AWS GovCloud (US-West) User Guide
AWS GovCloud (US-West) User Guide

Signing Up for AWS GovCloud (US-West)

AWS GovCloud (US-West) follows specific U.S. regulatory requirements. You can only obtain AWS GovCloud (US-West) 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, you must also sign an AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region Addendum.

To enable access to the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Region, you must first have a standard AWS account for billing and customer support purposes.


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

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

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

  • Fully close the AWS GovCloud (US-West) account without affecting your other AWS workloads.

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

To sign up for AWS GovCloud (US-West)

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

    You are a direct customer if your organization is paying or will pay your bills directly to AWS, and you are not reselling AWS services to an end user. You can sign up for an AWS GovCloud (US-West) account from your standard AWS account.

    You are a reseller if your organization is reselling AWS services.

    You are a reseller customer if you are paying a third party for AWS services.

  2. If you are a direct customer or a reseller, create a standard AWS account by clicking Sign Up on the AWS home page.

    If you are a reseller customer, contact your reseller to open a standard account and request AWS GovCloud (US-West) access.

  3. If you are a direct customer:

    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-West), and then follow the instructions.

      If you do not see a Sign up for AWS GovCloud (US-West) button, your account does not meet the criteria for self-enrollment. To request enrollment, follow the reseller steps in the next section.

    If you are a reseller:

    1. Go to the AWS GovCloud (US-West) Contact Us page.

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