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The BitLicense is a business license for virtual currency activities, issued by the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS).

The BitLicense, recognized as a business license for activities involving digital currencies, is issued under the auspices of the New York State Department of Financial Services (NYSDFS). It holds a significant position as one of the most well-known and stringent regulatory frameworks pertaining to cryptocurrencies within the territory of the United States.

The BitLicense is more than just a regulatory stamp, it's a mandatory requirement for businesses that engage in digital currency activities and operate within the jurisdiction of New York or those which provide services to residents of New York, regardless of where the business is geographically located. The ambit of "digital currency activities" covered under the BitLicense is broad and diverse, capturing a wide range of operations in the digital currency ecosystem.

This includes but isn't limited to: the reception or transmission of virtual currency, a quintessential activity in the cryptocurrency world; the storage, holding, or maintenance of custody of virtual currency on behalf of others, a role often played by digital wallets and custodial services; the buying and selling of virtual currency as a customer-oriented business, which encapsulates many cryptocurrency exchanges and brokers; the provision of exchange services which enable customers to convert their virtual currencies to other forms of value; and controlling, administering, or issuing a virtual currency, a significant activity especially for blockchain-based projects and cryptocurrency issuers.


  • Circle Internet Financial: This organization etched its name in the annals of cryptocurrency regulation by becoming the first company to receive a BitLicense from the NYSDFS, marking a significant milestone in the year 2015
  • Coinbase: Recognized as a large and influential cryptocurrency exchange on a global scale, also functions under the regulatory framework provided by a BitLicense within the state of New York.


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