You may think everything of importance has already been done and there can’t be any records worth breaking. Simply not true! In recent months a wide range of new Guinness World Records have been set including largest cushion, largest commercially available hamburger, most played online videogame and also the ‘largest gathering of people dressed as video games characters’ believe it or not. So who’s to say you can’t be the next person in the record books? But how do you go about getting the record counted? Read the following article and all will be revealed.
Got an idea for a Guinness World Record but don’t know how to get it verified? Whether you’re planning on breaking an existing record or you’ve come up with a crazy new one, it should be easy as 1-2-3 to send in your record and get it approved immediately.
Is there a cost involved?
No! Applying for a Guinness World Record won’t cost a thing – unless, of course, you request an adjudicator, which will be explained later, for a small fee. Anyone can apply, but under-18s must get approval from a parent or legal guardian first.
- Get in contact with Guinness World Records. Always make sure to contact Guinness World Records before making a record attempt so you know what to do. In order to do this, contact Guinness World Records via website. Simply click on “Break a record” and follow the on-screen instructions. Make sure to tell as much as possible about your claim. This is your chance to verify every detail.
- Follow the guidelines. If you application is for an existing record, Guinness World Records will send you the guidelines that the current record holder followed; if it’s for a new record, and they like it, they’ll write new guidelines for you. Once you receive these, you’re ready to make an attempt.
- Gather Evidence. The guidelines you’re sent will contain details of the evidence they need: expect to film video evidence, take photographs, and have at least two independent written witness statements.
- Send all your evidence to Guinness World Records Limited. You will recieve more information about this when you apply for your record on guinnessworldrecords.com. Send it. Next, send them all your evidence. If you want a Guinness World Records adjudicator present at your event, see Adjudicators (below). Otherwise, they’ll get back to you as soon as possible. When you send in your evidence, you will most likely be required to have at least two written witness statements.
- Wait. If you’ve requested an adjudicator at your event, he or she can ratify your record immediately. Otherwise, once they receive your package of evidence, Guinness World Record researchers will assess it to make sure that you’ve followed the rules correctly. This process can take a few months, so be patient!
- Celebrate! If you’re successful in your attempt, you’ll either receive your official Guinness World Records certificate in the mail within 4-6 weeks or, if you had an adjudicator at your attempt, they’ll present you with your certificate right away.
- After registering your record idea, you can arrange for a trained adjudicator to be present at your event. Advantages of having an adjudicator at your event are:
- Instant verification of your record and presentation of your official certificate.
- An article about your record on the official Guinness World Records website.
- Support in the build-up of your record attempt.
- International media coverage for your event.
- Availability of your adjudicator for interviews and press conferences.
- Guinness World Records carries out on-site adjudications for corporate activities, charity functions, product launches, marketing and PR events, sports events, and to raise awareness for good causes. With the publication of Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, Guinness World Records now carries out a wide range of PC, console, and arcade game adjudicators, from international shows to local arcades. So if you’re aiming for a record-breaking high score, why not have a Guinness World Records adjudicator there to make it official?
Choosing a record? Please avoid:
- Non-records – Your claim must involve a breakable record! Is it the tallest, longest, heaviest, smelliest? You may be able to lick your elbow, but it’s not a record!
- Animal Cruelty – Don’t overfeed your pets to make them the heaviest or fattest. Uncool.
- Breaking the law – Driving at high speeds on public roads is dangerous and illegal, so just don’t do it.
- Teenage surgery – Teenagers performing surgery or medical operations isn’t cool: you’re a danger to society. As are speedy house builders who try to build homes in the fastest time. They come down just as fast!
- Finally, It has to be breakable! Guinness World Records Limited will not accept “firsts” – unless it’s a “significant first”, by which I mean really significant, such as “First man on the moon” or “First movie to gross over $1 billion”.
- And don’t forget, make sure your record will be interesting to a wide range of people – such as “Tallest man” or “Most yo-yos spun on one hand“.
- Don’t forget to have fun!
- Some records can be dangerous. Appropriate advice should be obtained before making any dangerous record attempt, and all record attempts are at the participant’s risk. In no circumstances will Guinness World Records have any liability for death or injury suffered in any record attempt. Guinness World Records has complete discretion over whether or not to include any particular records in the book. Remember that being a Guinness World Record holder does not guarantee you a place in the book – that decision is the editor’s.
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