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Wikipedia:Request an account

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In most cases, users can create accounts without assistance. However, where problems arise (such as with the CAPTCHA image or the desired username), users may request an account be created for them.[1] To do this, please follow the instructions below, making sure that your requested username respects the username policy. Note that in general you should only use one Wikipedia account. If you already have an account, you can retrieve a forgotten password or change your username.

English Wikipedia Username Policy

The following types of usernames are prohibited:

  • Promotional usernames:
    • Are the name of a company, organization, group, website, or product (including non-profit organizations)
    • Contain domain names or email addresses
  • Misleading usernames:
    • Are close to names of celebrities, major world figures, or known Wikipedians
    • Contain words like "bot" or "script" which refer to automated editing processes
    • Contain titles like "admin" or "sysop", which imply authority on Wikipedia
  • Offensive usernames
  • Disruptive usernames


  1. Fill out both fields on the page linked below.
    • Note: Please understand that we cannot delete or recover 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 usurp of your old username.
  2. Check your e-mail inbox in case you are notified about any updates or problems related to your request. In some cases, requests are fulfilled in several minutes, but it may take longer depending on certain factors, so please be patient. Be sure to check your "spam" folder if you have not received an e-mail within several hours, although the process may take longer on rare occasions.
    • Once your account has been created successfully, you will receive an automated e-mail from stating your login credentials. You can use these to log in, where you will then be prompted to create a new password.

Further information

  • If you need any further information, please ask at the talk page.
  • For interface users who act on requests, please see the guide.


  1. ^ Because of users automatically creating accounts for vandalism, Wikipedia has been forced to prevent usernames being created that are too similar to existing usernames and to add an image (called a CAPTCHA) to the login process to confirm that users are not using an automated process. If you have attempted to create an account, but have chosen a username that is too similar to an existing username, or have been unable to read the CAPTCHA because you are using a screen reader, or a browser that does not support images, you're in the right place.