If you lose your stock certificate, there is no need to panic. Even without the certificate, you still own the shares and can get a stock certificate replacement. Most, if not all, stock certificates issued today are in registered form. This is contrary to bearer form. When a stock is in bearer form, the only proof of the stock is the certificate itself. This is very rare and would make it nearly impossible to issue a lost stock certificate bond. This bond is a type of surety bond.
So what is a surety bond? A surety bond is a legally binding contract between three parties: the principal, the obligee, and the surety. The principal is the person who is getting the bond. The obligee is the person who is protected by the bond. The surety is the company that guarantees that the principal will fulfill their obligations under the bond. These obligations depend on what type of bond it is and what its purpose is. The important distinction here is that a surety bond is not insurance. The bond is in place to protect the obligee (in the case of the lost stock certificate bond, the obligee is the transfer agent and the company that issued the stock certificate).
The 3 Parties of a Surety Bond
How to Get a Lost Stock Certificate Surety Bond
At surety1.com we make it simple to obtain your bond:
- Simply complete our easy to navigate and secure, online application. You will have the opportunity to upload the letter from the transfer agent indicating that you need a surety bond, or you may fax it or email it to your agent.
- Review your free, no obligation quote from one of our surety bond professional agents.1
- Sign some paperwork and make payment (All major credit cards and ACH are available).
Once these steps have been completed, your bond will be shipped to you for an original signature. You will then forward the bond to the transfer agent.
1-Occasionally, depending on the specific circumstances, the underwriting company (surety) will request additional information or clarification(s). If you encounter any questions along the way, our agents are available to take your call, Monday – Friday, 8am to 4:30pm pacific time at (877)654-2327, or email [email protected].
The bonds are usually open penalty. Open penalty bonds mean that the amount of the bond will automatically increase if the value of the stock increases. This is to protect the transfer agent in case the stock price goes up. The premium (amount you will pay for the bond) will be based on the value of the stock at the time the stop notice is issued by the transfer agent. The premium is due one time only, at the time of issuance (there is no renewal required).
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How to Find a Stock Transfer Agent
- Company Website: Corporations typically list their stock transfer agent on their investor relations page.
- Investor Relations Contact: Contact the company’s investor relations department to inquire about their stock transfer agent.
- Securities Filings: Check the company’s SEC filings, such as Form 10-K, for information about their stock transfer agent.
- Third-Party Resources: Online resources like EDGAR (Electronic Data Gathering, Analysis, and Retrieval) provide information on stock transfer agents for publicly traded companies.
- Financial Intermediaries: Contact your broker or financial advisor to inquire about the stock transfer agent for a specific company.
What is a Stock Transfer Agent?
A stock transfer agent is a company that maintains the records of ownership for a corporation’s stock. They are responsible for issuing stock certificates, tracking the transfer of shares, and distributing dividends to shareholders. Stock transfer agents are also responsible for ensuring that stock transfers are compliant with all applicable laws and regulations.
The purpose of a stock transfer agent is to protect the interests of both the corporation and its shareholders. By maintaining accurate records of ownership, stock transfer agents help to prevent fraud and ensure that shareholders receive their rightful dividends. Stock transfer agents also play an important role in corporate governance by ensuring that stock transfers are conducted in a fair and transparent manner.
In the United States, stock transfer agents are typically banks or trust companies. These companies have the expertise and resources necessary to maintain accurate records and comply with all applicable laws and regulations. Some corporations may choose to act as their own stock transfer agents, but this is generally only done for large corporations with a significant number of shareholders.
Steps to Follow to Replace a Lost Stock Certificate
- First you must notify the transfer agent of the loss. The transfer agent will place what is called a “stop transfer” on the certificate. This is to prevent others from cashing it in.
- The transfer agent or the broker-dealer will then notify the SEC of the lost or missing certificates.
- A lost instrument bond for a stock certificate is required by the issuing company when a stock certificate has been lost or misplaced. The lost stock certificate bond is required by the transfer agent. It is a third-party guarantee that if the transfer agent suffers a financial loss because it replaced the lost stock certificate the surety company will pay out to make them whole again.
Personal indemnity is usually required. The applicant agrees to hold the surety harmless is there is claim on the lost stock certificate bond, is almost always required for this type of bond. About the only way that there could be a loss on this type of bond is a fraudulent transaction. The principal (party requiring the bond) through malfeasance and in conjunction with a person or personas at the transfer agency, figure out a way to defraud the system and a claim is made. As such, while personal indemnity is usually required, it is a very low risk proposition for the principal. Other underwriting requirements may include verification of personal assets. This is usually only required for very large bonds or in cases where the principal has challenged credit.
“We were very pleased with the efficiency and knowledge put forth by Surety1. We tried 5 other bond companies before we could get the required bond to replace a stock that my husband had lost 33 years ago. Without your help we probably would not have gotten the stock replaced and our brokerage firm was informed of your ability to come through in a difficult situation.” W.H
The lost stock certificate bond is fairly easy to obtain—all we need is a completed application. Most transfer agents charge 3% or more for this type of bond. Get your quote form Surety1 and save money. The bond amount is based on the value of the securities on the day the transfer agent issued the stop transfer. Obtaining your bond via surety1.com will save you money. The transfer agent will usually provide you with a quote for this bond. You are under no obligation to use the transfer agent’s bond option. Buy from Surety1.com and save money.