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Create your account

Follow these steps to create your account.

  1. Enter your email address at to begin.

    Choose an email address that you’ll always be able to access. Once your account is created, you can add an additional email address, such as a work email or alternate personal address, to access your account.

  2. Click the “Submit” button.
  3. Check your email for a message from
  4. Click the “Confirm your email address” button in the message. This will take you back to the website.
  5. Create your password.

    Passwords must be at least 12 characters. That’s it! There are no other restrictions. You can even use more than one word with spaces to get to 12 characters. Try using a phrase or a series of words that only you recognize.

    Your password should be different from passwords you use for other accounts such as your bank account or email. Using the same password for many accounts makes identity theft easier.

  6. Set up a second layer of security.

    As an added layer of protection, requires you set up a secondary authentication method to keep your account secure. This is referred to as two-factor authentication (2FA).

    While we only require one secondary authentication method, we encourage you to add two methods to your account. That way you will have a backup if you lose access to your primary authentication method.

    You can choose from several authentication options.

    More secure:

    • Authentication application
    • Security key
    • PIV or CAC card for federal government employees or military

    Less secure:

    • Text message
    • Phone call
    • Backup codes

    Learn more about each authentication option to choose the one that is right for you.

  7. Success! Once you have authenticated, you have created your account.

You will be taken to your account page or the government agency you are trying to access. You can add additional authentication methods, email addresses or update your information on the account page.

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