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What is an eAuthentication account?

An eAuthentication account is a way for you to interact with USDA websites online. It gives you the ability to identify yourself to the USDA via your User ID and password. It permits you to access a wide range of USDA applications across the many USDA agencies and their services. You gain the convenience of transacting business with USDA online at any time and from any computer, with internet access, that is convenient to you.

Your eAuthentication account consists of a User ID, a password and your customer profile which contains information about you that will permit USDA applications to identify if you have the correct permissions to view the website you attempted to access.

Currently, USDA offers Accounts with Level 1 Access and Accounts with Level 2 Access for the general public and USDA customers. (If you are looking for information for a USDA federal employee eAuthentication account, please click here.)

Note: You must have a valid email address to register for all types of eAuthentication accounts. If you do not have an email account already, there are several online email providers, such as Yahoo.com, Gmail.com or Hotmail.com, that have free email services.

What is Level 1 Access?

An account with Level 1 access allows the user to enter USDA Web site portals and applications that have been determined to have minimum security requirements or restrictions.

Note: Level 1 access is limited to certain areas of the USDA agency websites and does not allow you to conduct official electronic business transactions with the USDA via the internet. Please check the website for the application you wish to use. Many indicate whether a Level 1 or Level 2 is required.

Registering for an account with Level 1 access is easy. You will create a brief customer profile, User ID and password for your USDA account. You will then receive a confirmation email from the USDA asking you to respond to the email to confirm your account within seven (7) days. If you do not respond to the email asking you to confirm your account within seven (7) days, you will have to restart the registration process by creating another profile and will need to select a new User ID.

Once you have confirmed your online registration, you will have immediate access to USDA portals and applications that accept accounts with Level 1 access.

A Level 1 Access account is NOT required before you may apply for a Level 2 Access Account. If you already have a Level 1 Account, please log into your profile and select "Apply for Customer Level 2 Authentication".

Create an account with Level 1 Access Here.

What is Level 2 Access?

An account with Level 2 access allows the user to enter USDA Web site portals and applications that have been determined to have the need of higher security requirements or restrictions and the need of a verified identity for each User ID and profile.

Registering for an account with Level 2 access is easy but requires a few more steps than Level 1. You will create a customer profile with your name, personal contact information, a User ID and a password for your USDA account. You will then receive a confirmation email from the USDA asking you to respond to the email to confirm your account within seven (7) days. If you do not respond to the email asking you to confirm your account within seven (7) days, you will have to restart the registration process by creating another profile and will need to select a new User ID.

Hints:

  • Once you create a User ID, it cannot be changed.
  • Your first and last names must be entered in your profile exactly as they appear on the identification you will be taking to the Service Center to prove your identity.
  • Create a password that you will be able to remember.

Once you have registered for your Level 2 eAuthentication account, you will need to complete the identity verification process. This can either be done online, or by presenting your government issued photo ID in person at a USDA Service Center. You will receive additional instructions for verifying your identity after you have registered for your Level 2 eAuthentication account.



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