IDFPR Releases Final Digital Currency Regulatory Guidance

State financial services regulator release guidance after close of public comment period

Chicago, IL

CHICAGO — Secretary Bryan A. Schneider with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) has announced the issuance of guidance to establish the regulatory treatment of digital currency under the Illinois Transmitters of Money Act (205 ILCS 657) (“TOMA”). IDFPR’s guidance focuses on decentralized digital currencies, which are considered electronic mediums of exchange that are not created or issued by a central authority, are not legal tender, and can be used to purchase goods and services or to exchange for other currencies. IDFPR’s guidance follows a commentary period that concluded in January 2017 and takes into account responses received from the public.

The full text of the IDFPR’s “Digital Currency Regulatory Guidance” can be found below.

IDFPR — Digital Currency Regulatory Guidance

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