How do I recover lost stock certificates?

If you need to replace a lost stock certificate, you can do so by contacting the brokerage or the company that issued it. Before the replacement certificate is issued, you might be required to purchase a bond to protect the company against loss.

Are old stock certificates still valid?

An old stock or bond certificate may still be valuable even if it no longer trades under the name printed on the certificate. The company may have merged with another company or simply changed its name.

How much does it cost to replace lost stock certificates?

Pay a Reissue Fee This fee varies depending on the transfer agent, but expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $500. New shares will be issued after your information and payments are verified.

How do I find out if old shares are still valid?

Another way to check on a share certificate’s validity is to contact the company registrars whose name should be written on the certificate. Companies use registrars to keep a record of who owns their shares.

How do I convert old stock certificates?

The ownership transfer form can be found on the back of the stock certificate. Take the certificate to a notary public, and sign it in the notary’s presence. Send the stock certificate to the transfer agent by certified mail along with any required documentation of your ownership rights.

What happens if you lose your original stock certificate?

If your securities certificate is lost, accidentally destroyed, or stolen, you should immediately contact the transfer agent and request a “stop transfer” to prevent ownership of the securities from being transferred from your name to another’s. Otherwise, you may have difficulty selling the securities.

How do I trace old shares?

You can trace other lost shares by contacting the three main share registrars: Link Asset Services ( or 0371664 0300); Computershare (; and Equiniti ( or 0371 384 2030).

How do I find old stocks I own?

Contact the company you’ve invested in and ask for the investor relations department. Identify yourself, then inquire when the stock certificate was registered to you, and when it was mailed. The company should have a complete record of this transaction and should have tracked the certificate.

What happens if I lost stock certificate?

How do I find out what my old stock certificates are worth?

Determine the collectible value of your certificate if it no longer has stock value. A stock can have worth based on who signed it, historical interest, or the engraving. This value can be found by contacting dealers, researching libraries, or searching listings on eBay.

What happens if you lost share certificate?

If an investor does not have or loses their stock certificate, they are still the owner of their shares and entitled to all the rights that come with them. If an investor wants a stock certificate, or if it is lost, stolen, or damaged, they can receive a new one by contacting a company’s transfer agent.

How do I find lost stocks?

How to Locate Lost Shares of Stock

  1. Home Search. Search your paper files at home.
  2. Broker Contact. Contact your broker to ensure the stock is not being held in “street name.” You may have turned the certificates over and forgotten about it.
  3. Investor Inquiries.
  4. Request a Stop Transfer.
  5. Order a Replacement.

What is an affidavit of lost stock certificate?

Affidavit of Lost Stock Certificate is a legal document intended to declare the incapacity to produce upon the loss of the stock certificates. Affidavit maker subscribes and swears on oath under the penalties of perjury before the Notary Public of the state.

What is lost securities bond?

Lost Security Bonds (also called Lost Instrument Surety Bonds or Lost Cashier’s Check Bond) are required to receive payment or replacement for a lost, destroyed, stolen or misplaced stock certificate, bond certificate or cashier’s check.

What to do with a stock certificate?

The stock certificate provides the legal ability to perform several different tasks involving the shares of stock. Among these rights and privileges are such essential tasks as trading the shares or participating in shareholder’s meetings.

What is a lost certificate?

A Lost Stock Certificate Surety Bond is required by the issuing company of the stock, through its transfer agent. The purpose of the bond is to protect the corporation and the agent in case the lost certificate is somehow redeemed by another party at a later date.