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No phone or other authentication method

login.gov requires users to set up two forms of two-factor authentication methods when creating an account. However, if you do not have access to a phone, authentication application, security key, or government employee ID (PIV/CAC card), you can set up your account with only backup codes.

Warning: Setting up your account with backup codes as your only authentication method is not recommended. If you ever lose your backup codes, you will not be able to sign in to your account.

When you are creating your account, you will reach the “Secure your account” page. This is where you must choose you primary authentication method. If you do not have access to any of the other options, select “Backup Codes” and click “Continue”.

Download, print, copy, or write down your back up codes and save them in a secure place. Then, click “Continue”. Note: you must click “Continue” to activate your backup codes. If you do not and you exit the page instead, you will not be able to use that set of backup codes to sign in later.

On the “Add another method” page, select “I don’t have any of the above” and click “Continue”

You will then be finished creating your account. Each time you sign in using login.gov, you will be asked to enter one of your backup codes. After you use the 10th code, you will be given a new set of backup codes to save and use.