Buying Series EE Savings Bonds

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What is an EE bond?

An EE savings bond is a U.S. Treasury security. It earns interest for up to 30 years.

EE bonds issued since May 2005 earn a fixed rate of interest. When you buy the bond, you know the rate of interest it will earn.

For EE bonds bought from November 1, 2017 through April 30, 2018, the rate is  0.10%.

Older EE bonds earn interest in different ways. More on EE Bond Rates

We issue EE bonds in electronic form in our online program TreasuryDirect. We no longer issue EE bonds in paper form.

Who may own an EE bond?

Individuals Yes, if you have a Social Security Number and meet any one of these three conditions:

  • United States citizen, whether you live in the U.S. or abroad
  • United States resident
  • Civilian employee of the United States, no matter where you live
Trust, estate, corporation, partnership or other entity Yes

Special note about minors (children under age 18)

A minor may own EE bonds. However, a minor may not open an online account, buy bonds, or conduct other transactions. An adult custodian, such as a parent, may open an online account for the minor that is linked to the adult's online account. The adult can buy securities and conduct other transactions for the minor.

Registering an EE Bond

What do EE bonds cost?

You pay the face value. For example, a $50 EE bond costs $50.

EE bonds come in any amount to the penny for $25 or more. For example, you could buy a $50.23 bond.

How much can I buy?

Up to $10,000 per year, per Social Security Number.

Where can I buy EE bonds?

You can buy them online, in electronic form, in TreasuryDirect.

One way to buy in TreasuryDirect is through a payroll savings plan.

Who owns the bond and who can cash it?

When you buy the bond, you register it. How you register it determines who owns the bond and who can cash it. Registering an EE Bond