How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously & without ID

Last updated on October 12th, 2017 at 11:35 pm

Many people would like to stay anonymous when buying stuff around the web for different reasons. The problem with Bitcoin is that it’s not completely anonymous. Once a Bitcoin exchange requests identifiable information such as an email address, government id or a utility bills they can know and track every movement of your Bitcoins.

That’s why today I’m going to go over some simple methods of buying Bitcoins anonymously. For the more advanced users I will supply some additional reading material near the end of the article:

Easiest way to stay anonymous – Buy Bitcoins with Cash

The Local Bitcoins option

If you’re looking to buy Bitcoins anonymously then the easiest way would be to buy Bitcoins in cash and in person. Use Local Bitcoins to find someone who is willing to sell Bitcoins for cash next to your physical location. You can use an alias email address to sign up to Local Bitcoins and the verification id process they have is optional. When you use cash it’s easy to remain untraceable as there is no documentation for the transaction. Keep in mind that most sellers on Local Bitcoins don’t like to do business with anonymous buyers, however since you’re paying in cash it should be less of an issue.

The Bitcoin ATM option

Another way to buy Bitcoins anonymously with cash is to go to your nearest Bitcoin ATM and buy Bitcoins from the ATM using cash. Buying Bitcoins via an ATM is probably the best way to go about buying Bitcoins anonymously however not everyone has an ATM next to them. When asked to enter your Bitcoin address at the ATM just specify that you don’t have one – in most cases this will just generate a new paper address for you and you’re good to go. Later on you can import the private key from that paper wallet and send those Bitcoins wherever you like.

The prepaid card option

One way to stay anonymous is to use a prepaid credit card you can get at any supermarket or convince store. You can then use this card to buy Bitcoins without the need to supply any form of identification at places like Coinmama (up to $150) or Virwox.

Methods that don’t require ID but aren’t anonymous

The BitQuick option

Bitquick acts as an escrow for Bitcoin transactions via cash deposits at thousands of banks across the US. The idea is simple – buyer and seller agree on an amount. The seller deposits the Bitcoins at Bitquick. Once the buyer deposits the cash into the seller’s account the coins are released. A mobile phone number is needed for this process but no id verification is required.

The wall of coins option

Wall of Coins is available in the United States, Canada, Germany, Argentina, Latvia, Poland, and the Philippines. It is a peer to peer Bitcoin exchange that allows you to buy Bitcoins without the need to verify your ID. You will however require a phone number to use the exchange.

Advanced methods for buying / using Bitcoin anonymously

These were some simple ways of buying Bitcoins while staying anonymous or without the need of any identification. If you want to get real serious about using Bitcoin anonymously around the web I suggest reading The Complete Guide to Using Bitcoin Anonymously. This guide details advanced methods and techniques to keeping your privacy around the web. However, if you’re just looking to buy a few coins without being traced just use cash – it will solve most of the issues.

If you’ve had any experience with buying Bitcoins anonymously I would love to hear it in the comment section below. For additional resources you can also visit this site.

Ofir Beigel

Owner at 99 Coins ltd.
Blogger and owner of 99Bitcoins. I've been dealing with Bitcoin since the beginning of 2013 and it taught me a lesson in finance that I couldn't get anywhere else on the planet. I'm not a techie, I don't understand "Hashes" and "Protocols", I designed this website with people like myself in mind. My expertise is online marketing and I've dedicated a large portion of 99Bitcoins to Bitcoin marketing.

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chairman
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chairman

hello, someone help me,i need to buy some btc anonymously direct from an ATM card and vanish.desperately need a remedy .

Steven Hay
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Steven Hay

Hi Chairman,

Check out our guide to this exact scenario:

How to Buy Bitcoin Anonymously & without ID

Note that some Bitcoin ATMs and sellers will want to see ID. You may have to try a few before you find an anonymous option.

mahesh
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mahesh

please tell me about any exchange with altcoins. i found post where they said about exchange. please tell me is it they right?
post **link removed**

Zsofia Elek
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Zsofia Elek

Hi Manesh, have you tried the exchanges listed in our article?

jer cuarteros
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jer cuarteros
november 2017 updates : exchanging fiat to cryptocurrency and vice versa is subject to money transfer licensing even if you will just do it for 1$ and once a year, and even if you are just an individual . no issues when trading crypto to crypto, but receiving crypto then it’s value increases is subject to tax. also, any entity converting fiat to crypto (e.g. exchanges) needs to comply with know-your-customer and anti money laundering laws. if an exchange will not record your identity and track your transactions, they will crack that exchange soon or force them to track customers… Read more »
Drsavant
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Drsavant

Bisq.io to all third parties. Only you and the buyer/seller know your name.

Sammy Boy
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Sammy Boy

Coinmama now asks for I’d for any amount you buy. I guess they changed their policy. I just tried to buy like 80 bucks worth and they still wanted me to go through the entire registration process. I’m based in the U.S, maybe if you have an IP address from somewhere else they won’t ask.

Carolyn Rien
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Carolyn Rien

I pretty much agree with everyone stated about buying bitcoin anonymously, but I think it’s important to consider using a temporary email address, like from EmailOnDeck.com or where ever when using accepting or corresponding in the transactions.

BitcoinBen
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Trying to maintain Real anonimity is a hassle, but doable if you keep at it. In my view for my situation (I live in a big US city) there is a good way. A hassle but a good way, and it’s the first on your list. Localbitcoins.com – click “14356 cities” at the top then find your city in the list (I use F3). Or find a “meetup” at meetup.com by googling meetup ‘your city’ bitcoin. In my town there is a meeting once a month and there are both informational presentations and bitcoin for cash sellers. With a person… Read more »
Zsofia Elek
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Zsofia Elek

Thanks for the feedback BitcoinBen, indeed peer-to-peer Bitcoin purchases is one of the best way to preserve anonimity.

Henry
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Henry

Hi Zsofia,
Except that I just checked the Local Bitcoins link for my large city and compared the asking prices against the XE.com conversion rate. Most asking prices were +$150 or more over the XE rate per coin. Right now the XE rate says $2369.23, but there were offers over $2600. That is too much of a premium for an all-cash deal. In fact, there must be a better way to get a reasonable price and retain anonymity. Do you know that better way?
Thanks,
Henry

Zsofia Elek
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Zsofia Elek

Hi Henry, Localbitcoins is indeed not the cheapest way to buy Bitcoins as you have to trade with individuals there with cash. You can check some of the other methods listed in the article, but please note buying Bitcoin anonymously will always cost you more than buying through regular exchanges with identity verification. Also, XE.com shows mid-market rates, not actual prices you can buy Bitcoins for.

Coinbuddy
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Coinbuddy

Coinmama does indeed ask for your ID? Anyone found some place that work?

Jayyyh
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Jayyyh

Yes coinmana ask id i try the 2017-03-07 and that ask id for paypal/debit card or credit card!

Bill Gates
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Bill Gates

Coinmama ask document ID
So any of your anonymous work. All ask ID

thegilty
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thegilty

BitQuick.co actually does require ID from the buyer for various reasons.

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