To create a farmers.gov account, you will need:
- A USDA individual customer record. A customer record contains information you have given to USDA to do business with them, like your name, address, phone number, and any legal representative authority relationships.
- A Login.gov account. Login.gov is a sign in service that gives people secure online access to participating government programs.
- Identity verification. You can choose to verify your identity online or in-person at a USDA Service Center.
The steps below will walk you through how to create a farmers.gov account. You should read all of the steps before you start.
1. Check your USDA customer record
Contact your local USDA Service Center to make sure:
- You have an individual customer record on file.
- Your information is up-to-date.
- Your record is connected to any business entity records you may have.
If you do not have an individual customer record, fill out the Customer Data Worksheet and submit it to your local service center.
You will not be able to create a farmers.gov account if you do not have an individual customer record.
2. Create a Login.gov account
Follow the steps below to create a Login.gov account. If you already have a Login.gov account, follow Steps 1 and 2. When you reach Step 3, sign into your Login.gov account instead of creating an account.
Step 1: Go to the farmers.gov login page and click the Customer option.
Step 2: On the Customer Login page, click the Login.gov option.
Step 3: On the Login.gov page, click “Create an account” and follow the instructions to set up your account. If you already have a Login.gov account, sign into your existing account instead of clicking on "Create an account."
3. Verify your identity
To keep your personal information protected and secure, farmers.gov requires that you verify your identity.
You have three options for verifying your identity:
- Option 1 (Recommended): Verify your identity online using Login.gov’s online verification option.
- Option 2: Schedule a visit to your local USDA Service Center for in-person identity verification with a Local Registration Authority (LRA) employee. LRAs are located at most Service Center offices, but please call ahead to ensure that one is available to assist you.
- Option 3: Use Login.gov to find a U.S. Post Office near you that participates in their in-person verification program and follow the steps to verify your identity at that Post Office.
4. Confirm your USDA customer record is linked
If you verified your identity online, there will be an automatic attempt to link your USDA individual customer record to your Login.gov account. If you verified your identity in-person, ask your local USDA Service Center staff to link your accounts.
- If the attempt to link is successful, you will receive an email confirming the linkage.
- If it is not successful, you do not receive an email, or you get an error message when you try to sign in telling you that your record (which may be called a BP or Business Partner record) is not linked, contact your local USDA Service Center for help linking your record with your account.
Once your record is linked, you're ready to sign into your Login.gov account and start using farmers.gov.
You will not be able to log into farmers.gov until your account and record are linked.
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