Getting started with USDC and the Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN)

What is the Silvergate Exchange Network (SEN)?

SEN enables Silvergate Bank's digital currency and institutional investor clients to send US Dollars 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year between eligible and connected Silvergate SEN bank accounts. This can be done via Silvergate’s API or online banking portal, enabling near real-time transfers and immediate availability of funds.

How do institutions get started using SEN for USDC?

You must have a USDC account with Circle. To participate in SEN, you need to maintain a banking relationship with Silvergate Bank. If you are an existing Silvergate customer, please get in touch with your Silvergate Account Manager and request that they link your account to the USDC SEN account.

If you are NOT a Silvergate customer, click here to begin the online onboarding process. 

Once your Silvergate SEN account setup is complete on the bank side, add the bank account to the Circle USDC service. Check this article if you need more information on completing that step.

What is the cost of using SEN?

There are no SEN-specific fees. Standard bank charges and fees may apply depending on the activity being conducted. Please get in touch with your Silvergate representative for additional fee-related information.

What are the advantages of using SEN over bank wires to purchase and redeem USDC?

Bank wire transfers may take several hours to complete and are restricted to banking business hours. With SEN and USDC, you can achieve boundless movement of fiat in minutes, 24/7, for free.

What are the turnaround times for purchasing USDC using SEN?

The SEN network offers near-instantaneous transfers. Our automated system checks for transfer settlements in short intervals and initiates the minting of required USDC tokens which depends on network confirmations. Thus, you can expect 45 minutes turnarounds from initiating a SEN transfer to having USDC tokens ready for use, and these times can get even faster over time.

What are the turnaround times for redeeming USDC using SEN?

You should expect redeeming USDC to be completed in under 15 minutes end-to-end.