Creating an AWS account - AWS Account Management

Creating an AWS account

This topic describes how to create a standalone AWS account that isn't managed by AWS Organizations. If you want to create an account that's part of an organization managed by AWS Organizations, see Creating an AWS account in your organization.

These instructions are for creating an AWS account outside of India. For creating an account in India, see Creating an AWS account with AISPL.

AWS Management Console
To create an AWS account
Minimum permissions

To perform the following steps, you must have at least the following IAM permissions:

  • Because this operation occurs before you have an AWS account, this operation requires no AWS permissions.

  1. Open the Amazon Web Services home page .

  2. Choose Create an AWS account.


    If you signed in to AWS recently, that option might not be there. Instead, choose Sign in to the Console. Then, if Create a new AWS account still isn't visible, first choose Sign in to a different account, and then choose Create a new AWS account.

  3. Enter your account information, and then choose Continue. Be sure that you enter your account information correctly, especially your email address. If you enter your email address incorrectly, you won't be able to access your AWS account.


    Because of the critical nature of the AWS account root user of the account, we strongly recommend that you use an email address that can be accessed by a group, rather than only an individual. That way, if the person who signed up for the AWS account leaves the company, the AWS account can still be used because the email address is still accessible.

    If you lose access to the email address associated with the AWS account, then you can't recover access to the account if you ever lose the password.

  4. Choose Personal or Professional.


    Personal accounts and professional accounts have the same features and functions.

  5. Enter your company or personal information.


    For professional AWS accounts, it's a best practice to enter a company phone number rather than a number for a personal phone. Configuring the account's Using the AWS account root user with an individual email address or a personal phone number can make your account insecure.

  6. Read and accept the AWS Customer Agreement.


    Be sure that you read and understand the terms of the AWS Customer Agreement.

  7. Choose Create Account and Continue.

  8. On the Payment Information page, enter the information about your payment method, and then choose Verify and Add.


    If you want to use a different billing address for your AWS billing information, choose Use a new address before you choose Verify and Add.

    You can't proceed with thee sign-up process until you add a valid payment method.

  9. Next, you must verify your phone number. Choose your country or region code from the list, and enter a phone number where you can be reached in the next few minutes.

  10. Enter the code displayed in the CAPTCHA, and then submit.

  11. When the automated system contacts you, enter the PIN you receive and then choose Continue.

  12. On the Select a Support Plan page, choose one of the available AWS Support plans. For a description of the available Support plans and their benefits, see Compare AWS Support plans.

  13. Finally, wait for your new account to be activated. This usually takes a few minutes but can take up to 24 hours.

    When your account is fully activated, you receive a confirmation email message. Check your email and spam folder for the confirmation message. After you receive this email message, you have full access to all AWS services.


You can create member accounts in an organization that is managed by AWS Organizations by running the CreateAccount operation while signed in to the organization's management account.

You can't create a standalone AWS account outside of an organization by using an AWS Command Line Interface (AWS CLI) or AWS API operation.