Coinbase Pro

Coinbase Money Transmission and e-Money Regulatory Compliance

United States

Coinbase, Inc., the company which operates Coinbase and Coinbase Pro in the US, is licensed to engage in money transmission in most US jurisdictions. Most of Coinbase’s money transmission licenses cover US Dollar cash balances and transfers. In some states, money transmission licenses also cover cryptocurrency balances and transfers on the platform. In other states, no money transmission license is required to operate a cryptocurrency 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