Verify Location for US or UK Only Jobs

This article provides information to freelancers in the United States (U.S.) and United Kingdom (U.K.) who want to submit proposals to U.S. or U.K. only jobs. If you have been asked to verify your location for other reasons, please click here.

Clients who want to work with freelancers located either in the United States or the United Kingdom can post jobs that only allow freelancers in these locations to submit proposals. If your profile states your location is in the U.S. or the U.K. we'll need to confirm your location before you can submit proposals to those jobs. These jobs will be available only in the U.S or the U.K.— not both.

Verifying Your Location

In many cases, verification happens automatically, behind-the-scenes.

If you're not verified automatically, you'll be prompted to upload an image of your ID when you open a location-restricted job post.


To confirm your location

  1. Confirm your name
  2. Select a form of ID to upload and click Upload Your ID
  3. Select an image of your ID and click Upload

Important: To confirm your location, the name on your ID document must match your Upwork account name. If the name on your ID does not match your Upwork account name, please contact support for assistance.

I am based in the U.S/U.K. but I travel frequently. Can I still submit proposals to these jobs?

The process allows for periodic travel, so if we've been able to confirm you are in the U.S. or the U.K. you'll still be able to submit proposals for jobs where the client is requesting only U.S. or U.K. freelancers, even if you travel. It will then be up to you and your client to determine whether your travel schedule affects your ability to meet their job requirements.

How does location verification work for agencies?

For U.S.- or U.K-based agencies, each agency member must verify their location to gain access to these jobs. Only those who have confirmed they are located in the U.S. or U.K. will be able to submit proposals for jobs where the client is requesting only U.S. or U.K. freelancers. When submitting proposals on behalf of other team members, both the person submitting the proposal and the team member named in the proposal must verify they are in the U.S. or U.K.

Non-U.S. or U.K. agency members, including business managers, will not be able to submit proposals for jobs with location selection, even on behalf of their team members who have completed location verification.

How does Upwork protect my personal data?

Any ID documentation that you submit will be encrypted and securely processed. If you’re located in the U.K., you can submit a GDPR request to Upwork to access, update, or delete your data. Click here to learn more.

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