Premium Plan Overview

This page is only for customers with the Google Maps APIs Premium Plan, which became available in January 2016.

Have the Premium Plan or a previous license?
To determine which license you have (for Maps APIs for Work or Maps API for Business):
> In the Google Cloud Support Portal, click Maps: Usage Report on the left.
> Does the ID at the top of the report have the following format?
   gme-[company] & proj-[number] ([type])
If yes, you have the Premium Plan. If no, 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 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.

APIs provisioning

We've enabled all of the APIs you purchased in your Google Cloud Platform 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.

API key

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

  • Manage all of your APIs in the Google Cloud Platform Console
  • Access real-time usage data and 30-days of historical usage data for your application in the Google Cloud Platform Console

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.

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 channel parameter to requests so you can view more detailed usage reports
  • Use Maps Analytics tools for the Maps JavaScript API

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 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, 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, 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.

Reporting

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.

FAQs

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

Pre-launch checklist

We've put together a checklist of key steps to take to help you get started developing your application with the Premium Plan.

Getting help

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.

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: