GBO’s Crypto experts will assist you to obtain a Cryptocurrency License

GBO provides all the services and advice you need to set up your new cryptocurrency exchange properly. Call us to schedule a consultation with one of our professional representatives regarding your crypto exchange needs at the lowest possible cryptocurrency license costs.


Offering a service to buy, sell, or swap cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Stellar or Dogecoin and all the others can be one of the most profitable ways to enter this booming business.

Many people wanting to move their digital assets around look for a solid cryptocurrency exchange platform. It is the most convenient and safest way to help holders exchange their cryptocurrencies worldwide. Digital and crypto currencies are built on blockchain technology. This means the transaction is fast, secure and seamless with blockchain’s in-built transparency and anonymity. Owners of crypto exchanges are seeing growing profits from the revenue that these trades bring.

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    About crypto exchange licenses

    Each jurisdiction has its own laws and regulations for establishing cryptocurrency exchange businesses. It would be best if you talked to experts like our team at GBO, who are always up-to-date on the latest requirements for exchanges in the various countries.

    There are a few geographical groupings that share common attributes for exchange licensing.

    North America

    The Federal government controls money movement in the USA through the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN). Under the current regulations, crypto exchanges can operate as money services businesses (MSBs) as long as they conform to the rules laid out by the Bank Secrecy Act (BSA). The Federal government issues cryptocurrency exchange licenses only to companies that are registered as domiciled in a State. You can apply for a license to operate a cryptocurrency exchange from any state but be aware that each state sets its own requirements. If you intend to offer transactions that cross state borders, you must have a license in each state.

    A license will only be granted when you can show that the operation conforms to the Federal government CFT/AML/KYC guidelines (Countering of Financing of Terrorism, Anti-Money Laundering & Know Your Customer).

    Canada has rules and regulations very similar to the USA. Crypto exchanges must register as money services businesses (MSBs) and register with the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FinTRAC).


    Since Brexit, the UK’s rules for crypto currency exchanges are that exchanges need to comply with AML/CFT regulations and register with the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

    Gibraltar crypto exchanges must be licensed by the Gibraltar Financial Services Commission (GFSC).

    Switzerland requires the registration of cryptocurrency exchanges, which must have a license issued by the Swiss Financial Market Supervisory Authority (FINMA). CSSF must license crypto exchanges in Luxembourg.

    European Union

    Crypto exchange licenses in Europe are different in individual member states. The EU member states that have already approved bitcoin broker licenses or cryptocurrency broker licenses include:

    Germany requires cryptocurrency exchanges to register with the Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).


    France requires cryptocurrency exchanges to register with the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF).


    Italy requires cryptocurrency exchanges to register with the Ministry of Finance. Any crypto exchange that these regulators have granted a license is then allowed to operate as a single entity across the whole EU bloc.

    Since 2018, cryptocurrency exchanges have been legal in Malta. The license requires a company domiciled anywhere in the EU that satisfies AML/CFT rules.

    Crypto exchanges operate under two possible licenses in Estonia and Lithuania – a Virtual Currency Exchange Service and a Virtual Currency Wallet Service.


    In Estonia, the licenses are issued by the Financial Intelligence Unit of Estonia and stipulate AML/CFT reporting and KYC rules. Business can only be done by a company domiciled in Estonia, or by an EU-domiciled company that has a registered branch in Estonia.


    In Lithuania, operating a cryptocurrency exchange business can only be done by a company domiciled in Lithuania, or by an EU-domiciled company that has a registered branch in Lithuania. The company can hold one or both licenses. Licenses are granted by the Lithuanian Financial Crime Investigation Service (FCIS).

    What will a crypto exchange license cost?

    The costs for a crypto broker license are different in each country. As well, there may be requirements for specific corporate structures and document filing procedures. You should consult with our team of experts at GBO, who have all the necessary knowledge and experience to get your cryptocurrency exchange up and running in the shortest possible time and cheapest cost.


    How long does it take to get a crypto exchange license?

    Each country that allows cryptocurrency exchanges has its own procedures. The steps you need to take can include incorporating a company in the licensing country, setting up banking, merchant accounts and payment processing platforms, and many other special phases. It would help if you let GBO be your partner in every step. We have the knowledge and experience to get the job done for you quickly.

    Do you need a license for crypto exchange?

    Unlicensed exchanges are prohibited in most countries, because they provide channels for criminals and terrorists to launder money and finance illegal operations. Governments have initiated strong measures to detect unlicensed operations and close them down and prosecute the owners. There have recently been judgements and fines amounting to hundreds of millions of dollars for such illegal operations.

    Where to get a crypto license?

    Choose the domicile for your crypto exchange carefully, to match your resources and targets. GBO can help you to select the country that suits you best, and to take all the necessary steps to register your company there and apply for the license. We have a solid history of success in most of the countries where crypto exchange licenses can be obtained.


    Can anyone create a crypto exchange?

    In most countries that allow registration of crypto exchanges, only registered companies that are domiciled in that country can be granted a license. In the USA, individual states have different regulations, and it may be necessary to have separate companies in each state where you are operating. In the European Union, the exchange can be owned by a company that is domiciled in any of the EU countries.

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