A proposal from the startup Ripple of San Francisco that allows users to delete their accounts has just passed.
The proposal was put online on the XRP Ledger on Friday after receiving the support of 80% of the validators approved by Ripple who supply the network.
The idea was first introduced by software engineer Ripple Nik Bougalis and is popular among crypto enthusiasts looking for a way to recover small amounts of XRP which until now have been stuck in their accounts.
Before the change, users had no way to completely empty an account as a minimum of 20 XRP must be kept in each address.
The new functionality gives XRP holders a way to completely close an account and send that last bit of XRP to a separate address. The fees for deleting an account are 5 XRP.
Ripple is currently proposing a number of additional changes to the XRP registry, including improvements to escrow accounts and transaction fees.