Prerequisites - Amazon DocumentDB


Before you create your first Amazon DocumentDB cluster, you must do the following:

Create an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account

Before you can begin using Amazon DocumentDB, you must have an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. The AWS account is free. You pay only for the services and resources that you use.

If you do not have an AWS account, complete the following steps to create one.

To sign up for an AWS account

  1. Open

  2. Follow the online instructions.

    Part of the sign-up procedure involves receiving a phone call and entering a verification code on the phone keypad.

Set up the needed AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM) permissions.

Access to manage Amazon DocumentDB resources such as clusters, instances, and cluster parameter groups requires credentials that AWS can use to authenticate your requests. For more information, see Identity and Access Management in Amazon DocumentDB.

If you are using an IAM user to set up and manage your Amazon DocumentDB cluster, attach the AmazonDocDBFullAccess AWS managed policy to the user. The AmazonDocDBFullAccess policy grants full access to all Amazon DocumentDB resources for the AWS account. For more information, see AWS Managed (Predefined) Policies for Amazon DocumentDB.

Create an Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)

If you don't have a VPC, see Getting Started with Amazon VPC in the Amazon VPC User Guide.

To get started creating the cluster, see Step 1: Create an Amazon DocumentDB Cluster.