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Get started

To invest, trade, and store supported cryptocurrencies on Coinbase, as well as do much more, get started here. 

What you'll need

  • Be at least 18 years old (we’ll ask for proof)

  • government-issued photo ID (we don’t accept passport cards)

  • A computer or smartphone connected to the internet

  • A phone number connected to your smartphone (we'll send SMS text messages)

  • The latest version of your browser (we recommend Chrome), or the latest Coinbase App version. If you’re using the Coinbase app, make sure your phone’s operating system is up-to-date.

Coinbase doesn’t charge a fee to create or maintain your Coinbase account. Learn about pricing and fees.

1. Create your account

Go to from a browser on your computer, or download and open the consumer-app-icon Coinbase app on Android or iOS to get started.

Note: We don’t recommend accessing Coinbase through a browser on your mobile device. 

  1. Select Get started or, to use your Google account to sign-in, select the Google option under continue with and follow the prompts.

  2. Provide the following information if requested. Important: Enter accurate, up-to-date information to avoid any issues.

    • Legal full name (we’ll ask for proof)

    • Email address (use one that you have access to)

    • Password (memorize your password)

  3. Read the User Agreement and Privacy Policy.

  4. Coinbase may send you a verification email to your registered email address, if applicable.

2. Verify your email

  1. Select Verify Email Address in the email you received from This email will be from  

  2. Enter the code on the email verification screen.

3. Verify your phone number

You'll need the smartphone and phone number associated with your Coinbase account in order to successfully complete 2-step verification.

  1. Sign in to Coinbase. You’ll be prompted to add a phone number.

  2. Select your country.

  3. Enter the mobile number.

  4. Click Send Code (computer) or tap Continue (mobile).

  5. Enter the seven-digit code Coinbase texted to your phone number on file.

  6. Click Submit or tap Continue.

If you did not receive the code, select Resend-SMS.

4. Add your personal information

  1. Enter the information shown on your valid government-issued photo ID—you’ll need to submit a photo of this ID later.

    • First Name

    • Last Name

    • Date of Birth

    • Address

  2. You’ll also need to answer the following questions:

    • What do you use Coinbase for?

    • What is your source of funds?

    • Current Occupation

    • Employer

    • Last 4 digits of SSN

  3. Select Continue to finish the process.

This completes the application process. Please wait until you receive further instructions via email. You can learn more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy.

Before you move on:

To buy and sell supported crypto, and send and receive through, you’ll need to next verify your identity and add a bank account.

5. Verify your identity

  1. Sign in to your Coinbase account.

  2. Complete ID verification:

Recommended: Set up a 2-step verification app (TOTP) to help protect against unauthorized account access.

6. Link a payment method

Choose your country below to learn which payment methods are available in your country. 

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