This page is only for customers with the new version of the Google Maps APIs Premium Plan, which became available in January 2016.
Have a previous
Maps APIs for Work or Maps API for Business license?
See our Maps APIs for Work
Licenses guide. To determine whether you have a previous license: In the
Google Cloud Support Portal,
click Maps: Usage Report on the left. If the ID at the top of the report
is in the following format, you have the new Premium Plan:
gme-[company] & proj-[number] ([type])
Otherwise, you have a previous license.
Welcome to the Google Maps APIs Premium Plan
After you sign up for the Google Maps APIs Premium Plan, you'll receive a Welcome letter from Google at the contact email address you provided. Your Welcome letter contains the following important information, so make sure you keep it handy:
- Project ID
- Client ID
- Private cryptographic key for your client ID
- Google Account
What's included in your package
Your Premium Plan includes access to our suite of services. For each API, you'll find complete documentation, including developers guides and API reference guides:
|Web APIs||Web service APIs||Mobile SDKs|
1 The Google Places API for Android and the Google Places API for iOS are not available for sale and therefore not included with the Premium Plan.
2 The Google Places API is not included with the Premium Plan Asset Tracking license. If you have an Asset Tracking license and want to use the Places API, please contact the Google Maps APIs Sales team.
We've enabled all of the APIs you purchased in your Google API Console project. To access the console, sign in with your Google Account, and then select your project ID, which starts with Google Maps APIs for Business or Google Maps for Work or Google Maps. You'll find both your account and project ID in your Welcome letter.
Authentication and authorization
To make requests to our APIs, you must authenticate your application with either an API key or your client ID. In addition, requests for some APIs also require digital signatures.
You can use an API key to authenticate requests to any of our APIs. To create your key, you'll use the Google API Console project associated with your project ID. By using an API key, you can:
- Manage all of your APIs in the Google API Console
- Access real-time usage data and 30-days of historical usage data for your application in the Google API Console
Instead of an API key, you can use your client ID to make requests to any of the APIs except the following: Google Places API, Google Maps Geolocation API, Google Maps Roads API, and the Mobile APIs (Android, iOS).
By using your client ID, you can:
- View usage reports with more than 30 days of data in the Google Cloud Support Portal
- Add the
channelparameter to requests so you can view more detailed usage reports
In addition to an API key or client ID, requests to some APIs also require a unique digital signature to access the quota and features of your Premium Plan. You can generate digital signatures using the private cryptographic key provided in your Welcome letter (and available in the Google Cloud Support Portal). Specifically, you'll need to use digital signatures if you use:
- A client ID with the web service APIs, Static Maps API, or Street View Image API
- An API key with the Static Maps API or Street View Image API
For more information
For detailed instructions on using an API or client ID and generating digital signatures, refer to the authentication documentation for each API:
|Web APIs||Web service APIs||Mobile SDKs|
Usage rates and limits
To learn about how your application consumes Maps APIs Credits and the usage limits available with the Google Maps APIs Premium Plan, see Usage Rates and Limits.
The Google Maps APIs Premium Plan provides you with access to detailed reports on your application's usage, including requests made, credits consumed, errors returned, and more. For more information about reporting tools and the data they provide, see Reporting Overview.
If you have questions about Google Maps APIs, see our frequently asked questions (FAQs):
We've put together a checklist of key steps to take to help you get started developing your application with the Premium Plan.
As a Google Maps APIs Premium Plan customer, you can access the Google Cloud Support Portal, where you can find support contact information and access exclusive tools and resources. For details, see Support and Resources.
Google Maps APIs Onboarding Tool
New to the Google Maps APIs Premium Plan? Use the Google Maps APIs onboarding tool to get started with your Premium Plan license.
Renewing your license
If you're renewing your Google Maps APIs for Work license, Maps API for Business license, or a previous version of the Premium Plan purchased in 2015, see the following resources for additional information: