My account is new, and is covered by the Free Tier—why do I need to add a payment method to my account?

A valid payment method is required for accounts covered under the Free Tier for a few reasons:

  • A valid payment method is required to activate AWS services. This applies to all AWS accounts, regardless of Free Tier status.
  • Accounts covered under the Free Tier are not restricted in what they can launch. As you ramp up with AWS, you might decide you need more than what's covered under the Free Tier.
  • Not all services are covered under the Free Tier. For example, you might decide to purchase Reserved Instances, Route 53 domains, or an AWS Support subscription to help support your development efforts. All of these require a valid payment method to activate.

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Published: 2016-02-18

Updated 2017-03-22