Application checklist: is your proposal a potential Guinness World Records™ record?
We receieve over 50,000 enquiries annually from potential record breakers. Please help us to get through these queries as efficiently as possible by reading and understanding what we will and will not accept as potential records. This list is long, but well worth a read!
Complete the registration form
The registration process consists of 3 main steps:-
- Fill out your personal details
- Enter your email address, which will become your website username, and a password of your choice
- You will receive an email from us (within a few hours at the most) - just click on the link in that email to confirm your identity, and complete your registration.
Tell us about your record idea
When you confirm your registration, you will be presented with a login box. Enter your email address and the password you created during registration. Once logged in, you can proceed with either a standard application, or avail of our premium fast track service.
If you are interested in multiple records/claims, you will need to fill out a separate proposal form for each individual record/claim.
The Standard Application is totally free and requires 4 to 6 weeks to be processed. If your claim is of an urgent nature you are welcome to choose the Fast Track Application, which will enable you to receive a reply in only 3 working days. To find out more about Fast Track, please read this service description.
Once you submit your claim we will email you a document called General Information on Record Breaking which will outline the process. In the email you will also find a CLAIM ID number which refers to your application. Please be aware that it may take up to 3 working days for you to receive this initial email.
After this initial email your claim will be in our system and will be evaluated within 4 weeks. Occasionally this may take longer as we may need to consult external experts. During this period, we may contact you for more information on your attempt in order to make a more qualified judgement on your proposal. Please be assured that we will endeavour to get an answer to you as quickly as possible. If you require a quicker answer you may use our Fast Track service.
Once a decision is made we will send you an email stating our decision. This will be either:
- A rejection of your proposal - and where we can, we will give more specific details of our decision in this regard.
- An acceptance of your proposal as a new Guinness World Record category with specific guidelines attached. Together with the guidelines you will receive the Records Breakers Pack.
- A suggestion of a record that we already monitor as your proposal is similar enough to the established category.
Once you have received this, you can then plan and make your attempt, following our guidelines. When making an attempt please remember to collect ALL the evidence as outlined in the Record Breakers Pack and the specific guidelines.
You must then send in the evidence in one package, with your CLAIM ID number clearly marked on both the outside of the package and on each piece of evidence you submit.
Once we have received this, it will again take around 6 to 8 weeks for us to assess your claim and come to a decision. If you need an urgent assessment of your claim, you can apply for a Fast Review of your claim.
If your claim has been unsuccessful, you will be sent an email outlining where the problems with the claim were. If successful, you will be sent a letter and Guinness World Records certificate in recognition of your record breaking achievement.
We would now invite you to print this page for reference and login to start the application process.
Thank you for your interest in Guinness World Records and good luck!!