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Selling Treasury Bills

You can hold Treasury bills until they mature or sell them before they mature.

To sell a bill you hold in TreasuryDirect or Legacy Treasury Direct, first transfer the bill to a bank, broker, or dealer, then ask the bank, broker, or dealer to sell the bill for you.

How you transfer a bill to a bank, broker, or dealer depends on whether you hold the bill in TreasuryDirect or Legacy Treasury Direct.

  • For a bill held in TreasuryDirect:
    • Go to "Manage Direct"
    • Choose "Transfer securities"
    • Identify the bill or bills you want to transfer
    • Choose "External Transfer"
    • Click the link for FS Form 5511,"TreasuryDirect Transfer Request"
    • Complete FS Form 5511 and mail it as directed on the form
  • For a bill held in Legacy Treasury Direct, complete "Security Transfer Request"
    (FS Form 5179) and mail it as directed on the form.