The Coinbase referral program

The referral program lets you and a friend both earn a bonus. As soon as your friend (or “invitee”) signs up for a Coinbase account using your unique referral link and makes an eligible crypto trade, you’ll both receive the bonus. The bonus amount may vary from time to time and by country.

Important: Coinbase reserves the right to withdraw, suspend, or change the terms of the referral program at any time, at its sole discretion. Coinbase Pro and Advanced Trade accounts are not eligible for a referral bonus. Buys made on Coinbase Pro or Advanced Trade accounts do not count toward referral bonus eligibility.

Referral links are a link to Coinbase.com with a special code on the end that makes your link unique. For example, your referral link may look like this: https://www.coinbase.com/join/YOUR_REFERRAL_ID

To earn a referral bonus:

  1. Go to Settings in your Coinbase mobile app or visit the Invite page on Coinbase.com to get your referral link.

  2. Copy and share your referral link in an email, text message, or through your favorite messaging app.

  3. Your invitee signs up for a Coinbase account after opening your referral link.

  4. Your invitee completes their account set-up and initiates a minimum buy or sell. 

Once your invitee completes the minimum buy or sell for your listed offer, you’ll both receive the bonus amount listed at the time your invitee signed up. 

More details:

  • Your invitee must be in the same country of residence as you.

  • Your invitee's buy or sell must be completed within 180 days of opening their account.

  • Please wait four full business days after the trade is completed to receive a bonus.

  • There is no limit to the number of invitees you can refer, however there may be limits on the amount of referral bonuses you can receive.

  • The bonus amount may vary from time to time and by country.

In order to receive the referral bonus, keep in mind that:

  • Your friend must not have an existing Coinbase account.

  • It may take up to four business days to receive the referral bonus.

  • Buys can take up to four business days to complete. Meaning, it can take some time for payments to go out, and they may not arrive immediately.

Here are a few possible reasons why you haven’t received a bonus:

  • The invitee must sign up and create a new Coinbase account using your unique referral link. Referrals are not captured if the referred person signs up using the Coinbase app instead of the unique referral link.

  • The invitee must use https://www.coinbase.com/trade to complete their qualifying buy or sell. Orders placed on Coinbase Pro or Advanced Trade accounts will not count toward referral bonus eligibility.

  • Referral bonuses are only paid if the invitee verifies their account and completes a buy or sell of the minimum amount or more within 180 days of opening their qualifying account.

  • We do not pay out referral bonuses on duplicate or false accounts. Duplicate or shared financials will cause disqualification.

  • If an invitee fails to complete the requirements to obtain a bonus within 180 days of opening their account, neither party will receive a bonus.

Referral bonuses and other reward amounts exceeding $600 will result in a 1099-MISC being issued. 

To view your total rewards:

  1. From a web browser, go to Reports

  2. Click Generate report.

  3. Select Rewards Income from the transaction list dropdown. 

  4. Then select Generate report to download a PDF or CSV report of your rewards income.

Promoting your referral code through the use of paid advertising based on 'Coinbase' or Coinbase-related keywords is prohibited. This includes, but is not limited to, bidding on or running ads on search based on keywords that include 'Coinbase' or variations thereon. Using 'Coinbase'-branded terms in your ad copy is not appropriate. Referrers who engage in such activities will have their referral codes deactivated and all referrals resulting from such activities are ineligible for referral payments. 

Important Notice: Unfortunately, we can't guarantee payout on every account you refer due to the limitations mentioned above and risk of fraud, but we make a good faith effort to do so whenever possible. In addition, Coinbase reserves the right to withdraw, suspend, or change the terms of the referral program at any time, at its sole discretion, including due to changing market conditions, risk of fraud, or other reasons. By participating in the referral program you acknowledge that receiving payouts is not guaranteed by Coinbase.

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