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

Last updated: 2020-04-30

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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You need to add a valid credit card, debit card, or another payment method for your 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 charges, a payment method is required on the account.
  • The AWS Free Tier doesn't cover all AWS services. For example, you might decide to purchase Reserved Instances, Amazon Route 53 domains, or an AWS Support subscription. These services require a valid payment method for activation.

For more information, see How do I make sure I don't incur charges when using the AWS Free Tier?


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