With Cash or Credit Card
This guide will help you buy bitcoins with no verification or ID.
You can do this with cash or a credit card.
We'll show you exactly how. Keep reading!
We can both agree on one thing:
Buying bitcoins is REALLY confusing!
Or is it?
Luckily for you, the content below is going to make the process much easier for you!
In today's post, I'm going to show you exactly how to buy bitcoins with no ID or verification using a number of payment methods.
By the way:
You'll need a Bitcoin wallet before you buy since some exchanges require one.
If you don't have a wallet, read our guide on the best Bitcoin wallets.
We suggest using the exchanges listed below or doing research before buying from any exchange.
Many exchanges are simply trying to steal your credit card information!
We do research on every exchange we list and are very careful not to include scam exchanges on our site.
Buying Bitcoin with No ID: 7 of Your Exchange Options
CoinMama: Buy Bitcoins with Credit Card No Verification
Want to buy bitcoins with a credit card and no verification?
CoinMama is your best option.
At CoinMama, you can buy bitcoins with a credit/debit card instantly and no verification for your first $150 worth of bitcoin purchases.
It is one of the only credit card brokers that allows purchases for any amount of bitcoin without ID verification. You may need to upload a selfie of you holding your credit card although most users won't need to.
Our step-by-step guide to using CoinMama will walk you through the buying process.
LocalBitcoins: Buy Your Coins Anywhere
LocalBitcoins is a peer-to-peer market place, similar to eBay.
Buyers and sellers create offers and must agree on a price and terms of a trade before a transaction can be made. It's possible to buy bitcoins with no ID on LocalBitcoins either by buying bitcoins with cash deposit or meeting in person and trading cash.
LocalBitcoins is available anywhere where there is a willing seller.
BitQuick: Buy Your Coins with Cash
Want to buy with cash?
BitQuick facilitates the buying of bitcoin via cash deposit at thousands of banks across the US.
Users agree on a trade price, and the seller hands over bitcoins to BitQuick that then acts as escrow.
The buyer of bitcoin deposits cash into the bitcoin seller's bank account. Once the seller confirms payment, BitQuick releases the bitcoins to the buyer.
You can also check out our BitQuick review.
Wall of Coins: Only SMS Verification Required
A phone number is required for use, but not for verification purposes. No ID is required.
Note: Bitit is Europe ONLY!
Bitit allows users to buy bitcoin online with a 3D Secure credit or debit card in 10 minutes and with cash in more than 150K+ Local Stores using Neosurf, Flexepin or Cashlib vouchers.
Your first 25 euros worth can be purchased without ID verification although you will need to fill in personal details like your full name, birthday date, country, city, address, phone number. Read our Bitit review.
Bitcoin ATMs: Do You Have One Near You?
Bitcoin ATMs are similar to regular ATMs, but instead of spitting out local currency, like dollars or euro, Bitcoin ATMs deliver bitcoins to your wallet upon the insertion of cash.
There are different types of Bitcoin ATMs made by a variety of companies. Most, however, require no verification whatsoever.
How can you know if there is a Bitcoin ATM near you?
We have a Bitcoin ATM map that will show you how to find a Bitcoin ATM near you.
Before buying from an ATM, know this:
Bitcoin ATMs are private, but there are some downsides. Bitcoin ATMs generally sell bitcoins at a mark-up of 5-10%.
This markup is the price people are willing to pay for the privacy that Bitcoin ATMs provide.
- No Verification or ID Exchanges
- Buy Bitcoin with Credit Card No Verification
- Bitcoin ATMs
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Scam Warning
Bitcoin Exchanges without Verification
Want to trade bitcoins?
At BitFinex you can start trading without verification if you only deposit cryptocurrency.
Using ShapeShift you can buy bitcoins with no ID, but that is because you need to buy altcoins or another digital token before buying. If you already have a token like Litecoin or Ethereum then you can buy bitcoins in seconds with no verification. No account required.
Tutorials: Buy Bitcoin in Less than 20 Minutes
CoinMama Buying Tutorial (Credit Card/Debit Card)
CoinMama (CoinMama review) is the only credit card exchange we know of that does not require you to upload a picture of your ID. You can buy less than $150 worth of coins without the ID verification.
You will need a Bitcoin wallet BEFORE you can buy bitcoins at CoinMama. This is because CoinMama sends the coins directly to your wallet.
You can read through our Bitcoin wallet guide to find a wallet.
Here are step-by-step instructions to make buying with no verification easier for you.
1. Open an Account on CoinMama
Once you create your account and verify your email address, you can begin following the steps below:
2. Login to Your Account
Once you login, go to "My Account" in the top navigation bar and you should see a page like this:
Enter all of your personal details in the fields above and save them.
3. Click "Buy Bitcoins" in the Navigation Bar at the top
You should now be brought to a page that lets you choose how many bitcoins you want to buy. You can choose one of the set amounts-0.5, 1, 1.2, or 2 bitcoins-or scroll down a bit more to select your own amount.
The field to select your own amount looks like this:
Once you've chosen your amount click the green "Buy Bitcoins" button to advance.
4. Select Credit/Debit Card as payment method
5. Enter your Bitcoin Wallet Address
This is the address where the bitcoins you're buying will be delivered to once your payment is confirmed. Paste your address into the empty field.
6. Enter your Billing Information and Address
7. Enter your Credit or Debit Card Information
8. Verify Your Phone Number and Email
You'll receive a 4-digit SMS pin and an email confirmation. Once you've confirmed these forms of contact, you should see this:
9. Upload ID Verification
Most people will not need to upload a selfie. Just skip step 8 if CoinMama does not request this from you.
You'll need to upload a selfie with you holding your credit card towards the camera. Make sure your name, expiration date, and the first four and last four numbers on the card are visible.
10. Wait for Verification
CoinMama needs to verify that your credit card payment went through successfully.
11. Confirmation Email
If your credit card payment went through, you should receive an email that looks like this:
Long process, yes!
But that's it. Wait 20-30 minutes for the bitcoins to arrive in the address you provided in step four.
How to Buy From a Bitcoin ATM Near You with Coin ATM Radar
1. Go to the Bitcoin ATM Map
You will need a Bitcoin wallet BEFORE you can buy bitcoins at any ATM. This is because Bitcoin ATMs send the coins directly to your Bitcoin address.
You can read through our Bitcoin wallet guide to find a wallet.
2. Search by Location
In the search box in the top left, type in the name of your country or city and click enter.
3. Find an ATM
Once you search, you’ll be taken to the location you entered on the map. If you see map pin markers, you’re in luck! That means there are Bitcoin ATMs in your area.
4. Choose an ATM
Click on one of the map markers for more details about a specific ATM. From there, you can also click on “Read More” at the bottom for even more details.
How to Use ShapeShift
With Shapeshift you need to have some other digital token in order to trade it for bitcoins.
We like ShapeShift because it never holds your coins and only makes a "swap". So there is no need to create an account or give ShapeShift any personal information.
To use it, go to Shapeshift.io. You should then see a box on the right side where you can choose the coins for your trade:
In this case ShapeShift auto-set the trade to be Bitcoin for Ether. But who's buying Ether? We want bitcoins!
Click on one of the coins and then you can select the coins you want to deposit and receive. The selection looks like this:
In our case we have decided to trade some litecoins for bitcoins. So the screen on the main page should now look like this (with Litecoin under "Deposit" and Bitcoin under "Receive"):
So click "Continue" to proceed and you will see a screen like this:
On the screen above you must enter the Bitcoin address that will receive the coins, along with the Litecoin refund address (in case there is a problem with the transaction).
Once you enter both address click "Start Transaction". You will now see a screen like this:
Now just send litecoins (or whatever coin you are trading) to the address displayed. You can send any amount since in the previous step we already agreed to the Litecoin/Bitcoin exchange rate. Also, notice the max and minimum amounts!
Once you send the litecoins you should see your newly purchased bitcoins in your wallet within a few minutes. Yes, using ShapeShift is that easy!
Frequently Asked Questions
If you're still a bit confused, that's okay. Buying bitcoins is hard and that's why I built this site.
I hope the following FAQ section will answer any of your remaining questions.
Why would I want to buy bitcoins with no verification?
The verification process for buying on some exchanges can take days to complete. This makes buying bitcoins fast hard.
Do you want to buy larger amounts of bitcoins? Try buying with a bank account and you'll save on fees.
Why do some people not want to buy if there is a need to upload an ID scan?
It depends how much you trust the exchanges. Just like any information you give up online, there is always the risk that it can be hacked or stolen from the website you give it to.
Even Yahoo was hacked and information on 400 million accounts was stolen.
BitQuick was hacked, although it claims no customer information was stolen. Still, there is always a risk with any exchange that collects your personal information.
Don't care about buying with or without verification? You can be buying bitcoins within minutes with a credit card.
Should I leave my bitcoins on the exchange after I buy?
We really recommend storing any bitcoins you want to keep safe in a wallet you own. Many Bitcoin exchanges have been hacked and lost customer funds. If you don't want to fall victim to these hacks then the easiest way is to store your coins in a wallet you control.
Here's a headline that was posted on reddit in February 2017:
On the same post, here's what another commenter wrote:
Similar thing happened to me in Perth, Western Australia. Dude pulled a knife in a cafe and demanded my phone and to withdrawal all my bitcoins to him. The cafe owner saw this and called the police, who arrived in 2 minutes as he was going through my phone for bitcoin apps.
The guy apparently had a history of violent offenses and recently got sentenced for 4 years.
This is not meant to scare you.
These are extreme cases and most trades go through with no issue. These warnings are aimed at people making in-person cash trades.
It is simply a reminder to use common sense. You should always meet for your trades in a public place and even bring a friend or two.
Once you buy bitcoins, understand this:
Do NOT store your bitcoins on exchanges!!!
I've been buying bitcoins for more than three years. I've never lost any money to scams or thefts. Follow the guidelines in this article and you'll be able to do the same.
Here are two examples where users got screwed by leaving bitcoins with a third party:
And there are many more I could list.
Make sure you get yourself a Bitcoin wallet that will securely store your bitcoins.
Following these basic principles should help you avoid theft, scams, and any other loss of funds:
- Do research before buying on any exchange. Check reviews, ratings, and regulation information.
- Don't store coins on the exchange. Already mentioned above but worth repeating.