Replacing or Reissuing a Paper I Bond
In this section:
Replacing: If your paper bond is lost, stolen, or mutilated, you can get a substitute electronic savings bond.
Reissuing: If you want to change who is named on the bond, or if there is a major error in the names, see Reissuing Paper I Bonds.
Note: Bonds that we replace or reissue will no longer be issued in paper form but, instead, will be issued as electronic bonds in TreasuryDirect. Instead of replacing the bond electronically, you can ask for your bond to be cashed.
If your paper I bond is lost or destroyed, we need the following information before searching for the record of your bond:
- Bond serial number -- If you don’t have the bond serial number, provide all of the following:
- Specific month and year of purchase
- Social Security Number (for example 123-45-6789)
- Names, including middle names or initials
- Mailing address
To request a substitute electronic bond in a TreasuryDirect account:
- Fill out FS Form 1048 (download or order).
- Take the filled-out form to your financial institution and have your signature certified according to the instructions on the form.
- Mail the completed form to:
Treasury Retail Securities Site
P.O. Box 214
Minneapolis, MN 55480-0214
Note: Once you receive your bonds in a TreasuryDirect account or payment for lost bonds, the original paper bonds are no longer yours. They belong to the U.S. government. If you later find the original bonds, please return them to the Treasury Retial Securities Sit at the address listed above.
In this section:
- What changes do NOT require reissuing the bond?
- What must I do?
- Who must approve a change?
- Must I pay taxes when Treasury reissues a bond?
Reissue will not be made if the request for reissue is received less than one full calendar month before the final maturity date of a bond. An EE bond's final maturity date is 30 years after the issue date. In addition, reissue will not be made unless the new registration(s) requested is authorized by the governing regulations (31 CFR part 363).
We do not reissue bonds for these changes:
|Situation||What to do|
|Name change because you got married||No reissue needed. When you cash in the bond, sign both your name
that is on the bond and your married name.
|Minor typo in your name||No reissue needed. When you cash in the bond, sign your correct name.|
|Address change||No reissue needed.|
|Wrong Social Security Number||No reissue needed, but we need the correct number. For instructions on what to write and where to send the information, see: Correcting a Social Security Number on a Bond|
Note: If you are thinking about changing who owns or co-owns the bond, and want to find out what changes are permitted and how those changes can be accomplished, write to Treasury Retail Securities Site, PO Box 214, Minneapolis, MN 55480-0214, or call 844-284-2676 (toll free).
The following sections tell you what to do for each situation that requires reissuing a bond.
|To correct a major error|
|For a major error, such as
|For a court appointment|
|A court has appointed a guardian, conservator, or similar representative for the estate of a living owner. This may happen for:
|When you change who owns the bond|
|The owner has died (or both persons named on a bond have died)|
|You want the new owner to be a personal trust estate|
|You want to, for example
|When you change the beneficiary|
|You want to, for example
|Situation||Who must sign|
|Two living people are named on the bond and both of them want to request a change that is permitted. (If you are not sure if the change you want is permitted, check the instructions on FS Form 4000, write to Treasury Retail Securities Site, PO Box 214, Minneapolis, MN 55480-0214, or call 844-284-2676 [toll free]).||Both must sign the form|
|Two people are named on the bond, but only one needs to make a change such as changing his or her own name||Only the owner making the change about himself or herself must sign the form|
|The owner wants to change the beneficiary||The owner may make this change. The beneficiary does not have to agree to the change.|
Sometimes. For paper I bonds, taxable ownership changes ordinarily are not permitted. If you want to change who owns an I bond and want to find out what changes are permitted, write to Treasury Retail Securities Site, PO Box 214, Minneapolis, MN 55480-0214, or call 844-284-2676 (toll free).
If an ownership change is permitted because of a divorce, for example, and if the ownership change is taxable, we provide an IRS Form 1099-INT.
|Electronic bonds||Log in to TreasuryDirect and go to ManageDirect. From the Manage Direct page, select the year under “Manage My Taxes” and then select 1099.|
|Paper bonds||Form 1099-INT is mailed to you after the end of the calendar year in which the bond was reissued.|