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User information

All required fields are highlighted in red and are noted by an asterisk ( * ).

For Level 2 Registration Only

Any public customer who would like to conduct business with the USDA can establish an eAuthentication account on this Web site. However, an account with Level 2 access is required to conduct official electronic business transactions with the USDA via the Internet. For Level 2 accounts, please ensure that your First Name, Last Name, and Date of Birth matches the information listed on your current government issued picture ID. This will be used for identity proofing by a Local Registration Authority (LRA). For a list of valid forms of government issued identification, please review the What is Level 2 Access? section the eAuthentication web site.

Contact information

All required fields are highlighted in red and are noted by an asterisk ( * ). A valid email address is required for account activation. If you do not provide a valid email address, you may need to create a new eAuthentication account.

Login information

Your eAuthentication User ID is defaulted to your valid email address unless it is over 20 characters. You may use a custom User ID if you do not want to use your email address or your email address is over 20 characters.

User ID must follow these guidelines:

  • 6-20 alphanumeric or special characters
  • Only -_.@ allowed for special characters
  • No spaces
  • Cannot end with a period

To help protect your eAuthentication account we have created the following rules that enforce password security.

Passwords must follow these guidelines:

A minimum of 12 and a maximum of 24 alphanumeric and special characters including at least one of each of the following:

  • uppercase letter
  • lowercase letter
  • a number
  • one or more of the following special characters
    • ! # $ % = + : ; , ? ~ * - (spaces are not allowed)
  • Dictionary words may not be used in passwords
  • The previous 24 passwords may not be re-used
  • At least half of the characters in the new password must be changed from previous password
  • Previous passwords may not be re-used within 365 days

The key to making your eAuthentication account as secure as possible is creating the strongest possible password while making it easy to remember. The following are guidelines that will help you do this:

Password Tips:

  • Make your password lengthy. Your password must be a minimum of 12 characters; however the longer you make the password, the harder it will be for someone to guess. Therefore, try to make your password up to 24 characters long.
  • Avoid repeated characters or common character sequences. Do not use more than one or two letters or numbers together (for example: “11111111” or “aaaaaaa”.) Also avoid common sequences such as “qwertyuiop” , “123456789”, or “abcdefghij”. These sequences are too easily guessed.
  • Avoid use of dictionary words of any language. Many hackers use dictionary words of many mainstream languages, including slang, to guess passwords. If you use these in your password, it makes it easier to guess by a hacker.
  • Make your password difficult to guess or research. One technique is to pick a favorite quote, song lyric, or phrase and use the first character from each word or syllable to build a password. This will help you select a nonsense word that can’t be compared to any known dictionary word and should be un-related to any identity details known or researchable about you.
  • Avoid obvious character substitutions. Replacing the letter “i” with 1 or the letter “o” with 0 does little to prevent a password guessing attack.
  • Do not use the same password in all systems. If one of the online systems or computers you use is compromised, then the attacker could potentially have access to all of your systems. Make sure you use a distinctly different password for all of your systems.

Security Questions

USDA eAuthentication is trying to make it easier for all users to regain access to their accounts. The Security Questions and Answers are a way to make your information more personal (memorable) and more difficult to research.

For example, if you forget your password in the future, you will be able to use these questions and answers to reset your password using our self-service option. This may be the ONLY method available to validate your identity if your USDA accounts become inaccessible.

  • Tip: Please keep in mind that the answers you provide are not case sensitive, but they are space sensitive. For example, “my childhood hero” is not the same as “mychildhoodhero” because of the spaces used. Please do not use more than one space between words.

Public Burden Statement

According to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, an agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a person is not required to respond to, a collection of information unless it displays a valid OMB control number. The valid OMB control number for this information collection is 0503-0014. The time required to complete this information collection is estimated to average 8 minutes per response for an eAuthentication Level 1 Access account and 1.17 hours per response for an eAuthentication Level 2 Access account, including the time for reviewing instructions, searching existing data sources, gathering and maintaining the data needed, and completing and reviewing the collection of information.

Version: Environment: PRO Deployed: 1/26/2017 11:44:28 AM