How to Make a Craigslist Account

Last updated: August 17, 2015 - 4:13pm EDT

Now that you know what Craigslist is and how safe it is, it's time to start using it to buy or sell things in your local community (and perhaps the surrounding areas, too).

While an account isn't actually necessary in order to use Craigslist, it makes the service much more convenient to use.  For example, it allows you to keep track of your listings across all of Craigslist's local sub-sites, and it also allows you to save your searches so that you can easily repeat them and find new things that you're looking for often.  In addition, it allows you to post messages on Craigslist's forums.

To sign up for Craigslist:

  1. Go to in your web browser.  You will be redirected to the local Craigslist site for your city or area.

  2. Click My Account in the top-left corner.

  3. On the next screen, under "Create a Craigslist Account", click in the box marked "Email" and type in your email address.  Then click Create Account.

  4. Craigslist will notify you that it has sent you an email containing a hyperlink that will activate your account.  Go to your email client, log in, and open the email titled " New Craigslist Account [Your email address]".  Click the first blue hyperlink in the email.

  5. You will now be taken to a screen where you can create a password for your account.  Click in the box labelled "Password" and type in a password that you wish to use for your account (note that it has to be at least 8 characters long).  Then click in the box labelled "Re-Type Password" and type in a copy of the password that you just entered.  Then, click Submit Password and Log In.

  6. If you successfully create a password for your account, Craigslist will notify you that you have done so.  Now, click Continue to Your Account.

  7. Craigslist will display their terms of use for you to read.  If you'd like a hand with reading them, our Privacy Policies article may have some tips on important things to look for.  When you're done, click I Accept if you want to continue with using Craigslist.

You'll be taken to your main account screen.  Congratulations!  Your Craigslist account is all set up!


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