder status, but have not received my COMPLIMENTARY certificate from Guinness World Records. What should I do?

First of all, congratulations - you are Officially Amazing!

As a Guinness World Records record holder, you will be entitled to one complimentary record holder certificate.

All newly approved record holders will need to personally order their own Record Holder certificate direct from the Guinness World Records Store. Please log into the Store using your login and password for your Guinness World Records account and your free certificate will be added to your basket automatically. This certificate is free of charge. If you would like to order any further Record Holder certificates then please add these to your basket.

Please note: We do not currently provide ‘soft’ or electronic copies of certificates.

How will I receive my certificate?

If your order is for your complimentary certificate only then you can choose to have them delivered for free via a non-trackable service. Please select “Free Shipping” on your checkout page and allow 2-4 weeks from receipt of your order. If you wish to upgrade to a tracked service, please choose one of the chargeable shipping options. You will receive a confirmation email once your order ships. 

If your order contains other paid-for items as well as your complimentary certificate, that you have chosen from the Store, then the Store requires proof of delivery for the paid for items, so unfortunately we cannot offer free non-trackable shipping in this instance so you will need to choose a paid for courier service to receive all of your items. If you incur any problems or have any questions concerning your order or the status of your order, contact our customer service representatives who are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT Monday through Friday.

I’m NOT a Record Holder but I took part in an event. How to I purchase a Certificate of Participation?

Visit the Guinness World Records store certificate page and simply click on the ‘add to basket’ underneath the certificate of participation section to bring up the ‘Find your official (Guinness World Records?) record breaking event’ box. 

There you will be able to search for a Record Title by entering the date and country of where the record took place. Once selected, click on continue to bring up the search results of all records that took place in that location and date. Select your Record Title, click continue and then follow the instructions on the next page to purchase.

Certificate of Participation - I can’t find my Event.

If you can’t find your event, when trying to purchase a certificate in our store then it may just mean that the event has not been verified yet as an official Guinness World Records title (Please contact the event organisers to find out the status of the record attempt and whether they have submitted the evidence). If 16 weeks have passed since the record attempt date, then please contact us with the exact record title, date of attempt, location and Record Holder Name for further assistance.

What if my certificate was misprinted or the record text was misspelt?

Before checkout, you will be asked to review and approve the wording of your certificate. Please do not proceed and continue to the checkout stage unless the wording of the certificate is absolutely correct. If there are any issues with the text on your certificate, please contact us. Please ensure that you clearly state the misprint or misspelling, with your application reference/claim ID number, exact record title and Record Holder name.

Can I amend the certificate text?

Guinness World Records have a standardised certificate formula that is adhered to when creating texts for certificates. We do not 'personalise' or make amendments to certificate texts UNLESS there is a clear error with the certificate text such as a misprint or a misspelling. If you are purchasing a Certificate of Participation, then you will be able to personalise your certificate with your name, following the instructions on the Certificate of Participation page.

I’m a Record Holder, but I can’t find my record on the drop down list?

All Official Guinness World Record titles that you have successfully achieved will be located on the drop down list for additional certificate purchase. If you cannot locate your record title on this list, then we would advise you to login to your main Guinness World Records account to check the application status of your record title. If you have any questions regarding the status of your application, then please ensure that you submit an online correspondence using the online correspondence tool on your application summary page (located at the bottom of the page). You can access this tool by logging into your account and clicking on the record title on your dashboard page.

Technical issues with website or products

I have a technical issue, how can I get it resolved?

If you have a technical question regarding the Guinness World Records website, then please contact us. Please ensure that you provide us with your registered email address, name, application ID (if applicable) and if possible, screenshots of the issues you are experiencing.

I have found an error in the book, should I inform you?

We always welcome any comments regarding our publications. These can be sent to us through the Contact Us section of the website.

Your observations will be sent to our editorial department for further investigation. We always endeavour to achieve the highest possible standards of accuracy.

I am looking for a specific record but can't find it

We currently hold more than 15,000 records online on our website, so if you want to find out if a record already exists, then why not explore our website?

You can search for a record by entering keywords or the record title and clicking on Search. The search icon is situated around the top right hand corner of our home page.

SEARCH TIPS: - Use either ONE keyword OR two words separated by AND (in capital letters). - Avoid using generic words such as longest, largest, most, the, etc. For example, if you wanted to find the record details for the Most underwater rope jumps in one hour, you should type rope or rope AND underwater.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for; the record may not have been updated on our website yet, or may not exist.

If you are interested in a record that you cannot find online you will need to submit an application to find out if your idea can be accepted as a new record title.

If you need some tips on what makes a record title, then please visit our What Makes a Record page.

We are unable to answer questions about records by phone or email and are currently unable to answer questions about records that are not published on our website.

If you have any feedback or suggestions, please get in touch with us through our contact us.