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Automated Sign-Up Now Available for AWS GovCloud (US)

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of a new automated sign-up capability for AWS GovCloud (US).  The new self-service capability greatly reduces the time it takes for qualified customers to gain access to AWS GovCloud (US).  Note that automated sign-up is only available for direct AWS customers in the United States.

What is GovCloud?

Designed to meet the US Government’s regulatory and compliance requirements for sensitive workloads, AWS GovCloud (US) is an isolated AWS region with two fault tolerant and geographically separated Availability Zones.  AWS GovCloud (US) enables qualified customers to deploy sensitive workloads to the cloud in compliance with US International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR), the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP), and other US government regulations.  AWS GovCloud (US) is available to US government agencies, government contractors, private and public commercial entities, educational institutions, non-profits, and research organizations that meet access requirements.

Since AWS GovCloud (US) is isolated from other AWS regions, it requires an account owner to have a separate account ID and user credentials for access. Accounts can only be obtained by individuals or entities that qualify as US Persons.

What is GovCloud Automated Sign-Up?

GovCloud Automated (Auto) Sign-Up gives AWS customers the ability to request access to GovCloud directly from their standard AWS account in a self-service manner. Customers are no longer required to submit information to AWS account teams to request access to GovCloud. Customers can log into their AWS account using root credentials, navigate to the “My Account” page (Billing Management Console), and select “Sign Up for AWS GovCloud (US)” to initiate their request for access to GovCloud. From there, customers can attest that they meet US Person/US entity eligibility requirements, read and sign the GovCloud Amendment, and submit their GovCloud access request. If approved, the customer will receive a confirmation email with follow-up directions to complete the access request, set an Administrator IAM user and password, and log in to the GovCloud Management Console.

We are always working to meet the needs of our customers and allow them to focus on their missions. Click here to get started with AWS GovCloud (US).