Сrypto license

Most countries have already introduced changes to their legislation to regulate this type of economic activity. In order to legally engage in the crypto business, you must obtain an appropriate cryptocurrency license.
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What is a crypto license?

Crypto license entitles the company to carry out operations with cryptocurrencies, such as exchanging and transferring virtual assets. Not all states have yet developed an adequate licensing mechanism for activities related to crypto finance.
Therefore, it is best to obtain a cryptocurrency exchange license from crypto-friendly countries, for example, the UK, Lithuania, Estonia, Canada, Poland or Malta.

Why should you choose Fintech Harbor Consulting to receive crypto license?

Licensed crypto exchanges can legally provide services for storing cryptocurrencies and exchanging them for conventional currencies. A regular banking license will not work for crypto exchange functions.
Fintecharbor experts know the peculiarities of receiving crypto broker licenses in various jurisdictions and will help you choose the most suitable country for registering your business.
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The process of obtaining a crypto license

To obtain a cryptocurrency exchange or cryptocurrency broker license, one must first select a jurisdiction and then register a legal entity in that country. After that, you need to collect a package of documents that includes information about the non-conviction of the director and shareholders, biographies of responsible persons, a detailed description of the activities, and the company’s website.
It is also necessary to appoint a compliance officer and a responsible representative for submitting documents to government agencies. After that, you need to pay a state fee and wait for a cryptocurrency license.

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Comparison of crypto license requirements in popular jurisdictions
General information
The crypto license in Estonia is a special permit to perform commerce associated with digital assets. An authorized legal document is required because this sort of action is controlled and regularized by the FIU (Estonian Financial Intelligence Unit).
Polish version of the authorization to conduct activities with virtual assets is not a license (in its usual sense), it is necessary to make a point on this. Polish crypto-authorization is an entry in the state registry of companies, that doing a virtual-related business,, what is maintained by the Chamber of Tax Administration.
The Gibraltar crypto license is a special permit to conduct activities in the field of virtual financial services, digital money wallet management and cryptocurrency exchange. The digital financial sector is legal. The Financial Services Commission (GFSC) regulates the work of firms in the industry.
Activity related to the virtual currency services in the Republic of Lithuania does not require licensing, and therefore the term “cryptolicense” in the Lithuanian legal field is conditional. There are 2 types of “cryptolicense”: Virtual currency exchange operator and Virtual currency depository wallet operator.
  1. Exchange of virtual currency for fiat currency;
  2. Fiat to virtual currency exchange;
  3. Exchange of virtual currency for another virtual currency;
  4. Custody of currency on behalf of your clients;
  5. Transfer of virtual currency between wallets;
  6. Storage of fiat currency on behalf of the client for a certain period of time for subsequent exchange for cryptocurrency*.
  1. Exchange between virtual currencies and fiat money (for example: EUR to BTC or BTC to USD);
  2. Exchange between virtual currencies (for example BTC to LTC);
  3. Brokering in exchange;
  4. Keeping accounts related with crypto assets (custody services).
  1. Exchange between virtual assets and fiat currencies;
  2. Exchange between one or more forms of virtual assets;
  3. Transfer of virtual assets;
  4. Safekeeping and/or administration of virtual assets.
  1. Exchanging cryptocurrency for fiat currency;
  2. Exchange of fiat currency for cryptocurrency;
  3. Exchange of one type of cryptocurrency for another;
  4. Keeping accounts related with crypto assets (custody services).
Requirements for UBO and directors
Must demonstrate the appropriate education of officials, their experience in this field of business, as well as the absence of a criminal record. Also, local office is required.Local director and local AML officer in company structure is required.
A local AML officer is not required. Director can do AML functions, but he should have special experience in virtual currency & AML activity and proof it with certificates, etc.
At least one director who must have an impeccable reputation and actively participate in the commercial activities of the company (no residence requirements).
Like in Poland Company owners and directors are required to have no convictions for violations of the law: against state authorities, justice, economic turnover, trading in securities and money; intentional financial crimes. Also, local office and management are required. A local AML officer is required for LT company.
Authorized capital
Cannot be less than 250,000 euros to offer virtual currency transfer services and 100,000 euros to offer virtual currency exchange services. In this case, the entire amount must be paid in cash.
5000 PLN (approx. 1100 EUR) – 100% of the amount to be paid at the time of registration.
Minimum share capital (paid-up) – 100 GBP (approx. 119 EUR) but it’s ultimately determined by the complexity of the crypto business model.
Not less than 125 000 EUR.
Income tax rate – 20%. 0% corporate tax if the profits are not distributed. Estonia has approximately 60 double tax treaties.
Virtual currencies in Poland are subject to corporate tax (capital gains tax) at a rate of 19%, although taxation is possible at a preferential rate of 15%. Income tax on exchanging virtual currency for virtual or fiat currency ranges from 17% to 32% in accordance with a progressive tax scale.
Income derived by virtual currency service providers is taxed as per the usual corporate taxation rules. The corporate income tax rate in Gibraltar is 12.5%.
Virtual currency exchange services are not subject to VAT. The cryptocurrency company’s profits are taxed at a rate of 15%. A micro company with less than ten employees and less than 300,000 euros of gross annual income may be taxed at a reduced corporate tax rate of 0-5%. Income tax (WHT) 15% is levied on distributed profits (dividends paid).
For those enterpreneur that already have a resident legal entity and a bank account, the period for receiving will be 120 days from the day of filling up the Estonia cryptocurrency license register.
The process of opening a cryptolicense in Poland takes approx. 1.5 months.
Typically, a license is issued within 9 to 12 months.
Typically, he process of opening a cryptolicense takes 1.5 month.


The cost of obtaining a cryptocurrency license depends on the jurisdiction and the types of activities that the company plans to carry out; an individual offer is available upon request.
The timing of obtaining a cryptocurrency license also depends on the jurisdiction; it usually takes more time than just registering a legal entity. For example, on average, obtaining a crypto license in Estonia takes 2 to 6 months, including preparing and collecting the necessary documents.
For example, in order to obtain an Estonian crypto license, you need to present a full package of documents on the registration of a legal entity. You also need a local director with a crystal clear business reputation. You will need to comply with anti-money laundering procedures and provide proof of the origin of the company’s funds and its owners. You need to carefully work out the privacy policy, terms of use of services, and protection of personal data. All this information should be publicly available on the company’s website.
In order to become a crypto broker, it is required to establish a special financial entity and obtain the required license according to the laws in the country of incorporation. In order to be licensed, the company should fit with paid-up capital requirements, professional staff, and AML & CFT policies conduction. Moreover, the owner of the crypto broker should have a good reputation, a clear criminal record, and proof of funds according to the laws.

What services does a licensed crypto broker provide?

A licensed crypto broker provides a range of services related to buying, selling, and trading cryptocurrencies for personal and corporate clients. Usually, the crypto broker provides the following services: Cryptocurrency Trading, Portfolio Management, Investment Advise, OTC Trading, Custodian Services, etc. The range of services depends on the broker type, market area, and jurisdiction.

What licensing rules and compliance laws apply to a crypto license?

Companies that received crypto licenses are automatically obliged to provide their activity according to the local and international laws which regulate activity in the cryptocurrency area. However, cryptocurrency activity is not regulated fully in all countries, so gaps in rules are possible in many states. MiCA regulations in the EU effectively influenced crypto market regulations, because highlighted the following principles for the providers of crypto assets:
  1. Meet the minimum authorized capital requirements
  2. To act honestly, fairly, and professionally in the interests of clients.
  3. Securely store crypto-assets and customer funds and prevent them from being used for your own purposes.
  4. To confirm the good reputation, and the appropriate level of skills and knowledge of the members of the management body.
  5. Ensure AML/CFT, service continuity, and data security policies
    and procedures.
  6. Establish effective complaints procedures.
  7. Implement an effective policy for the prevention of conflicts of interest.
The abovementioned requirements for crypto-licensed companies became a standard for crypto regulation, so these principles are also used in most crypto countries outside of the EU nowadays.


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