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Creating an AWS Account in Your Organization

An organization is a collection of AWS accounts that you centrally manage. You can perform the following procedures to manage the accounts that are part of your organization:

Important

When you create a member account in your organization, AWS Organizations automatically creates an IAM role in the member account that enables IAM users in the master account to exercise full administrative control over the member account. Note that this role is subject to any service control policies (SCPs) that apply to the member account.

AWS Organizations also automatically creates a service-linked role named AWSServiceRoleForOrganizations that enables integration with select AWS services. You must configure the other services to allow the integration. For more information, see AWS Organizations and Service-Linked Roles.

Creating an AWS Account That Is Part of Your Organization

When signed in to the organization's master account, you can create member accounts that are automatically part of your organization. To do this, complete the following steps.

Minimum permissions

To create a member account in your organization, you must have the following permissions:

  • organizations:DescribeOrganization (console only)

  • organizations:CreateAccount

Important

When you create an account using the following procedure, AWS doesn't automatically collect all the information required for an account to operate as a standalone account. If you ever need to remove the account from the organization and make it a standalone account, you must provide that information for the account before you can remove it. For more information, see Leaving an Organization as a Member Account.

To create an AWS account that automatically is part of your organization (console)

  1. Sign in to the Organizations console at https://console.aws.amazon.com/organizations/. You must sign in as an IAM user, assume an IAM role, or sign in as the root user (not recommended) in the organization's master account.

  2. On the Accounts tab, choose Add account.

  3. Choose Create account.

  4. Type the name that you want to assign to the account. This name helps you distinguish the account from all other accounts in the organization and is separate from the IAM alias or the email name of the owner.

  5. Type the email address for the owner of the new account. This address must be unique to this account because it can be used to sign in as the root user of the account.

  6. (Optional) Specify the name to assign to the IAM role that is automatically created in the new account. This role grants the organization's master account permission to access the newly created member account. If you don't specify a name, AWS Organizations gives the role a default name of OrganizationAccountAccessRole.

    Important

    Remember this role name. You need it later to grant access to the new account for IAM users in the master account.

  7. Choose Create.

    Important

    • If you get an error that indicates that you exceeded your account limits for the organization, contact AWS Customer Support.

    • If you get an error that indicates that you can't add an account because your organization is still initializing, wait one hour and try again. If the error persists, contact AWS Customer Support.

  8. You are redirected to the Accounts/All accounts tab, showing your new account at the top of the list with its status set to Pending creation. This status changes to Active when the account is created.

    Note

    By default, the Accounts tab hides account creation requests that failed. To show them, choose the switch at the top of the list and change it to Show.

  9. Now that the account exists and has an IAM role that grants administrator access to users in the master account, you can access the account by following the steps in Accessing and Administering the Member Accounts in Your Organization.

    When you create an account, AWS Organizations initially assigns a password to the root user that is a minimum of 64 characters long. All characters are randomly generated with no guarantees on the appearance of certain character sets. You can't retrieve this initial password. To access the account as the root user for the first time, you must go through the process for password recovery. For more information, see Accessing a Member Account as the Root User.

To create an AWS account that automatically is part of your organization (AWS CLI, AWS API)

You can use one of the following commands to create an account: