How to apply for Guinness World Record


With Chef Hilda Baci who broke the record of Longest cooking marathon by an individual, many Nigerians are motivated and are attempting to break a record.

Guinness World Records is an organization that recognizes record achievements across the globe. Before you submit your application for a potential record, you’ll need to make sure your record meets certain standards and get registered on the official Guinness World Records website. Once you submit the application and necessary paperwork, you can eagerly wait to find out if you’re an official world record holder.


Things You Should Know

Make an account on the Guinness World Records website, follow their formatting criteria, and ensure you also meet the minimum requirement for a new record

Break a measurable, universally understandable, objective, and challenging record; ensure your record can be proven as well.

Fill out and submit an application; if accepted, provide the necessary evidence of your record for Guinness World Records to review.

Getting Started on the Website

  • Register for an account
  • You will receive an email with an activation link. Click on the link, and you will be brought to a dashboard page.
  • Click on the green ‘Apply for a record’ button.
  • Search for the record that you want to break.
  • When you find the record, click the ‘Apply Now’ button. If you cannot find the record you can apply for a new one by clicking ‘Apply for a new record title’ at the bottom of the page.
  • Complete the application form.


Breaking or Setting a Record

Break a record that is measurable. Being the tallest person on Earth, eating the most hot dogs, and running the fastest mile are all records that can be measured. Things that are abstract or based on opinion are not measurable.

For example, being the world’s “greatest cat lover” is abstract. However, “owning the world’s most cat figurines” is measurable.

Break a record that is universally understandable. For example, being the fastest swimmer in the world would work as a record because most people in the world understand what swimming is.

Make sure your record can be broken. If other people can’t repeat your record and attempt to beat you, your record will not be accepted.

Make sure your record is verifiable. You have to be able to prove that you actually broke a record. Claiming that you ate 1000 chocolates  in ten minutes when you were younger isn’t something that can be verified (unless you have it on tape).

You’ll need two witnesses (not related to you) to sign off on a form saying you successfully broke the record you attempted. Keep that in mind if you’re attempting a record that is hard to replicate.

Break a record that is adequately challenging. Guinness World Records doesn’t recognize every achievement, just those that are universally challenging.

Make sure your record is objective.

Never attempt a record that is harmful to bystanders or animals. If you’re putting the lives of people or animals in danger when attempting your record, your application will be rejected.