Cryptocurrency license in Estonia

types of crypto licenses in estonia

 

Our customers often ask me about finding civil jurisdiction for their cryptocurrency business.    We heard about cryptocurrency licenses from Malta,  Thailand, Singapur.  Every country has its own set of regulations.

 

Application for a crypto license in Estonia seems to be more comfortable and cheaper than the rest of the world. 

 

The most know incentive is as follows:    only 30 days for positive or negative decision taken by the Financial Intelligence Unit,  low rate state fee and simple documentation.

 

You don’t need to travel to Estonia if you are the holder of e-Residency card.

Types of licenses

Providing cryptocurrency exchange

1. Adam would like to open cryptocurrency exchange services and needs a license for providing a cryptocurrency exchange service. This type of license will be eligible for him.

providing digital wallet

2. Mike will share cold wallet services for the final client. The second type of license is applicable for clients, who want to provide "virtual wallet services".

how long does it take?

According to estonian law process takes ~ 30 days

Application review
Financial Intelligence Unit 100%

Success rate

1 %
clients approved

The vast majority clients are approved by FIU.  

1
days for licenes

If the client provides us with full documentation, can get the crypto license in a shorter time than 30 days.

Supporting documentation

We provide

You provide

  • Proof of no criminal record from local justice sworn translated, Apostilled (if needed) no older than 90 days.
  • Apostilled, notarised passport or EEA card
  • The CV with photo or LinkedIn extract
  • Beneficial owner lists and persons responsible for international sanctions

Choose your plan

You can choose a suitable plan for you.

Mini

1200
one time
  • AML/KYC/CTS internal rules writting
  • Translation to English or Estonian
  • Our guarantee: FIU will accept or we correct regulations
  • 1 hours assistance of our lawyer

Medium

3000
one time
  • Your OU company is registered and you have e-Residency card
  • AML/KYC/CTS internal rules writting
  • We will prepare 2 x application to FIU
  • We will monitor progress and we will have constant contact with FIU

Exclusive

5000
one time
  • You will get OU company with virtual adress, contact person for 1 year and introduction to accounting services
  • You will get AML/KYC/CTS procedure
  • You will get ready made licenses - providing virtual wallet and cryptocurrency exchange
  • You will provided with PSP bank account for cryptotrading

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

Criminal records of all board members, shareholders and UBOs (apostilled, not older than 3 months, from country of citizenship)
CVs
Passport copies.

It takes up to 30 days from day of submission to get the answer from the FIU regarding the licenses. Once the licenses have been granted, you have to start providing the services within 6 months.

State fee is 345€ / per one license . If you will need 2 licences – you will pay 690€. You can purchase our ready made OU company with issued licences. State fees are included in price.

The licenses are issued by the Financial Intelligence Unit of Estonia Company holder of the licenses could perform the following activities: 1. Exchange virtual currency to fiat currency2. Exchange fiat currency to virtual currency 3. Exchange virtual currency to another virtual currency 4. Keep and store virtual currency on behalf of your clients 5. Transfer virtual currency between customer’s wallets 6. Keep fiat currency on behalf of the customer for some time in order to make exchange for cryptocurrency.

Estonia has concluded legal aid agreements with the Republic of Lithuania, the Republic of Latvia (State Gazette II, 1993, 5), the Republic of Poland (State Gazette II 1999, 4, 22), Ukraine (State Gazette (RT II 1995,13/14, 63) and with the Russian Federation (State Gazette II, 1993, 16, 27).
In above countries Apostille is not mandatory . If you are from other countries, you should include Apostilled documents.

You will pay tax from your net prfit, that is calculated based on the transaction as the difference between the selling price and the purchase price.

state fee will increase soon

The Estonian Parliament will adopt bill 

The Estonian Parliament will adopt the bill, that will make that process of obtaining licenses will be difficult and more expensive.

Government plans change the following rules:

1) To increase state fee from 345 EUR to 3300 EUR 

2) To extent process of approving client from 30 to 90 days

More information here:

https://www.rahandusministeerium.ee/en/news/granting-virtual-currency-activity-licences-set-become-tougher-under-new-bill

All licensed businesses should update your application details and outstanding delivery document up to 31.12.2019.   Consulting companies predict the cost of obtaining licenses will grow from 5000 to 10 000 EUR.

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