Closing an AWS GovCloud (US) Account - AWS GovCloud (US)

Closing an AWS GovCloud (US) Account

The following instructions describe the process to close an AWS GovCloud (US) account. Because AWS account management functions are not available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Management Console, closing an AWS GovCloud account may require additional steps.


There is no ‘Close Account’ option available in the AWS GovCloud (US) Management Console as there is in the standard AWS account Management Console.

AWS retains the policy data for the account for 90 days from the effective date of the administrator account closure. At the end of the 90 day period, AWS permanently deletes all policy data for the account.

  • To retain findings for more than 90 days, you can archive the policies. You can also use a custom action with an EventBridge rule to store the findings in an S3 bucket.

  • As long as AWS retains the policy data, when you reopen the closed account, AWS reassigns the account as the service administrator and recovers the service policy data for the account.

  • For more information, see Closing an account.


For customers in the AWS GovCloud (US) Regions:

  • Before closing your account, back up and then delete your policy data and other account resources. You will no longer have access to them after you close the account.

Users can either close both the standard AWS account and the AWS GovCloud account that it’s linked to or close just the AWS GovCloud account.

Closing both Standard and AWS GovCloud accounts:

  • If you wish to close both your AWS Standard account and its associated AWS GovCloud (US) account, you can use the ‘Close Account’ option available in the standard account console.

  • The GovCloud account will close within the next billing cycle (similar to the standard AWS account). If you run into issues with billing/access to the GovCloud console after this time, please submit a Support Case via the standard account, referencing the issue and the GovCloud Account ID.

Closing the AWS GovCloud account only:

  • To close the GovCloud account, you must first terminate all resources currently running in the AWS GovCloud (US) account (both regions if applicable).

  • Delete all IAM users.

  • Rotate and delete the Access Keys for the GovCloud account.


    No further action is required to close the GovCloud account. The IAM permission stack to access the AWS GovCloud (US) Management Console will still exist, but users will no longer be able to log into the console or create AWS resources. The standard account access/resources will remain the same.