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Welcome to the request an account page
This page is for requesting a Wikipedia account be created for you in the event that you are unable to create one yourself using the account creation page.

Being unable to create an account for yourself is typically due to:

  • Having trouble or being unable to see or complete the required CAPTCHA image verification step.
  • Choosing a username that is too similar to an existing username (in these cases, an account creator can approve the creation of similar usernames if certain criteria are met).
  • Using a shared IP address or network connection (such as a public, school, or enterprise network) that has been blocked from editing Wikipedia, restricting you from creating an account yourself.
  • Matching certain blacklisted criteria.

To prevent the automated creation of Wikipedia accounts using bots or scripts, Wikipedia uses an image verification method (called a CAPTCHA) to assure that new accounts are being created by a real person. To further combat account creation abuse, Wikipedia also prevents the creation of new accounts with usernames that are too similar to other existing Wikipedia accounts.

If you have attempted to create an account but are having trouble with the CAPTCHA image verification step (perhaps because you are using a screen reader or a browser that does not support images), or if you have chosen a username that is too similar to an existing username, you can request an account be created for you.

Your username must represent you as an individual person

Usernames are not allowed on Wikipedia if they:

  • only contain the names of companies, organizations, websites, musical groups or bands, teams, clubs, creative groups, or organized events
  • only describe a particular role, title, position, department, or a group or team of people within a parent organization or group that can be represented or held by multiple people or by different people
  • are promotional in nature, or appear intended to advertise, promote, sell, gain support, or increase the attention or user-base audience of any person, company, market, product, channel, website, or other good or service
  • imply that your user account will be shared between more than one person
Your username must be truthful, appropriate, and not foster a negative editing environment

Usernames are not allowed on Wikipedia and will be immediately blocked upon discovery if they:

  • are offensive, profane, violent, threatening, sexually explicit, or disruptive, or that advocate or encourage any such behavior (including criminal or illegal acts)
  • contain statements that are libelous, contentious, or disparaging, or that disclose any private or non-public information about somebody else (either another editor, or a notable living person)
  • are deliberately deceptive, confusing, misleading, unnecessarily long, similar to the username of other accounts, or attempt to impersonate or falsely represent somebody else (another editor, a notable living person, an "official" Wikimedia Foundation account, etc.) in bad faith
  • imply that the account has explicit ownership of any articles, content, or topic areas, or any kind of "power" or "authority" over other editors, a different application of Wikipedia's policies and guidelines (such as implying that certain policies do not apply to them), or that the account has any administrative or "moderator" access levels or user rights
  • imply the intent to troll, vandalize, disrupt, advertise, or spam Wikipedia
  • imply the intent to personally attack, harass, or threaten other Wikipedia users
  • imply that you are not here to build an encyclopedia or will use Wikipedia for purposes that it was not created for


To request an account using the 'Request an Account' process, please read and follow all of the instructions below:

Before you begin

  • Review and understand Wikipedia's Username Policy, as any account request for a username that is in violation of this policy will not be approved.
  • Remember that you should generally only use one Wikipedia account.[1] You are required to disclose all of your alternative and previously used accounts in your request using the 'Comments' field. Any account requests that show evidence or the indication that you have ownership of an undisclosed account will not be approved. Any requests made with the intention of using the account as an illegitimate alternative (such as to hide edits or conduct, evade or circumvent blocks or sanctions, or cause disruption) will not be approved. Additionally, your attempt(s) may be reported, and may result in additional sanctions.
  • Understand that this is not the place to request assistance with the deletion or recovery of any existing accounts. If you have forgotten your password, and you did not register your account with an e-mail address, then it cannot be recovered. Your only option is to create a new account and request a usurpation of your old username.
  • Register an email address if you do not have one. You must verify your email address in order to complete your account creation request and submit it for review. Your account must also have your email address in order for it to be recovered in the event that you lose the ability to access it.

When you are ready to begin

  1. Click the "Request an account" link below, and a wizard will assist you. If you're directed to complete a form in order to request an account, fill out all fields.
  2. Check your e-mail inbox for updates and further instructions regarding your account request.
    • If your request is approved and your account has been created successfully, you will receive an automated e-mail from wiki@wikimedia.org with your username and a randomly generated password to your new account. You can use these credentials to log in, where you will then be prompted to create a new password.
    • If there are problems with your request, you will receive an email with an explanation and the reason your account request could not be approved. You are welcome to submit a new account request using a different username.

Didn't receive your account update email?

We hope to process an account request the same day of its submission. However, it is not uncommon for requests to take 2-3 days depending on the work load and volume of requests currently pending review. In rare cases (such as server downtime or the sudden submission of an extremely high amount of legitimate account requests), requests may take longer. Please be patient; your request will be processed as soon as possible.

Before submitting a new request or inquiring about the progress of your current request:

  • Check your email's "spam" folder. Most often, the email was mistakenly flagged as spam.
  • Verify that the account update email wasn't accidentally moved or otherwise triggered by any email filters or rules that you have set up for your inbox. Check all of your directories and sub-directories, and search for wiki@wikimedia.org to see if it arrived.
  • Did you request an account using an email address from Gmail? Your ACC request update may have been automatically filtered into one of the five default Category tabs that are enabled by default (usually the "Social" or "Promotions" category). Check each category and verify that the email wasn't automatically routed from your inbox and into one of them.
  • Try recovering the account that you requested. If your request was approved and you just didn't receive the email containing your temporary password, you can have a new password generated and emailed to you by filling out Wikipedia's password reset form.

Are you ready to begin?

Further information

  • If you need any further information, please ask at the talk page.
  • To become an interface user who acts on requests, please see the guide.


  1. ^ Minus the exceptions that allow for the legitimate creation and use of alternative accounts. See Wikipedia's sock puppetry policy for more information.