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U.S. Digital Registry

Screen capture of search results for "Central Intelligence Agency" on Facebook; Facebook's blue and white Verified check mark identifies the real CIA's federal account above multiple imposter accounts.

For U.S. Government

Register and Manage Accounts

For Developers: Using and Improving the API

Access the U.S. Digital Registry API or its GitHub repo to test, evaluate, improve and use it.

What is the U.S. Digital Registry?

Whether for emergency management and public health, reliable financial services or trusted access to education programs, the need for users to confirm the validity of official U.S. government digital platforms is critical.

A challenge in embracing emerging startup and private sector platforms for public service is ensuring that citizens can trust the app used for official engagement is managed by the legitimate agency and not a unofficial source, phishing scam or malicious entity.

The U.S. Digital Registry serves as the authoritative resource for agencies, citizens and developers to confirm the official status of social media and public-facing collaboration accounts, mobile apps and mobile websites.

Data fields in the registry include the agency, platform, account, language, points of contact and collaborative tags.

Developers are encouraged to use the API to verify the thousands of official accounts and mobile apps in order to maintain trust in official public service engagements, and build new user-centered programs to empower citizens. The API currently feeds USAgov’s Federal Mobile Apps Directory and Directorio Federal de Aplicaciones (Apps) Móviles page(s).

The U.S. Digital Registry and API is early in development: please contact us to share your feedback, ideas and experience for future iterations.

How to Access the U.S. Digital Registry

Accessing the U.S. Digital Registry requires an OMB Max ID, which is available to federal government employees and contractors with a valid .gov, .mil, or .fed.us email address. Register for an OMB Max ID if you need one.

Any registered social media accounts should be created under federal-compatible Terms of Service (TOS). If they weren’t, contact your agency Point of Contact, to bring accounts into compliance with federal law. Mobile native app and mobile web registrations do not need to be created with federal-compatible Terms of Service (TOS).

What’s “Official”?

The U.S. Digital Registry only includes accounts that represent official U.S. government agencies, organizations, or programs — the collection grows weekly. You can register accounts managed by federal agencies, heads of agencies or members of the President’s Cabinet. Do not enter personal, employee, or other types of accounts.

Types of accounts we can verify


More than 80 apps currently have amended Terms of Service for official government use. This list will update and expand in future iterations based on need and capability:

  • Facebook
  • Flickr
  • Github
  • Google+
  • IdeaScale
  • Instagram
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest
  • Scribd
  • Slideshare
  • Socrata
  • Storify
  • Tumblr
  • Twitter
  • Uservoice
  • Ustream
  • YouTube

Feedback

If you have questions, comments or ideas on how to use or improve the U.S. Digital Registry, please contact us via email.

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