Mt. Gox Now Requires ID Verification For Cash Deposits & Withdrawls

Mt. Gox Now Requires ID Verification For Cash Deposits & Withdrawls

Is Bitcoin feeling the regulatory pressure building up? Certainly feels like it, judging by today’s announcement.

Less than 24 hours after the DOJ outlined its case against Liberty Reserve, Bitcoin’s largest exchange site Mt. Gox has stated that from now on, it’ll require ID verification from anyone who wants to deposit money with it in order to buy bitcoins. We’re not totally sure if this is a knee-jerk reaction to Liberty Reserve’s take down or not, but certainly one of the DOJ’s major gripes with that payment processor was that it let just about every man and his dog sign up without questions.

Here’s Mt. Gox’s full statement:

Statement Regarding Account Verifications

The Bitcoin market continues to evolve, as do regulations and conditions of compliance for Mt. Gox to continue bringing secure services to our customers. It our responsibility to provide a trusted and legal exchange, and that includes making sure that we are operating within strict anti-money laundering rules and preventing other malicious activity.

As a result, beginning May 30th, 2013 all Mt. Gox user accounts are required to be verified in order to perform any currency deposits and withdrawals. Bitcoin deposits do not need verification, and at this time we are not requiring verification for Bitcoin withdrawals.

In the past two months Mt. Gox has invested in more than doubling our verification support staff, and we are currently able to process most verifications within 24~48 hours.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Please visit the Security Center in your Mt. Gox account if you are not already verified, and keep in mind that being careful to submit the proper documents will result in a much faster processing time.
Mt.Gox Co. Ltd Team.

We’ll have more analysis on the situation later.

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Mike Wheatley

Mike Wheatley is a senior staff writer at SiliconANGLE. He loves to write about Big Data and the Internet of Things, and explore how these technologies are evolving and helping businesses to become more agile.

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  1. Mt. Gox has long been in a battle against potential fraud and the verification queue existed to access purchases of BTC via numerous money-sending-methods (all to stop fraud with chargebacks and stoppable payments.) However, switching to requiring full verification to withdraw money is certainly a new move by the company.
    Withdrawals have not required IDs before; but I can see that in order to stay ahead of other countries’ money regulations that Mt. Gox wants to be able to respond to subpoenas and warrants when authorities want to know if/when a particular subject interacted with their service. 
    I remember the verification queue was quite long for a while — it will only get longer.

  2. Kyt Dotson The move to add staff to the verification team really worked. At the time when the verification queue hit five digits, (and I was hovering somewhere around the middle) was the same time that Gox went down and the mini-crash occurred.
    Then they pledged to upgrade the staff for the site, followed thru, and I was verified within about four or five days (having previously been in queue for about six weeks).

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