AWS Organizations
User Guide

Creating an Organization

Use AWS Organizations to create your own organization to consolidate and manage your AWS accounts.

You can create an organization that starts with your AWS account as the master account. When you create an organization, you can choose whether the organization supports all features (recommended) or only consolidated billing features.

After creating an organization, you can add accounts to your organization in these ways from the master account:

  • Create other AWS accounts that are automatically added to your organization as member accounts

  • After verifying your email address, invite existing AWS accounts to join your organization as member accounts

Minimum permissions

To create an organization with your current AWS account, you must have the following permissions:

  • organizations:CreateOrganization

To create an organization (console)

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS 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 account that you want to be the organization's master account.

  2. On the introduction page, choose Create organization.

  3. Specify that you want to create the organization with all features enabled.

    You can also create the organization with only consolidated billing features enabled.

  4. In the Create organization confirmation dialog box, choose Create organization.

    The organization is created. You're now on the Accounts tab. The star next to the account email indicates that it's the master account.

    A verification email is automatically sent to the address that is associated with your master account. There might be a delay before you receive the verification email.

  5. Verify your email address within 24 hours. For more information, see Email Address Verification.

  6. Add accounts to your organization as follows:

    Note

    You can add new accounts to your organization without verifying your master account's email address. To invite existing accounts, you must first verify that email address.

To create an organization (AWS CLI, AWS API)

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

Email Address Verification

After you create an organization and before you can invite accounts to join, you must verify that you own the email address provided for the master account in the organization.

When you create an organization, AWS automatically sends a verification email to the specified email address. There might be a delay before you receive the verification email.

Within 24 hours, follow the instructions in the email to verify your email address.

If you don't verify your email address within 24 hours, you can resend the verification request so that you can invite other AWS accounts to your organization. If you don't receive the verification email, check that your email address is correct and, if necessary, modify it.

To resend the verification request

  1. Sign in to the AWS Management Console and open the AWS 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 account that you want to be the organization's master account.

  2. Choose the Settings tab and then choose Send verification request.

  3. Verify your email address within 24 hours.

    After verifying your email address, you can invite other AWS accounts to your organization. For more information, see Inviting an AWS Account to Join Your Organization.

If you change the email address of the master account, the account's status reverts to "email unverified," and you must complete the verification process for your new email address.