Create a standalone AWS account - AWS Account Management

Create a standalone 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 a member account in your organization in the AWS Organizations User Guide.

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

AWS Management Console
To create an AWS account
  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 Verify email address. This will send a verification code to your specified email address.


    Because of the critical nature of the 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. Enter your verification code, and then choose Verify.

  5. Enter a strong password for your root user, confirm it, and then choose Continue. AWS requires that your password meet the following conditions:

    • It must have a minimum of 8 characters and a maximum of 128 characters.

    • It must include a minimum of three of the following mix of character types: uppercase, lowercase, numbers, and ! @ # $ % ^ & * () <> [] {} | _+-= symbols.

    • It must not be identical to your AWS account name or email address.

  6. Choose Business or Personal. Personal accounts and business accounts have the same features and functions.

  7. Enter your company or personal information.


    For business AWS accounts, it's a best practice to enter:

    • A company phone number rather than a number for a personal phone.

    • An e-mail address with a domain name that belongs to the company or organization that will be using the account.

    Configuring the account's root user with an individual email address or a personal phone number can make your account insecure.

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

  9. Choose Continue. At this point, you'll receive an email message to confirm that your AWS account is ready to use. You can sign in to your new account by using the email address and password you provided during sign up. However, you can't use any AWS services until you finish activating your account.

  10. Enter the information about your payment method, and then choose Verify and Continue. If you want to use a different billing address for your AWS billing information, choose Use a new address.

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

  11. Enter your country or region code from the list, and then enter a phone number where you can be reached in the next few minutes.

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

  13. When the automated system contacts you, enter the PIN you receive and then submit.

  14. Select one of the available AWS Support plans. For a description of the available Support plans and their benefits, see Compare AWS Support plans.

  15. Choose Complete sign up. A confirmation page appears that indicates that your account is being activated.

  16. Check your email and spam folder for an email message that confirms your account was activated. Activation usually takes a few minutes but can sometimes take up to 24 hours.

    After you receive the activation 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.