I've searched for answers and couldn't find a suitable one and hence the question here --

I have couple of internal services running on AWS which need to send outbound 'notification' emails. such as -- ticketing system, nagios etc. These are akin to no-reply@ email addresses. Example: [email protected] and [email protected]

I could verify the entire domain but I prefer verifying specific email addresses for paranoia. It also allows us to manage outbound email addresses so that any of the services or admin do not misconfigure a server to send unapproved or accident emails on the internet.

How do I verify email addresses without an inbox on Amazon SES since verification requires a valid email box. -- http://docs.aws.amazon.com/ses/latest/DeveloperGuide/verify-email-addresses.html

I know I could create an inbox, verify and delete the inbox. But looking for any other way that I may have missed or an alternative that AWS SES offers that I don't know.

  • You can do individual or domain-wide verification. If you can come up with a third way of verifying control of an email address I'd be interested in how you imagine it working...
    – ceejayoz
    Aug 2, 2014 at 14:31
  • You do not need SES for something like this.... It's over kill.
    – user101130
    Aug 2, 2014 at 17:11
  • @josten: beats setting up a postfix server and having to update, manage, setup HA, cloudwatch and what not?
    – Chida
    Aug 2, 2014 at 18:24
  • @Chida, not really. You can setup a postfix server with HA in ~30 mins; shorter if you have chef. cloudwatch I havent worked with, so cant speak for that. I use SES now, but for high volume emails (75k a day). Which is why I'm saying its overkill.
    – user101130
    Aug 2, 2014 at 18:57

2 Answers 2


AWS doesn't offer any other way to verify an individual email except for receiving the email and clicking the link.


You can't, I'm afraid. There isn't another verification method that you've missed. You'll have to do as you suggest -- create inboxes and then delete them.

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