Why do I need a payment method if my account is covered by the Free Tier?

Last updated: 2019-06-17

My account is covered by the AWS Free Tier. Why do I need to add a payment method to my account?

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A valid payment method is required for accounts covered under the AWS Free Tier for the following reasons:

  • Accounts covered under the AWS Free Tier aren't restricted in what they can launch. As you ramp up with AWS, you might start using more than what's covered under the AWS Free Tier. Because these additional resources might incur additional charges, a payment method is required on the account.
  • Not all services are covered under the AWS Free Tier. For example, you might decide to purchase Reserved Instances, Amazon Route 53 domains, or an AWS Support subscription. These services all require a valid payment method to activate.

If you're worried about accidentally incurring charges while using the AWS Free Tier, see How do I make sure I don't incur charges when using the AWS Free Tier?


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