In the event that you inherit or otherwise become the owner of a deceased family member's Coinbase account, rest assured that Coinbase has created a process to transfer the assets in the easiest manner possible. The best thing to do is contact us to make us aware of the situation.
If you're unfamiliar with Coinbase or digital currency in general, we will answer any questions you may have and walk you through the process.
How to contact us
1. Access our contact form. The following will be auto-selected:
Let's get started: Other issues
What is your issue about?: I'm requesting access for a deceased account holder
What seems to be the problem: General
2. Provide the following documentation:
Probate Documents for the Deceased’s Estate (either Probate, Letters Testamentary, Letters of Administration, Affidavit for Collection, or Small Estate Affidavit)
Current, valid government-issued photo identification of the person(s) named in the Probate Documents submitted
A letter signed by the person(s) named in the Probate Documents instructing Coinbase on what to do with the balance of the Coinbase account
Note: If any documents are missing, please let us know in the Message field, so we can assist you.
3. Complete all remaining required fields and actions.
Please keep in mind that the required documentation and processes may differ depending on your region, residence, and individual situation. If we need additional information, we will request it via email.
Naming a beneficiary on my Coinbase account
Coinbase currently does not support naming a beneficiary for individual accounts. Like most other assets in your estate, the ownership of your Coinbase account will be transferred according to your estate planning documents or state's intestate laws.