Is Coinbase regulated?

Dec 21, 2016
Yes. Coinbase complies with all applicable laws and regulations in each jurisdiction in which it operates.
 

United States  

Coinbase, Inc., the company which operates Coinbase and GDAX in the U.S., is licensed to engage in money transmission in most U.S. jurisdictions. Most of Coinbase’s money transmission licenses cover US Dollar Wallets and transfers. In some states, money transmission licenses also cover digital currency wallets and transfers on the platform. In other states, no money transmission license is required to operate a digital currency business

Coinbase is also registered as a Money Services Business with FinCEN.

Coinbase is required to comply with many financial services and consumer protection laws, including:
  • The Bank Secrecy Act, which requires Coinbase to verify customer identities, maintain records of currency transactions for up to 5 years, and report certain transactions.
  • The USA Patriot Act, which requires Coinbase to designate a compliance officer to ensure compliance with all applicable laws, create procedures and controls to ensure compliance, conduct training, and periodically review the compliance program.
  • Most states’ money transmission laws and corresponding regulations. 


International  

Currently, no license is required to operate a digital currency business in any other country where Coinbase operates.

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