If you think your single or album has sold more than 500,000 copies (gold) or 1,000,000 copies (platinum) in the US, or streamed the equivalent*, please let us know. We'll verify your numbers & work with the RIAA to get you certified.
From there, you can authorize who gets a plaque.
It's typical to award a plaque to anyone who had a hand along the way--lawyer, manager, <cough>distributor<cough>, label, recording studio, and of course the artist(s) and anyone involved in the creative process.
It's up to you!
There's a fee associated with each plaque. You can pay it, or let each recipient pay for their own, or mix & match.
Want to see what a gold plaque looks like? Check out this unboxing video we did.
* For purposes of calculating sales with regard to streaming equivalents, here are the certification criteria published by the RIAA.