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Register your ORCID iD



You can register for an ORCID iD at This article familiarizes you with the registration form. All of the information entered during registration can later be updated by updating your personal information on your ORCID record or under your account settings.

Registration fields

  1. First name (required)Your given or first name. You will be able to add your middle name or other names after you have registered. For more information about names see Names and the ORCID Registry.

  2. Last name: Your family or last name. This field is not required as ORCID is a global service and supports all naming conventions, including those without a last or family name.  

  3. Email (required): Your email address, entered twice for confirmation. You will use your email address to log into the ORCID registry. Once you have registered, you may include additional emails addresses in your account. If you have already registered for an ORCID iD with the email you provided, a red warning message will appear. You are unable to create a second account using the same email address, but you can log in using that email address. If you no longer remember your password go to You will also see this red warning message if you previously closed an account with the email address you provided. In this case, contact support to reopen a closed account. 

  4. Password (required): A password of your choice, you must enter it twice to confirm it. Passwords must be at least 8 characters long and contain both a number and an alpha character or symbol. For more information about what can be included in a password click the question mark icon next to the password box. As you type a password, it will be given a rating. Only passwords rated as "Good" or "Strong" will be accepted by the system.

Visibility and communication preferences

  • Default visibility for new research activites: This determines the default visibility setting assigned to information you add or import to your ORCID record. You can update the default setting for individual items after they are in your record. For more information see ORCID visibility settings.
  • Notifications: If you check this box, you will receive emails when an authorized third party adds or updates information to your record, such as adding publications or affiliations.
  • Updates: If you check this box, you will receive occasional emails from our staff about ORCID news and events. Please note that you will receive service notifications, such as changes to the terms of service, privacy policy and the management of your account even if you opt not to receive news updates.
  • Terms of Use (required): You much check this box indicating that you consent to ORCID's privacy policy and terms and conditions before you can register.

After completing these fields, click the register button at the bottom of the page. In most cases you will be taken to your new ORCID record, but in some instances you will see a different screen or message.

Existing email

Each email address can only have one ORCID iD assigned to it. If an ORCID iD with the email address you are registering with exists you will see an error messaging asking you to sign into your account instead. Even if an ORCID record is deactivated a new record cannot be created using the same email address, instead you will need to contact support to have your previous ORCID record reactivated.

Is this you?

If your name already exists in our system, you will see a screen asking if any of the other individuals with the same name are you. If you previously registered with ORCID you should click on that record to log in, rather than creating a new account. If you have not used ORCID before, then none of the listed individuals are you and you can click the 'None of these are me' button at the bottom of the screen.


An unclaimed profile already exists

If you see this message, an institution has already created an ORCID record for you, and you need to claim it. To resend the message to claim a record created by your institution, enter your email address at

Duplicate records

If you think that you have more than one record in the ORCID registry, contact support. We will verify that both records are yours and then deprecate one record into the other so that the duplicate ORCID iD will serve as a pointer to your primary ORCID account. For more, see What if I have two ORCID iDs?

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