On May 7, 2015, the New York State Department of Financial Services announced that it has granted a charter under the New York Banking Law to itBit Trust Company, LLC – a commercial Bitcoin exchange based in New York City. The announcement establishes ItBit as the first virtual currency company to receive a charter from the NYDFS.
This announcement caps a series of announcements from the NYDFS, outlining and establishing regulatory guidelines for virtual currencies. Most recently, in December 2014, the NYDFS released a framework for licensing virtual currency firms, known as the “Bitlicense framework.” The BitLicense framework included consumer protection, anti-money laundering compliance and cyber security rules tailored for virtual currency firms, including the creation of a two-year transitional BitLicense to assist startups. The additional comment period for the revised BitLicense framework ended in March 2015 and NYDFS expects to put forward its final regulatory framework later this month.
The press release is available at: http://www.dfs.ny.gov/about/press2015/pr1505071.htm.