Premium Plan Overview

Important: The Google Maps Platform Premium Plan is no longer available for sign up or new customers.

Welcome to the Google Maps Platform Premium Plan

After you sign up for the Google Maps Platform Premium Plan, you receive a welcome letter from Google at the contact email address you provided. Your welcome letter has the information you need to get started:

  • Project ID
  • Client ID
  • Private URL signing secret, or cryptographic key, for your client ID
  • Google Account

What's included in your package

Your Premium Plan includes access to our suite of services and documentation for each API, including developer and API reference guides.

Web APIs Web Service APIs Mobile SDKs

1 The Places API is not included with the Premium Plan Asset Tracking License. If you have an Asset Tracking License, and you want to use the Places API, then contact the Google Maps APIs Sales team.

API provisioning

All of the APIs you purchased in your Google Cloud Console project are enabled. To access your APIs, 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. Both your account and project ID are 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.

API key

You can use an API key to authenticate requests to any of our APIs. To create your key, you'll use the Cloud Console project associated with your project ID. By using an API key, you can:

  • Manage all of your APIs in the Cloud Console

  • Access real-time usage data and 30-days of historical usage data for your application in the Cloud Console [Google Maps Platform Metrics

Client ID

Instead of an API key, you can use your client ID to make requests to any of the APIs except the following: Places API, Geolocation API, Roads API, Maps SDK for Android, and Maps SDK for iOS.

With your client ID, you can:

  • Manage your Client ID and access your private URL signing secret, or cryptographic key, in the Cloud Console.

  • Access real-time usage data and 30-days of historical usage data for your application from the Cloud Console Metrics page.

    For a client ID, a label of the following format will be used: project_number:<YOUR_PROJECT_NUMBER>.

  • Add the channel parameter to requests so you can view more detailed usage reports.

Where to manage your Client ID in the Google Cloud Console

The Premium Plan Client ID management functionality is available in the Cloud Console at the bottom of the Google Maps Platform Credentials page, in the Client ID section.

The new Client ID area on the Credentials page

Further client ID management tasks, including URL authorization and client ID signing secret management, can be accessed on the separate Client ID page, by clicking the edit icon at the far right of the Client ID section.

Digital signatures

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 URL signing secret, or cryptographic key, provided in your Welcome letter (and available in the Cloud Console). Specifically, you'll need to use digital signatures if you use:

  • A client ID with the web service APIs, Maps Static API, or Street View Static API

  • An API key with the Maps Static API or Street View Static API

For more information

For detailed instructions on using an API key or client ID, and generating digital signatures, see the Premium Plan Authentication Overview.


If you have questions about Google Maps Platform, see our frequently asked questions (FAQs):

Getting help

As a Google Maps Platform Premium Plan customer, you can access the Cloud Console, where you can find support contact information and access exclusive tools and resources. For details, see Google Maps Platform Support and Resources.