Signing up for AWS - Amazon Simple Email Service Classic

This is the user guide for Amazon SES Classic. Updates and new features are only being documented in the new Amazon SES Developer Guide which we recommend to use.

Signing up for AWS

You have to create an AWS account before you can use Amazon SES or other AWS services.

To create an AWS account

  1. In a web browser, go to

  2. Choose Create an AWS Account.

  3. Follow the on-screen instructions.

Next steps

After you create your AWS account, you can start setting up Amazon SES.

  • To start sending email with Amazon SES, you first have to verify an identity. An identity is an email address or domain that your email is sent from.

  • To interact with Amazon SES, you need to obtain the IAM credentials for your account.

  • When you first start using Amazon SES, your account is in the Amazon SES sandbox. In the sandbox, you have full access to the Amazon SES API and SMTP interface. However, the following restrictions are in effect:

    For information about moving out of the sandbox, see Moving out of the Amazon SES sandbox.