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How to get a cryptocurrency license in Poland 2022

2022-01-04
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Since November 2021, crypto-business in Poland became a regulated activity, so organizations that engage in it must be entered into the Cryptocurrency Business Register, obtain a license. If they fail to do so, they will pay a fine of up to 100 thousand zlotys. Read how to get a cryptocurrency license in Poland in this article.

Peculiarities of the Polish license

Registration is subject to activities that involve work in such areas:

  • exchange of one digital currency for another virtual or real currency;
  • intermediary services for the exchange of digital currencies;
  • digital money storage;
  • transactions.

In addition, it is necessary to take a MIP or (KIP) license, otherwise the cryptocurrency company will not be able to provide payment services. If the regulator notices illegal activities, put an entry in the public lists, banks will refuse to cooperate, which means collapse for the crypto-business.

Who can get a cryptocurrency license

The license is issued to both individuals and legal entities that meet certain rules. The main requirement is the absence of a criminal record for crimes related to:

  • violations against the state, including self-government, justice;
  • forgery of documents;
  • property claims;
  • money and securities fraud;
  • any financial irregularities.

Documents on the beneficiaries, directors of the company are carefully checked, if there is a problem, the license is not issued.

Another requirement for licensees is that cryptocurrency companies must have knowledge and experience related to cryptocurrency activities. It can be confirmed after providing:

  • certificates of taking courses that cover the financial and legal aspects of cryptocurrency operations;
  • certificates of work in the cryptocurrency industry for at least 1 year.

How fast is the registration process

Entry to the Polish Virtual Currency Registry will be made within 2 weeks after the individual/legal entity submits the documents.

Obtaining a MIP or KIP license

After registration, the cryptocurrency company must go to the Financial Inspection Authority (FI) and take one of the two licenses:

  • MIP - small payment institution;
  • KIP - a national payment institution.

MIP

For a startup, an MIP is fine. To take a cryptocurrency license in Poland 2022, you need to specify the services that you plan to provide, a detailed business project, develop methods aimed at protecting users. The license is issued within a month.

The company, which has received the MIP, has the right to:

  • provide the user with a virtual wallet, keep up to €2 000 on his/her account;
  • conduct transactions of up to €1.5 million per month;
  • to develop and implement payment instruments;
  • accept payments;
  • exchange currencies;
  • offer credit.

The company is not allowed to issue its own tokens, operate in other countries.

KIP

To enter the European market, you need to get a KIP. The procedure is complicated, but the license allows you to work with EEA residents, keep an unlimited number of funds in your wallets.

To get a KIP, you have to submit to the regulator:

  • information about all owners of the cryptocurrency company;
  • the services the organization will provide;
  • a business project for 3 years;
  • information about the methods of protection of users' funds;
  • a guarantee from the bank.

The license is given only to a legal entity. The director, who will run the company, must have not only experience, but also education related to the management of a payment institution.

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