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How to verify a domain in AWS?

You should know the following things before verifying a domain in AWS: 

  • You must own the domain and have access to the DNS records

  • When you verify your entire domain, you are actually verifying all email addresses from that domain

  • Amazon has multiple AWS Regions, and domain verification applies to individual AWS Regions. Please make sure to perform the entire domain verification procedure properly for your desired region

You can manage your verified domains using the Amazon SES console or the Amazon SES API.

Please follow the following process on how to verify a domain using the AWS Management console:

Step 1 Login to AWS Management Console

Step 2 In the search bar type – SES then Select Amazon Simple Email Service

Step 3 This is the Account Dashboard where you will see the region of your Amazon SES account. Click on Verified identities link from the left side menu

Step 4 Click Create identity

Step 5 Select Domain in Identity type under Identity details

Step 6 Enter the name of your domain that you own

Step 7 Scroll down to Advanced DKIM settings and Click on it

Step 8 Select Easy DKIM under Identity type

Step 9 Then Select RSA_2048_BIT under DKIM signing key length

Step 10 If your DNS records are managed by Amazon Route 53, Keep it checked. Otherwise uncheck it

Step 11 Click the Create identity button

Step 12 Click on the Verified identities link from the left side menu to check the domain status. Once verified, it will show you in Identity status as “Verified” in Summary for your domain name section

Extra Steps if your domain is managed by services like Cloudflare DNS.
After Step No. 11, follow these steps accordingly,

Step 12. Under View DNS Records, Copy all 3 DNS records

Step 13 Go to Cloudflare DNS Management for the domain name and paste CNAME in Name and Value in Target. Be sure to Disable the Proxy status. Click Save and then Add record

Step 14 Then go back to Amazon SES, Click Verified identities to the domain status. Once verified, it will show in Identity status as “Verified” in Summary for your domain name section and DKIM configuration as “Successful


Last update: June 14, 2022