Getting Started with AWS services in China
AWS services or capabilities described in AWS documentation might vary by Region. To see the differences applicable to the China Regions, see Getting Started with AWS services in China.

Signup, Accounts, and Credentials

To use AWS services in China services, you need an account and credentials specific to AWS services in China, the suite of Amazon Web Services available in the Beijing and Ningxia (China) Regions. Accounts created for other AWS Regions won't work for AWS services in China. Similarly, AWS services in China accounts won't work in AWS Regions outside the Beijing and Ningxia Regions. To use services in another Region, AWS services in China customers need to sign up for an account in that Region.

To comply with Chinese law and regulations, AWS services in China customers who want to make content publicly available via AWS services in China services are required to first file for Internet Content Provider (ICP) recordal with the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Until ICP recordal is complete, AWS services in China customers are granted an Internal Access Account, which provides limited access to AWS services in China features. AWS services in China customers who don't intend to publish content publicly aren't required to complete ICP recordal. These customers can get started right away by signing up for an Internal Access Account and using AWS services in China services for personal projects or for projects internal to their organization. To use all of the AWS services in China features, customers need a Full Access Account. The two account types are described in more detail below.


The AWS Management Console walks you through the process of signing up for AWS services in China. The steps below provide a high-level overview of signup.

To sign up for AWS services in China:

  1. Go to and register with AWS services in China.

  2. Receive an Internal Access Account.

  3. (Optional) Complete the ICP recordal process. This step is necessary for publishing content for public consumption. When you've completed ICP recordal, you'll receive a Full Access Account.

  4. Receive your AWS services in China account credentials. The credentials consist of an account ID, access key ID, and secret access key. Note that you can't use your AWS services in China credentials to access any other AWS Region.

IAM Credentials

To use the AWS services in China console, you must have credentials provided by AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM). All users have to create IAM credentials during the sign-up process. When you first sign up for AWS services in China, you create an IAM user administrator. Then you can sign in to the AWS services in China console with your account ID.

The administrator has full access to manage AWS services in China resources. For example, as the administrator, you can create additional IAM users by using the AWS services in China console. You can then manage users and their permissions by assigning them to groups. For more information about users, groups, and policies, see Working with Users and Groups. To learn more about IAM and about credentials in AWS services in China, see AWS Identity and Access Management.

If you forget your IAM user password, you can reset the password from the AWS Management Console. AWS will send a password reset link to the email address that is associated this AWS account. If you don't have access to that email, contact your administrator.

To reset your IAM user password:

  • Use your AWS account ID or alias to begin signing in to the AWS Management Console at

  • Choose Forgot password?.

  • If necessary, enter your account ID and user name. Then provide the CAPTCHA text and choose Send email.

  • Check the email that is associated with your AWS account for a message from Amazon Web Services. The email will come from an address ending in If you don't see the email in your account, check your spam folder. If you no longer have access to the email, contact your account administrator. If you are the administrator, contact AWS Support Center.

  • Follow the directions in the email to reset your password. If your administrator has enabled an account password policy, you must meet those complexity requirements. If you receive an error, contact your administrator to learn about your specific requirements. For more information, see Setting an Account Password Policy for IAM Users in the IAM User Guide.

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