How to verify a domain in Amazon SES?

Verifying domain in Amazon SES is the best choice. This is because it will increase the chances of moving out of AWS Sandbox when you request Amazon SES for sandbox removal. Also, it will let you use all email addresses as sender email addresses under that verified domain so that you don’t need to verify each email address individually.

Here are the following steps on how to verify your domain in Amazon SES.

1. Sign in to your AWS Management console and select Amazon Simple Email Service

Clicking on Amazon Simple Email Service

2. Click on Account Dashboard

Clicking on Account Dashboard

3. Click on Verified Identities

Clicking on Verified identities

4. Click on Create identity

Clicking on Create identity

5. Select Identity type: Domain

Selecting Identity type: Domain

6. Enter the name of your valid domain

Entering the Domain name

7. Scroll down then click on Create identity

Clicking on Create identity

8. Now go back to the Amazon SES page and you will notice that the Identity status is showing Verification pending.

Identity status showing Verification pending

9. You will also notice after scrolling downwards that the DKIM configuration is showing pending status

DKIM configuration showing Pending

10. Scroll down and copy the first CNAME Records (Name and Value) somewhere to use it on your domain control panel (DNS Management) later. Do keep open the browser tab, you will need this later

Copy DNS records Name and its Value from CNAME

11. we are using the CPANEL of our Cloudflare domain. Go to Records and check the DNS management section of your domain.

Please Note: Most domain CPANELS have the same basic configuration like Cloudflare

Clicking on Records in CPANEL for the domain

12. Click Add Record under DNS Management

Clicking Add record

13. Select CNAME from the dropdown list

Selecting Type as CNAME

14. Copy the first CNAME RecordsName from Amazon SES page to your DNS Management section of your domain CPANEL

Copying the first CNAME record from AWS - Name

15. Copy the first CNAME Records – Value from Amazon SES page to your DNS Management section of your domain CPANEL

Copying the first CNAME record from AWS - Value

16. Paste the first CNAME Records – Name and Value in the DNS Management section of your domain’s CPANEL

Pasting the Name and Value (Target) in the CPANEL for the domain

17. Be sure to set the Proxy status to Off (Otherwise you might face DNS Validation Error) and the click Save for saving the configuration

Switching off the Proxy status and then Clicking Save button

18. The first CNAME configuration has been saved successfully

The first CNAME configuration has been saved successfully

19. Now copy the second CNAME records from Amazon SES page

Copying the second CNAME record from Amazon SES page

20. And then Add record, select CNAME and paste the second CNAME Records – Name and Value in the DNS Management section of your domain’s CPANEL exactly like before

Adding record, selecting CNAME and pasting the second CNAME Records - Name and Value in the DNS Management section

21. Do the same thing for third CNAME records from Amazon SES page by copying it

Copying the third CNAME records - Name and Value

22. And paste it in the DNS Management section of your domain’s CPANEL exactly like before with Proxy status set to Off and click Save

Pasting the CNAME - Name and Value in the DNS Management section of your domain’s CPANEL with Proxy status set to Off and clicking Save

23. Now you DNS Configuration is complete with 3 CNAME Records – Name and Value.

Please note: DNS propagation takes time depending on the Domain service provider. You need to allow some time.

DNS configuration is completed with three CNAME records

24. Now go back to Amazon SES page, click on Verified identities and check the Identity status. It will now show that the domain is Verified successfully

Now the Identity status is showing Verified