To create a login.gov account, you will need: a valid email address, and
a working phone number. We will also ask you to create a password.
Enter your email and confirm it
Select “create an account” and enter your email address where indicated.
Then check your email account for a message from us. Within the email is
a link. Clicking the link will send you back to login.gov with your
Enter your password
Next, you will create a strong password. Use the password strength meter
on the screen as a guide. Passwords must be at least 8 characters, but
otherwise there are no restrictions. You can even enter spaces in
between words to get to 8 characters.
Enter your phone number and confirm it
Next, you will enter a phone number at which you can get calls or SMS
messages. If you have a landline, please ask for a security code by a
phone call. We will send a unique security code to that phone number
each time you sign into your account. This is called two-factor
authentication. The second step keeps your account more secure than
using only a password.
Each security code expires after 5 minutes and can only be used once. If
you don’t enter the security code within 5 minutes, just request a new
code. Each code is only good once, so no one can steal one you’ve
Type the security code into the field. That’s it! You have just taken an
important step to keep yourself and your government safe. Every time you
sign back into your login.gov account, you will receive a new security
code that you need to enter. You’ll get the option each time you sign in
to get a security code by a phone call or by SMS.
Save your personal key
After you’ve created your account, you will get a personal key, which is
a set of 16 random characters. Make a note of them and store
the note separately from your phone. If you forget your password or
don’t have your phone, you can enter the personal key to access your
services or applications.
login.gov uses two-factor authentication to keep accounts secure. As its
name implies, two-factor authentication (sometimes called 2FA), requires two different methods to sign into an
account. Usually this means entering a memorized password and a unique
code sent to a device (such as a phone) that you own. Requiring two
methods makes breaking into your account much harder.
login.gov uses your email address and phone number to send important
security messages about account activity. We won’t use them for any
other purposes, and we won’t share them with anyone without your express
If you didn’t receive a confirmation email, check your spam filter.
Alternatively, you may have accidentally mistyped your email address. If
so, you can always make another account with your correct email address.
- If you mistyped your address, you can create a new
- If you are certain you entered the correct address, choose “Send
again” to get a new confirmation email.
Government agencies decide for themselves how they want to interact with
the public. You were sent to login.gov because the service or program
you want to use has chosen to take advantage of the efficiency and
security of login.gov as a shared technology platform. Once you have
finished at login.gov, you will be directed back to the agency.
We hope login.gov is a convenient and secure option for you. However, if
you prefer not to use login.gov, you can always access government
services. You’ll find more information at your agency.
Confirming access to an email address is the first step in making a
login.gov account. If you received a notice that there is already a
login.gov account associated with your email address but you don’t
remember creating it, use your email address to sign in and go through
the password reset process.
Please notify login.gov if you are sure you did not create an account,
and feel like someone else is using your email address.