Signing Up for AWS GovCloud (US) - AWS GovCloud (US)

Signing Up for AWS GovCloud (US)

You can only obtain AWS GovCloud (US) accounts if you are an individual or entity that qualifies as a U.S. Person under applicable regulations. In addition to the AWS Customer Agreement or other agreement between you and AWS governing your use of the Service Offerings, you must agree to the AWS GovCloud (US) Terms and Conditions.

Customers that access AWS through an authorized Solution Provider can sign up for AWS GovCloud (US) through their Solution Provider. The guidance below would not apply to you.

To enable access to AWS GovCloud (US), you must first have a standard AWS account for billing purposes.


It is a best practice to create a new AWS account that you will use only for AWS GovCloud (US) access. This allows you to do the following:

  • Transfer the AWS GovCloud (US) account to another party.

  • Ensure the root user of the standard AWS account, which is the parent account of the AWS GovCloud (US) account, is a U.S. Person.

  • Fully close the AWS GovCloud (US) accounts without affecting your other AWS workloads. Software vendors who want to be listed in the AWS Marketplace for AWS GovCloud (US) must have a direct agreement with AWS.

  • Software vendors who want to be listed in the AWS GovCloud (US) Region should sign up as Direct Customer whether they are resellers or not.

To sign up for AWS GovCloud (US)

  1. Determine if you are a direct customer, Solution Provider, or reseller customer.

    You are a direct customer if your organization is paying or will pay your bills directly to AWS, regardless of whether you also serve as an authorized Solution Provider. You can sign up for an AWS GovCloud (US) account from your standard AWS account.

    You are a Solution Provider customer if you are paying an Authorized AWS Solution Provider for AWS Services.

  2. Create a standard AWS account by clicking Sign Up on the AWS home page.

  3. Next take the following steps:

    1. Sign in to the standard AWS Management Console as a root user for your AWS account.

    2. Navigate to the Account Settings page.

    3. Choose Sign up for AWS GovCloud (US), and then follow the instructions.

      If you do not see a Sign up for AWS GovCloud (US) button, your account does not meet the criteria for self-enrollment. To request enrollment, contact your Solution Provider.

    If you are a Solution Provider and wish to resell Authorized Services in the AWS GovCloud Regions::

    1. First, please contact your AWS business representative.

    2. Go to the AWS GovCloud (US) Contact Us page.

    3. Complete the form to start the sign-up process.