Official Business Account (OBA) or green badge
In contrast to the regular Business Account, an Official Business Account will receive a green checkmark (green tick) badge in the WhatsApp profile.
Please read this document carefully if you wish to apply for a Official Business Account (OBA), known also as green badge or green tick

When clicking in "Show details", you will see a green badge next to the Display Name of the Official Business Accounts:

When using the Get partner channels endpoint, you will see the information under the is_oba parameter.

A WhatsApp Business Account is your company’s way to communicate directly with customers. There are two types of WhatsApp Enterprise Accounts. The Business Account and the Official Business Account. They often get confused, because of course the simple Business Account also has to be verified by WhatsApp, therefore is it still is somehow official. However, the term "official" here is reserved for a certain amount of Business Accounts that meet certain criteria.

Any account using the WhatsApp Business API or the WhatsApp enterprise app will automatically be listed as a Business Account. WhatsApp verifies the authenticity of a brand for each account in the WhatsApp Business API.
If your WhatsApp Account is a Business Account, the Display Name is only shown in the Contacts view (in a smaller font size). In all other views, the phone number is displayed. As long as the number is not saved to contacts only the number is shown. But WhatsApp made it easier to save Business Accounts. The user just has to click on the number, the WhatsApp profile information opens up and when clicking on "adding contact" all the details are pre-filled automatically.

In contrast to the regular Business Account, the Official Business Account will receive a green checkmark badge in its profile and the name of the business is visible in the chat list, chat screens and contacts view instead of the phone number, even if the user hasn't added the business to their address book.
This is WhatsApp's way of confirming that an authentic, reputable brand is the owner of this account. Only a few companies will have an official company account. The decision is based on a variety of factors, such as whether the brand is notable. It is not possible to pay to turn a Business account into an Official business account.

To receive the OBA
status, the company needs to reach a number of notability requirements.

Businesses can only apply for OBA after successfully going through Business Verfication.

Notability requires a business to represent a well-known, often searched brand or entity. This should not be taken as a signal of the authenticity of the business. A business is considered authentic if they have gone through the Business Verification which verifies the business as a legal entity and their access to the business.
Notability, on the other hand, reflects a substantial presence in online news articles. Notability is assessed based on an account’s presence in news articles from publications with sizable audiences. Meta does not consider paid or promotional content as sources for review, including business or app listings.
Official business accounts are issued at the phone number and display name level. Meta assesses notability for the Display Name of the business account that is requesting OBA status —If the display name is changed after receiving the OBA status, the account will need to go through the approval process again.
Additionally, previous OBA approvals within a WhatsApp Business Account do not guarantee approval for other numbers (with different display names) associated with that account. If your WABA contains one main parent brand and the phone number associated with that brand meet notability requirements, we suggest updating the display names for the child brands as follows: '{{sub-brand name}} by {{notable name}}'.

If your OBA request has been denied, it means the Meta team has carefully reviewed your account, and unfortunately, your account is not eligible for the OBA status at this time. If your request is rejected, you can submit a new request after 30 days.
In the meantime, this decision doesn't limit your ability to share your business details. Each phone number also has a business profile which includes profile picture, email, website, and business description. These are fields that you can edit at any time.

Businesses can apply to OBAs directly through their WhatsApp Manager or request 360dialog's expertise with this process.

Clients can apply to OBA by themselves in their Profile section on the WhatsApp Manager. To get to the Profile section, they should go to Phone numbers > Settings.
Click on Submit Request Button and fill out the required information. You can submit up to 5 supporting links to show that the business is notable. It's important to choose them carefully, since you can only you can submit a new request after 30 days if it is rejected.

Clients that created their accounts with Classic Signup can only go through the process of requesting an OBA via a Partner. The same happens for clients that wish to appeal an OBA decision.
The Partner will need to reach out to their Account Manager (or [email protected]) providing proof that the following is achieved:

  • Verified Business Manager with a display name that is supported by the client’s external branding (Business Manager cannot belong to another company or agency)
  • The number quality must be ‘high’ at the time the application is made
  • Brand doesn't violate WhatsApp's policies, especially its Commerce Policy
  • Company needs to have more than 500 employees and/or $50 million revenue/year
  • If appealing a decision: number of the initial request with Meta
Please note that 360dialog cannot guarantee that any account will be promoted to an Official Business Account. The review process is conducted by the WhatsApp API Support Team and can take up to 7 days.
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How to see if a channel has OBA
In the 360 Partner Hub
In the 360 Partner API
Types of accounts
WhatsApp Business Account
Official WhatsApp Business Account
Requirements for approval
Business Verification
Understanding Notability
Denied Requests
Application process
Applying by themselves
Applying with 360dialog or appealing a decision