Gold members are a class of members found to be trustworthy upon review. All members are Silver level by default.
Gold members often provide identification proof, but this isn't strictly necessary. Proof of a trustworthy history on other sites can be enough to qualify. Either way, Gold members may completely delete accounts in good standing with no open trades for 15 days. We never store documents online so they are not vulnerable to hacks. When accounts are deleted all submitted documents are also deleted.
There is a $20 application fee for Gold membership, which is not refundable.