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AWS Organizations API Reference
API Reference (API Version 2016-11-28)

CreateAccount

Creates an AWS account that is automatically a member of the organization whose credentials made the request. This is an asynchronous request that AWS performs in the background. If you want to check the status of the request later, you need the OperationId response element from this operation to provide as a parameter to the DescribeCreateAccountStatus operation.

The user who calls the API for an invitation to join must have the organizations:CreateAccount permission. If you enabled all features in the organization, then the user must also have the iam:CreateServiceLinkedRole permission so that Organizations can create the required service-linked role named OrgsServiceLinkedRoleName. For more information, see AWS Organizations and Service-Linked Roles in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

The user in the master account who calls this API must also have the iam:CreateRole permission because AWS Organizations preconfigures the new member account with a role (named OrganizationAccountAccessRole by default) that grants users in the master account administrator permissions in the new member account. Principals in the master account can assume the role. AWS Organizations clones the company name and address information for the new account from the organization's master account.

This operation can be called only from the organization's master account.

For more information about creating accounts, see Creating an AWS Account in Your Organization in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

Important

When you create an account in an organization using the AWS Organizations console, API, or CLI commands, the information required for the account to operate as a standalone account, such as a payment method and signing the End User Licence Agreement (EULA) is not automatically collected. If you must remove an account from your organization later, you can do so only after you provide the missing information. Follow the steps at To leave an organization when all required account information has not yet been provided in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

Note

When you create a member account with this operation, you can choose whether to create the account with the IAM User and Role Access to Billing Information switch enabled. If you enable it, IAM users and roles that have appropriate permissions can view billing information for the account. If you disable this, then only the account root user can access billing information. For information about how to disable this for an account, see Granting Access to Your Billing Information and Tools.

This operation can be called only from the organization's master account.

Important

If you get an exception that indicates that you exceeded your account limits for the organization or that you can"t add an account because your organization is still initializing, please contact AWS Customer Support.

Request Syntax

{
   "AccountName": "string",
   "Email": "string",
   "IamUserAccessToBilling": "string",
   "RoleName": "string"
}

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.

AccountName

The friendly name of the member account.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 1. Maximum length of 50.

Required: Yes

Email

The email address of the owner to assign to the new member account. This email address must not already be associated with another AWS account. You must use a valid email address to complete account creation. You cannot access the root user of the account or remove an account that was created with an invalid email address.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 6. Maximum length of 64.

Pattern: [^\s@]+@[^\s@]+\.[^\s@]+

Required: Yes

IamUserAccessToBilling

If set to ALLOW, the new account enables IAM users to access account billing information if they have the required permissions. If set to DENY, then only the root user of the new account can access account billing information. For more information, see Activating Access to the Billing and Cost Management Console in the AWS Billing and Cost Management User Guide.

If you do not specify this parameter, the value defaults to ALLOW, and IAM users and roles with the required permissions can access billing information for the new account.

Type: String

Valid Values: ALLOW | DENY

Required: No

RoleName

(Optional)

The name of an IAM role that Organizations automatically preconfigures in the new member account. This role trusts the master account, allowing users in the master account to assume the role, as permitted by the master account administrator. The role has administrator permissions in the new member account.

If you do not specify this parameter, the role name defaults to OrganizationAccountAccessRole.

For more information about how to use this role to access the member account, see Accessing and Administering the Member Accounts in Your Organization in the AWS Organizations User Guide, and steps 2 and 3 in Tutorial: Delegate Access Across AWS Accounts Using IAM Roles in the IAM User Guide.

The regex pattern that is used to validate this parameter is a string of characters that can consist of uppercase letters, lowercase letters, digits with no spaces, and any of the following characters: =,.@-

Type: String

Pattern: [\w+=,.@-]{1,64}

Required: No

Response Syntax

{
   "CreateAccountStatus": { 
      "AccountId": "string",
      "AccountName": "string",
      "CompletedTimestamp": number,
      "FailureReason": "string",
      "Id": "string",
      "RequestedTimestamp": number,
      "State": "string"
   }
}

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response.

The following data is returned in JSON format by the service.

CreateAccountStatus

A structure that contains details about the request to create an account. This response structure might not be fully populated when you first receive it because account creation is an asynchronous process. You can pass the returned CreateAccountStatus ID as a parameter to DescribeCreateAccountStatus to get status about the progress of the request at later times.

Type: CreateAccountStatus object

Errors

For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.

AccessDeniedException

You don't have permissions to perform the requested operation. The user or role that is making the request must have at least one IAM permissions policy attached that grants the required permissions. For more information, see Access Management in the IAM User Guide.

HTTP Status Code: 400

AWSOrganizationsNotInUseException

Your account is not a member of an organization. To make this request, you must use the credentials of an account that belongs to an organization.

HTTP Status Code: 400

ConcurrentModificationException

The target of the operation is currently being modified by a different request. Try again later.

HTTP Status Code: 400

ConstraintViolationException

Performing this operation violates a minimum or maximum value limit. For example, attempting to removing the last SCP from an OU or root, inviting or creating too many accounts to the organization, or attaching too many policies to an account, OU, or root. This exception includes a reason that contains additional information about the violated limit:

Note

Some of the reasons in the following list might not be applicable to this specific API or operation:

  • ACCOUNT_NUMBER_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: You attempted to exceed the limit on the number of accounts in an organization. If you need more accounts, contact AWS Support to request an increase in your limit.

    Or, The number of invitations that you tried to send would cause you to exceed the limit of accounts in your organization. Send fewer invitations, or contact AWS Support to request an increase in the number of accounts.

    Note: deleted and closed accounts still count toward your limit.

    Important

    If you get an exception that indicates that you exceeded your account limits for the organization or that you can"t add an account because your organization is still initializing, please contact AWS Customer Support.

  • HANDSHAKE_RATE_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: You attempted to exceed the number of handshakes you can send in one day.

  • OU_NUMBER_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: You attempted to exceed the number of organizational units you can have in an organization.

  • OU_DEPTH_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: You attempted to create an organizational unit tree that is too many levels deep.

  • POLICY_NUMBER_LIMIT_EXCEEDED. You attempted to exceed the number of policies that you can have in an organization.

  • MAX_POLICY_TYPE_ATTACHMENT_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: You attempted to exceed the number of policies of a certain type that can be attached to an entity at one time.

  • MIN_POLICY_TYPE_ATTACHMENT_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: You attempted to detach a policy from an entity that would cause the entity to have fewer than the minimum number of policies of a certain type required.

  • ACCOUNT_CANNOT_LEAVE_WITHOUT_EULA: You attempted to remove an account from the organization that does not yet have enough information to exist as a stand-alone account. This account requires you to first agree to the AWS Customer Agreement. Follow the steps at To leave an organization when all required account information has not yet been provided in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

  • ACCOUNT_CANNOT_LEAVE_WITHOUT_PHONE_VERIFICATION: You attempted to remove an account from the organization that does not yet have enough information to exist as a stand-alone account. This account requires you to first complete phone verification. Follow the steps at To leave an organization when all required account information has not yet been provided in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

  • MASTER_ACCOUNT_PAYMENT_INSTRUMENT_REQUIRED: To create an organization with this account, you first must associate a payment instrument, such as a credit card, with the account. Follow the steps at To leave an organization when all required account information has not yet been provided in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

  • MEMBER_ACCOUNT_PAYMENT_INSTRUMENT_REQUIRED: To complete this operation with this member account, you first must associate a payment instrument, such as a credit card, with the account. Follow the steps at To leave an organization when all required account information has not yet been provided in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

  • ACCOUNT_CREATION_RATE_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: You attempted to exceed the number of accounts that you can create in one day.

  • MASTER_ACCOUNT_ADDRESS_DOES_NOT_MATCH_MARKETPLACE: To create an account in this organization, you first must migrate the organization's master account to the marketplace that corresponds to the master account's address. For example, accounts with India addresses must be associated with the AISPL marketplace. All accounts in an organization must be associated with the same marketplace.

  • MASTER_ACCOUNT_MISSING_CONTACT_INFO: To complete this operation, you must first provide contact a valid address and phone number for the master account. Then try the operation again.

HTTP Status Code: 400

FinalizingOrganizationException

AWS Organizations could not finalize the creation of your organization. Try again later. If this persists, contact AWS customer support.

HTTP Status Code: 400

InvalidInputException

The requested operation failed because you provided invalid values for one or more of the request parameters. This exception includes a reason that contains additional information about the violated limit:

Note

Some of the reasons in the following list might not be applicable to this specific API or operation:

  • INVALID_PARTY_TYPE_TARGET: You specified the wrong type of entity (account, organization, or email) as a party.

  • INVALID_SYNTAX_ORGANIZATION_ARN: You specified an invalid ARN for the organization.

  • INVALID_SYNTAX_POLICY_ID: You specified an invalid policy ID.

  • INVALID_ENUM: You specified a value that is not valid for that parameter.

  • INVALID_FULL_NAME_TARGET: You specified a full name that contains invalid characters.

  • INVALID_LIST_MEMBER: You provided a list to a parameter that contains at least one invalid value.

  • MAX_LENGTH_EXCEEDED: You provided a string parameter that is longer than allowed.

  • MAX_VALUE_EXCEEDED: You provided a numeric parameter that has a larger value than allowed.

  • MIN_LENGTH_EXCEEDED: You provided a string parameter that is shorter than allowed.

  • MIN_VALUE_EXCEEDED: You provided a numeric parameter that has a smaller value than allowed.

  • IMMUTABLE_POLICY: You specified a policy that is managed by AWS and cannot be modified.

  • INVALID_PATTERN: You provided a value that doesn't match the required pattern.

  • INVALID_PATTERN_TARGET_ID: You specified a policy target ID that doesn't match the required pattern.

  • INPUT_REQUIRED: You must include a value for all required parameters.

  • INVALID_PAGINATION_TOKEN: Get the value for the NextToken parameter from the response to a previous call of the operation.

  • MAX_FILTER_LIMIT_EXCEEDED: You can specify only one filter parameter for the operation.

  • MOVING_ACCOUNT_BETWEEN_DIFFERENT_ROOTS: You can move an account only between entities in the same root.

HTTP Status Code: 400

ServiceException

AWS Organizations can't complete your request because of an internal service error. Try again later.

HTTP Status Code: 400

TooManyRequestsException

You've sent too many requests in too short a period of time. The limit helps protect against denial-of-service attacks. Try again later.

HTTP Status Code: 400

Example

The following example shows how to create a member account in an organization. The member account is configured with the name Production Account and the email address of susan@example.com. Organizations automatically creates an IAM role using the default name of OrganizationAccountAccessRole because the roleName parameter is not specified. Also, the setting that allows IAM users or roles with sufficient permissions to access account billing data is set to the default value of ALLOW because the IamUserAccessToBilling parameter is not specified. Organizations automatically sends Susan a "Welcome to AWS" email:

Sample Request

POST / HTTP/1.1
Host: organizations.us-east-1.amazonaws.com
Accept-Encoding: identity
Content-Length: 78
X-Amz-Target: AWSOrganizationsV20161128.CreateAccount
X-Amz-Date: 20161130T223933Z
User-Agent: aws-cli/1.10.18 Python/2.7.8 Linux/2.6.18-164.el5 botocore/1.4.9
Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1
Authorization: AWS4-HMAC-SHA256 
  Credential=AKIAIOSFODNN7EXAMPLE/20161130/us-east-1/organizations/aws4_request, 
  SignedHeaders=content-type;host;user-agent;x-amz-date;x-amz-target, 
  Signature=EXAMPLESIGabcdef1234567890abcdef1234567890abcdef123456EXAMPLESIG

{ "Email": "susan@example.com", "AccountName": "Production Account" }

Sample Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK
x-amzn-RequestId: EXAMPLE8-90ab-cdef-fedc-ba987EXAMPLE
Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1
Content-Length: 300
Date: Thu, 30 Nov 2016 22:39:35 GMT

{
  "CreateAccountStatus": {
    "State": "IN_PROGRESS",
    "Id": "car-examplecreateaccountrequestid111"
  }
}

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: