Do I have to verify my account to use Couchsurfing?

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No. Verification is an entirely optional program. While it may make it easier for you to surf and host, especially as a newer member, it is not necessary.

If you can't get verified for some reason, or choose not to get verified, the best thing you can do to boost members' confidence in you is to make sure your profile is complete. Fill in all of the description fields. Upload a few photos of yourself. Meet some surfers/hosts in your area and become friends with them. In time, you will build up a strong profile based on friends and references and be well on your way to being a successful host and surfer.

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