CreatePermission - AWS Private Certificate Authority


Grants one or more permissions on a private CA to the AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) service principal ( These permissions allow ACM to issue and renew ACM certificates that reside in the same AWS account as the CA.

You can list current permissions with the ListPermissions action and revoke them with the DeletePermission action.

About Permissions
  • If the private CA and the certificates it issues reside in the same account, you can use CreatePermission to grant permissions for ACM to carry out automatic certificate renewals.

  • For automatic certificate renewal to succeed, the ACM service principal needs permissions to create, retrieve, and list certificates.

  • If the private CA and the ACM certificates reside in different accounts, then permissions cannot be used to enable automatic renewals. Instead, the ACM certificate owner must set up a resource-based policy to enable cross-account issuance and renewals. For more information, see Using a Resource Based Policy with AWS Private CA.

Request Syntax

{ "Actions": [ "string" ], "CertificateAuthorityArn": "string", "Principal": "string", "SourceAccount": "string" }

Request Parameters

For information about the parameters that are common to all actions, see Common Parameters.

The request accepts the following data in JSON format.


The actions that the specified AWS service principal can use. These include IssueCertificate, GetCertificate, and ListPermissions.

Type: Array of strings

Array Members: Minimum number of 1 item. Maximum number of 3 items.

Valid Values: IssueCertificate | GetCertificate | ListPermissions

Required: Yes


The Amazon Resource Name (ARN) of the CA that grants the permissions. You can find the ARN by calling the ListCertificateAuthorities action. This must have the following form:

arn:aws:acm-pca:region:account:certificate-authority/12345678-1234-1234-1234-123456789012 .

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 5. Maximum length of 200.

Pattern: arn:[\w+=/,.@-]+:acm-pca:[\w+=/,.@-]*:[0-9]*:[\w+=,.@-]+(/[\w+=,.@-]+)*

Required: Yes


The AWS service or identity that receives the permission. At this time, the only valid principal is

Type: String

Length Constraints: Minimum length of 0. Maximum length of 128.

Pattern: [^*]+

Required: Yes


The ID of the calling account.

Type: String

Length Constraints: Fixed length of 12.

Pattern: [0-9]+

Required: No

Response Elements

If the action is successful, the service sends back an HTTP 200 response with an empty HTTP body.


For information about the errors that are common to all actions, see Common Errors.


The requested Amazon Resource Name (ARN) does not refer to an existing resource.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The state of the private CA does not allow this action to occur.

HTTP Status Code: 400


An AWS Private CA quota has been exceeded. See the exception message returned to determine the quota that was exceeded.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The designated permission has already been given to the user.

HTTP Status Code: 400


The request has failed for an unspecified reason.

HTTP Status Code: 400


A resource such as a private CA, S3 bucket, certificate, audit report, or policy cannot be found.

HTTP Status Code: 400



This example illustrates one usage of CreatePermission.

Sample Request

POST / HTTP/1.1 Host: X-Amz-Target: CertificateManager.CreatePermission X-Amz-Date: 20190207T170903Z User-Agent: aws-cli/1.10.20 Python/2.7.3 Linux/3.13.0-83-generic botocore/1.4.11 Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Authorization: AUTHPARAMS, SignedHeaders=content-type;host;user-agent;x-amz-date;x-amz-target, Signature=379429306c5e89b9b4be5b35e29c26cc1da38215d8055a5ed0bdda57bcc881cc { "Actions": { "IssueCertificate", "GetCertificate", "ListPermissions" }, "CertificateArn":"arn:aws:acm:us-east-1:111122223333:certificate-authority/01234567-89ab-cdef-0123-0123456789ab", "Principal":"", "SourceAccount":"012345678901" }


This example illustrates one usage of CreatePermission.

Sample Response

HTTP/1.1 200 OK x-amzn-RequestId: 3c8d676d-025e-11e6-8823-93164b47113c Content-Type: application/x-amz-json-1.1 Content-Length: 0 Date: Thu, Feb 7 2019 17:09:05 GMT

See Also

For more information about using this API in one of the language-specific AWS SDKs, see the following: