Bybit moves to impose mandatory KYC rules for all services

Quick Take

  • Crypto exchange Bybit said Monday that it will require know-your-customer identification to use its services starting next month.
  • Bybit suggested such a move was possible when it rolled out an initial set of KYC rules in December. 

Crypto exchange Bybit will require know-your-customer checks on all its services starting next month.

"Starting from 8 May, 2023, Identity Verification of at least Lv.1 will be mandatory for all Bybit products and services," the company said in a Monday announcement. "Existing users who have not completed Identity Verification as of 8 May, 2023 will only be allowed to close existing open positions or orders, return loans, or withdraw."

Word of the policy shift appeared to circulate on social media in recent days. Bybit itself suggested such a move was possible in December, when it rolled out KYC requirements for peer-to-peer trading and some NFT services. The exchange said at the time that it "may further expand KYC requirements in the near future."

Bybit's KYC shift

Bybit didn't offer an explanation for the policy shift, but regulators worldwide have more closely scrutinized crypto exchanges in recent months, particularly in the U.S.