Coinbase is known as one of the most secure exchanges on which to buy, sell, and store cryptocurrency. In fact, their account creation starts with a 3-level verification process. Coinbase supports the purchasing, trading, and storing of Bitcoin (BTC), Bitcoin Cash (BCH), Ethereum (ETH), Ethereum Classic (ETC), and Litecoin (LTC). If you are ready for your Coinbase signup but unsure where to begin, follow this step-by-step guide to learn how to set up your Coinbase account.

During the Coinbase signup process, each step will help Coinbase verify your identity and screen for any potential fraud, crime, or danger. Login can deny the creation of accounts or limit the number of accounts a user creates if they feel it’s necessary. Ready to get started? Keep reading.

1. Get Started With Your Coinbase Signup

To get started, head to the Coinbase website.

When you reach the homepage, you will see the real-time prices for Coinbase’s five supported cryptocurrencies.

On this page, you will see two “Get Started” buttons. One on the left of the screen and one in the top right corner.

Click the “Get Started” button in the top right corner to proceed to the next step.

2. Create Your Coinbase Account

A box will appear prompting you to enter your basic account information. Enter your name and the email address you would like to link your account to and select a password for your account.

We advise choosing a password that is unique and complicated for others to guess. To do this, use different letter cases, symbols, and numbers.

3. Verify Your Email Address

Another box will appear. This is the first step of the account verification process. Click the “Verify Email Address” button. Once you click the button, a confirmation email will be sent to the address you provided in the last step.

4. Follow Your Coinbase Signup Verification Link

After you’ve clicked “Verify Email Address,” this screen will appear. If you haven’t received an email, try refreshing and checking your spam folder. If the email still has not arrived, click “Email didn’t arrive?” to send another. If you see an email from Coinbase in your inbox, follow the link within to verify your email address and continue to the next step.

5. Phone Number Verification

After clicking the link within your verification email, you will move onto the 2nd verification step. This step entails an SMS verification. Select the country associated with your phone number. Next, enter your 10-digit phone number in the box below “Your Phone Number.” Lastly, click “Send Code.” You will receive a text message to the phone number you’ve provided.

It is important to note that when you provide your email address and phone number, you are linking your electronic devices to your login account. It is your responsibility to protect any devices that you use to access your email or phone number.

6. Receive & Enter Your Coinbase Signup SMS Code

When your text message arrives with a short, numerical code, enter the numbers into the box which appeared after you pressed “Send Code.” This will lead you to the next step of account creation.

7. Enter Your Personal Identifying Information

During this important step, you will need to enter your personal information as required by your state (the New York state financial regulations, in this example). Fill out the necessary information and select the most suitable options in each drop-down menu.

By entering your personal information, you are confirming to Login that it is both accurate and authentic. Additionally, you are agreeing to make any updates to your information if it changes. Once you’ve entered the required information, double check everything for accuracy then click “Continue” in the bottom right corner. The information required may vary depending on your state.

8. From Dashboard to Accounts

Once your information is entered, you will access your dashboard. Your dashboard will display the cryptocurrency prices you saw on the Coinbase homepage, your account info, and your portfolio (which will be at $0 as you haven’t bought your cryptocurrency yet). From the top menu on the left, click “Account” to continue the setup process.