Module #3 - Making Your First Investment

Lesson 2 - Verifying Your Account & Uploading ID

You are nearly ready to buy your first Bitcoin, but before you do, you need to verify your account by uploading your identification. This is commonly known as KYC which means Know Your Customer. Due to the developing yet uncertain regulatory framework for Crypto Assets, most leading exchanges have a KYC process in place to prevent fraud.


Step 1: Start Verification

Coinbase: verify ID

Before you can add any financial information to start buying Crypto Assets on Coinbase, you first must upload your ID.

To begin the process, click on Upload ID.


Step 2: Select ID Type

Coinbase: select ID type

Coinbase will give you three options for the type of ID you want to use to verify yourself:

  • Passport

  • Driver's license

  • Photo ID

Select the one you which you would like to upload, I have a preference for passport and driver's license.


Step 3: Upload ID

Coinbase: upload ID

Whichever you choose, Coinbase will ask you to either upload photos or take a photo of them with your webcam.

Once you have uploaded the photos, click the Upload button.


Step 4: Await verification

Once you have submitted your information, you will see a screen which says We're verifying your ID. This usually only takes a few minutes. Once ID verification is complete, you will receive an email confirming this, and the screen will change to say Identity Verified.

Now you are ready to upload your financial information.

Coinbase: await ID verification

Coinbase: identity verified


Module #3: Lesson 2 Summary

  1. Exchanges operate Know Your Customer (KYC) for fraud prevention: so you will need to upload ID before you can buy

  2. You will need your ID available: either your passport, drivers license or a national identity card

Now your ID has been verified, you can move onto Module #3: Lesson3, where you can add payment methods.