South Korean banks are reportedly taking measures to limit services for customers who are not using the real-name system. It has been over seven months since the Korean government introduced the crypto real-name system, but only 40-50% of accounts at the country’s top four cryptocurrency exchanges have been converted into real-name ones, according to local media.
It has been more than seven months since the South Korean government introduced the real-name system for crypto exchanges at the end of January. Investors who have not converted their virtual crypto accounts into real-name verified ones cannot deposit Korean won into their accounts; they can only withdraw them.
The government intends for all crypto exchanges to use the real-name system. However, in reality, only the country’s largest four crypto exchanges – Upbit, Bithumb, Coinone, and Korbit – have been able to offer the conversion service to their customers.
To convert an existing virtual account into a real-name verified one, the trader must open an account at the bank which has a real-name conversion agreement with the exchange. For example, Bithumb has an agreement with Nonghyup Bank. So far, banks have been providing this service to only the country’s top four exchanges.