10DLC Overview for Political Customers
What is 10DLC?
10DLC (10 digit long code) stands for a phone number with a local area code like 347-999-9999 that has been approved for sending texts at scale. Registration is required to access a 10DLC phone number. Please note that registrations can take upwards of 5-7 business days to be approved.
To register for 10DLC, political campaigns, PACs, or parties will need to provide:
To register, first get a token from Campaign Verify, then fill out our 10DLC form in Spoke.
Here’s a guide to getting registered in Spoke.
What is Campaign Verify?
Campaign Verify is the vetting organization responsible for confirming the identity of political campaigns, PACs, and parties. Learn more here.
When will I register for 10DLC?
While you won’t submit the 10DLC registration form until you have your Scale to Win Spoke account, it can take up to two weeks to receive a Campaign Verify token depending on what information is available in your committee’s public filing. We recommend getting started with Campaign Verify early so there are no delays in texting!
How do I register with Campaign Verify?
To register with Campaign Verify, you will need to submit an online filing record. Get started by visiting https://app.campaignverify.org, signing up, and filling out a verification request. Full instructions here.
If you have specific questions about Campaign Verify, you can reach their support team at [email protected]
Here are some handy Campaign Verify resources:
Video on registering a Federal campaign or PAC
Video on registering a State/Local campaign, PAC, or party
Check out the FAQ on Campaign Verify. If you have questions about Campaign Verify, you can reach their support team at [email protected]paignverify.org.
Do I have to register for 10DLC?
Yes, if you plan to send text messages using local phone numbers in Spoke after March 31st, 2023. Alternatively, you can register to send texts from toll-free numbers. You can read more about toll-free texting here.
Are there any costs associated with 10DLC?
Registering as a political entity for 10DLC requires paying $95 directly to Campaign Verify. Scale to Win will cover the other 10DLC fees associated with registering for 10DLC.
POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS, PACs, or PARTIES:
- $95 vetting fee paid directly to Campaign Verify. This verification is good through January 2025.
- Scale to Win will cover the rest!
Total upfront cost: $95
What if I can’t register for 10DLC?
If you’re a group without an online filing for Campaign Verify, without an EIN, or otherwise cannot register for 10DLC, texting on toll-free numbers (e.g. an 833, 844, 855, etc. area code) is available at no extra cost. You will need to go through a separate registration process to utilize toll-free. Read about the registration requirements for toll-free here.
What if I’m a consultant who provides texting for my customers?
Our platform and registration process makes this type of use case easy. If you have multiple customers, you’ll need to register each of them individually. After you complete your Scale to Win contract, be sure to let our team know you’ll need to register multiple customers and we’ll be happy to walk you through the process! You can also read more here.
What is toll-free texting?
Texting with a toll-free number means that instead of texting with a local area code, you’ll text from phone numbers with area codes like 833, 844, or 866 (you won’t ever be texting with a 800 number). These phone numbers otherwise look identical to an ordinary ten-digit phone number with a local area code.
Registration is required to access a toll-free number. At present, it takes around 5 business days for toll-free registrations to be approved. Scale to Win has actually seen a general trend of increased deliverability, positive response rates, and fundraising numbers with toll-free. You can read more about toll-free texting here.