Korean Government Approves Crypto AML Rule Set to Come Online Thursday

Crypto companies have until September to register with financial regulators.

AccessTimeIconMar 22, 2021 at 6:39 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 14, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. UTC

South Korea's anti-money laundering safeguards for cryptocurrency businesses will come into effect Thursday after cabinet officials approved a series of amendments last week, according to the Financial Services Commission (FSC).

  • Registered Virtual Asset Service Providers (VASPs) must file suspicious transaction reports with the FSC, subject themselves to compliance inspections and verify their customers' identities beginning March 25.
  • Crypto firms engaging in custody, trading, sales, exchange and digital wallet services have a six-month grace period to register with the FSC before facing potential sanctions for non-compliance beginning in late September, FSC said.
  • FSC first called for crypto-focused updates to the country's AML framework in November 2020 in an attempt to get on track with the Financial Action Task Force's crypto oversight regime.
  • South Korea's National Assembly voted in favor of the update on March 5. Cabinet officials gave the law the green light on March 17.


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