Type of death certificate required

Thursday, January 6th, 2005
Categorized as: Inheriting and bequeathing US Savings BondsSavings Bond registration changes

My mother died and left her Series EE Bonds, which are registred in her name only, to her grandchildren. Do they each need an original of her death certificate to have the registration changed or would a copy of the original suffice?

Tom’s response

If you send all the bonds and re-registration forms in together, you’d need just one copy of the death certificate. The copy should be certified to be true and correct by the issuing office or official. The office’s or official’s seal should be visible on the copy.

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6 Comments

On February 14th, 2009 mike said:

My father died leaving savings bonds in his name. an adopted sister picked up death certificates and we think had all bonds re-issued in her name. The bonds were in my fathers trust. Is this possible? How could she have the bonds re-issued or cashed?

On February 16th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Mike – If the bonds were in the name of a trust and your sister wasn’t the named Trustee of the trust, there’s no way she could cash the bonds.

Tom Adams

On March 8th, 2009 Sharon Anderson said:

I found several series EE savings bonds in my father’s things. They are in his name and his brother’s name, both are deceased, how do I cash them in? I do have their death certificates. My Uncle had no children and there is only my brother and I.

Thank You

On March 9th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Sharon – if your uncle died before your father and if your father’s estate wasn’t handled by a probate court, you can use this form and the death certificates to cash the bond.

If your father died first or if there was probate court involvement it’s much more complicated. You can either get a copy of my book, which has the details, or use the Ask the Treasury link on this page to begin the process.

Tom Adams

On April 27th, 2009 Irving Barditch said:

I have a series E bond which was issued to my grandmother, who is dead, payable on death to me. I do not have her death certificate. How can I redeem this bond? There is no way to obtain a death certificate. Thank you.

On April 28th, 2009 Tom Adams said:

Irving – I’m not sure how the Treasury handles situations where it isn’t possible to obtain a death certificate. They may simply refuse to cash the bond or they may have an alternative procedure. I suggest you email the Treasury and ask. Things will move faster if you go into detail with them about why there is no way to obtain a death certificate.

Tom Adams

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