Frequently Asked Questions

Record breaking and applications

How do I apply to set or break a record?

All record applications must be submitted online. We offer a range of different services depending on your requirements including services for businesses and charities.

The Standard Application process is free-of-charge and is open to anyone wishing to attempt a record title to earn their place in Guinness World Records history.

Our team will first review your Standard Application and if it can be accepted, we will make the Record Guidelines available to you via your online account, as well as the Guide to Your Evidence which 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.

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 and if your attempt is verified as successful, we will send you 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 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.

Is it free to make a Standard Application?

As the unrivalled authority on record-breaking achievement, Guinness World Records aims to celebrate the world’s best and to inspire ordinary people to entertain and to inform. As such, we believe that record-breaking should be accessible to all and that’s why we offer a completely free-of-charge Standard Application service for anyone who wishes to attempt a record title. We will process your application for an existing record or evaluate a new record suggestion,  assess whether or not it can be accepted, provide you with Record Guidelines or with an explanation as to why your suggestion cannot be accepted, review your evidence and if your attempt is successful, we will send you one official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS™ Record-Holder certificate to confirm your record-holder status.

How do record titles get approved?

Guinness World Records have 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, the Records Management Team carefully assess this to confirm whether or not your proposal can be accepted, and when you submit your evidence, the 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, and any links that may help our team to understand your proposal or offer an alternative. We advise that you explore our online record database first, which currently holds over 15,000 records, to understand how to format a record title, especially if you are suggesting something new. Please note that only a very small number of new records are created every week, so we strongly suggest that you choose an existing record to break before suggesting a new title.

If your application is successful and you receive your guidelines to attempt a record, it is important that you read your guidelines and 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 question well in advance prior to any record attempt to ensure a response, as it can take up to 2 weeks for us to respond. If your application has been accepted you will be able to send all correspondence via your online account directly to your records manager.

What record titles can I attempt?

Have a look at our online database of records, you will find more than 16,000 ideas to choose from. You can also visit our Challengers website for more ideas of record you can break online.

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. Standardizable - 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. Absolute records not categories - For example, Fastest 100 metre sprint but not the fastest 100 metre sprint by a Fireman
  7. Universal - The proposal must be something, or about something that is known to the world’s majority. It cannot be too specific / regional.
  8. 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 125 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. However 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!

What happens to all the food from record titles with large amounts of food?

For any record titles associated with large amounts of food, our Record Guidelines stipulate that it must either be consumed or distributed for consumption after it has been measured. As with all record titles, the Record Guidelines must be adhered to in order to be considered a successful Guinness World Records title.

I want to know the guidelines for a record.

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

Each application 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.

Please note, we cannot respond to postal enquiries here are the options to contact us.

I want to make a Fast Track application, how does it work and how do I make the payment?

You can choose the Fast Track service during the online application process when you first submit your application, OR if you decide you want to speed things up a bit later, you can switch to Fast Track at any time. To do this, please login to your Guinness World Records account, select the relevant application and click on Upgrade to Fast Track.

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

The Fast Review service is only available AFTER we have received your full evidence, and will ensure that your evidence is reviewed within 3 working days (waiting times are up to 12 weeks for standard applications).

We currently accept 2 methods of payment for Fast Track and Fast Review: PayPal and Worldpay.

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please make a standard application, and then email our Fast Track team with your application ID, registered email address and name, along with your preferred payment option.

Please note: Fast Track/Review service  is not an individual consultative service and only speeds up the standard Free application process. Using the Fast Track Application process does not guarantee that your application will be successful and we do not issue refunds for the priority processing fee if your application is unsuccessful.

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.

Fast Track / Fast Review

I want to make a Fast Track application, how does it work and how do I make the payment?

You can choose the Fast Track service during the online application process when you first submit your application, OR if you decide you want to speed things up a bit later, you can switch to Fast Track at any time. To do this, please login to your Guinness World Records account, select the relevant application and click on Upgrade to Fast Track.

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

The Fast Review service is only available AFTER we have received your full evidence, and will ensure that your evidence is reviewed within 3 working days (waiting times are up to 12 weeks for standard applications).

We currently accept 2 methods of payment for Fast Track and Fast Review: PayPal and Worldpay.

If you prefer to pay by bank transfer, please make a standard application, and then email our Fast Track team with your application ID, registered email address and name, along with your preferred payment option.

Please note: Fast Track/Review service  is not an individual consultative service and only speeds up the standard Free application process. Using the Fast Track Application process does not guarantee that your application will be successful and we do not issue refunds for the priority processing fee if your application is unsuccessful.

How do I make a bank transfer to upgrade my application?

If you would like to upgrade your application to Fast Track or Fast Review but your unable to pay via PayPal or Worldpay, then we are able to offer the option of making payment via bank transfer.

To get started, please follow these steps:
  1. Please ensure that you make a standard free application first, as we can only accept banks transfers for existing free applications.
  2. Once you have completed the standard free application, please email fasttrack@guinnessworldrecords.com with the following details:
    • Name
    • Postal Address
    • Registered Account Email address
    • VAT Number (If applicable)
    • Currency
    • Amount (Please check the Fast Track/Review for Costs below)
    • Product type (Fast Track/ Fast Review)
    • Application Reference ID
    • Invoice required? (Invoice includes VAT and company postal address as well as payment paid – A receipt just confirms the amount that has been paid).
  3. Once we have received these details, we will be in contact with you within 3 working days. You will receive a direct email to the registered account email address, from our Accounts department with our details for you to make the bank transfer.
  4. You can then make the required payment via your bank with our provided bank details, (Please ensure that you use your application reference as the bank transfer reference).
  5. Please note: Once the payment has been made, it can take around 3 working days for Guinness World Records to receive this payment (this may take longer for international payments)
  6. You will receive a confirmation email advising if you payment has been received and accepted to your registered email address.
  7. If your payment has been received and accepted, then your application has been successfully upgraded! You should receive a response about your application within 3 working days starting after confirmation of payment being received.

Fast Track/Review Costs

Fast Track Costs: 450 GBP | 700 USD | 570 EUROs | 935 AUD

Fast Review Costs: 300 GBP | 550 USD | 375 EUROs | 470 AUD

If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact the Fast Track Team via fasttrack@guinnessworldrecords.com.

How do I get an Invoice/Receipt for my payment?

If you require an Invoice for your Fast Track or Review payment, then all you need to do is provide us with the following information:

  1. Please ensure that you provide us with these required details emailing this information to fasttrack@guinnessworldrecords.com:
    • Name
    • Postal Address
    • Registered Account Email address
    • VAT Number (If applicable)
    • Currency
    • Amount
    • Method of Payment (Worldpay, PayPal, banks transfer)
    • Application Reference ID

    Please note: An Invoice includes VAT and company postal address as well as payment paid. A Receipt just confirms the amount that has been paid.

  2. Once we receive this information, we will aim to provide you with invoice/receipt within 3 working days, so we thank you for your patience while we deal with your request.
  3. You will receive a direct email to the registered account email address, from our Accounts department with your Invoice attached.

If you have any further questions then please do not hesitate to contact the Fast Track Team via fasttrack@guinnessworldrecords.com.

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 free Standard Application are as follows:

After you have submitted your application it can take up to 12 weeks for us to review your proposal  and send you the guidelines for your record attempt. If your application cannot be accepted, we may send you details for  an alternative record title. 

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 Fast Track Application process. 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.

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.

Using your online account, you can 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 Fast Track 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.

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.

How can I speed up the Standard Application process?

Waiting times for a FREE 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 or a suitable alternative record title to break if your suggestion cannot be accepted.

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 Fast Track Application process which will speed up your record-application assessment and post-attempt evidence review to just 3 working days. This is a paid-for service which costs £450 (in the UK) and $700 (in the US). 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 Fast Track Application service, you can do so at any time (including after your attempt). To upgrade please log into your account, click onto your record title. On the next page, click on ‘upgrade to fast track’ and then follow the prompts.

Please note, using the Fast Track Application process does not guarantee that your application will be successful and we do not issue refunds for the priority processing fee if your application is unsuccessful.  If you are proposing a new record, and your suggestion cannot be accepted we will propose one alternative record, where possible.

Certificates

I’m a record holder, but I’ve not received my certificate!

First of all, Congratulations - you are Officially Amazing!

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

If you have received an email from us advising that you have successfully achieved a record, then a certificate will be emailed to you automatically.

Please make sure the postal address in your online account is correct and complete. It can take 2-4 weeks to receive your certificate, depending on your postal service and location. If it has been over 4 weeks and you have not received your certificate, please ensure that your postal details are correct online. You can do this by logging into your account and clicking on to ‘Edit’ on your personal dashboard page under the Profile section.

Once you have checked this, please email our certificate team at certificate@guinnessworldrecords.com with your record title, application ID, registered email address, and postal address. Our certificates team will then investigate this for you.

I’ve taken part in a mass participation record attempt, how do I get my Certificate of Participation?

If you have recently taken part in a successful mass participation record attempt, the event organiser will be able to supply you with codes required to purchase a personalised Certificate of Participation. If you have been given your codes, please visit the Guinness World Records store website, click Add to Basket and follow the onscreen instructions.

If you have recently taken part in a successful mass participation record attempt but do not have the codes, please contact the event organiser for updates. If you took part in a mass participation record attempt which has been confirmed as successful and it has been over 12 weeks from the attempt date, then please email us at certificate@guinnessworldrecords.com

Please ensure that you include the follow information:

  • Full Record Title:
  • Date of Event:
  • Record Attempt location:
  • Record Holder(s) name:

Any enquiries regarding an order you have already placed for a Certificate of Participation must be submitted via this Contact us form.

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.