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Reactivating your deactivated ORCID account

Welcome to ORCID > Deactivating an ORCID account > How can I reactivate a deactivated account?

Once you have deactivated your account, you will not be able to register for a new account using any of the email addresses associated with it. You can reactivate your account any time by entering an email address associated with your account into the email field of the registration/sign in screen to start the process. 

account reactivation at sign-in screen - click the link to start the reactivation process

Once you click the link, a message will display confirming that an account reactivation message has been sent to your registered email address. 

account reactivation confirmation

The account reactivation message will be sent from You must click the link in the email to confirm your account deactivation. If you do not receive the email, please contact us for assistance.

example automatic account reactivation message

Click the link in the account reactivation message to reactivate your account. As all identifying information on your account and account preferences have been deleted, you must fill in the reactivation form with your name, password, and preferred default visibility setting, and confirm your consent to the ORCID privacy policy and terms and conditions of use. Click the reactivate button to complete the process.

You will be redirected to your now reactivated ORCID record. You will need to add any data previously on your record, as it will have all been deleted during the deactivation process.

If you have previously requested that we remove your email address(es) completely from the Registry, then you will not be able to reactivate the deactivated account.

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