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Share certificates

It's free to transfer share certificates into your EQi account; alternatively, one-off trading for share certificates is available through Equiniti's Shareview service

  • Transfer

    It is free to transfer share certificates into your EQi account. 

    • They must be in the same name as the account holder
    • They need to be UK share certificates

    To consolidate your shares into your portfolio, simply fill out a CREST Transfer form for each individual shareholding and send it to us with your share certificate(s).

  • Buy and sell

    As we are part of Equiniti, you can buy and sell share certificates through Equiniti's Shareview service. Shareview offers one-off trading for share certificates without setting up an account.

    • Online share dealing is available for companies where Equiniti is the registrar
    • COVID-19 update: All our staff have been asked to work from home in order to safeguard their wellbeing due to COVID-19. We have therefore temporarily suspended our telephone trading service for certificates.

The pros and cons of share certificates

Many investors still hold share certificates, a paper certificate that confirms their shareholding in a company.

They detail the shareholder’s name, the company in which the shares are owned, and the number of shares held.

  • Pros

    There is no limit on the number of share certificates you can hold, and as paper certificates do not need to be held in an account, no fees are incurred unless you want to sell.

  • Cons

    The downside is that share certificates can be lost and there are costs as well as admin to face if you want to replace them. Plus, although no date has been set yet, there are plans to phase out paper certificates.

Step-by-step guide to buying and selling share certificates

  • Step 1

    Place the trade

    You can buy or sell share certificates online in UK companies where Equiniti maintains their share register. 

    All our staff have been asked to work from home in order to safeguard their wellbeing due to COVID-19. We have therefore temporarily suspended our telephone trading service for certificates.

  • Step 2

    Send certificate(s) and CREST form

    Once you have placed the trade online or by phone, you will be sent a pre-filled CREST transfer form in the post. Send your share certificate(s) and the signed CREST transfer form to finalise the sale. 

    We recommend sending your certificate(s) via registered post. Send your documents to: Equiniti, PO Box 4976, Aspect House, Spencer Road, Lancing, BN99 6DA, United Kingdom

  • Step 3

    Payment

    Once we have received your documents and finalised the trade, the money will be sent to you by your choice of BACS or a cheque.

    If your bank details cannot be validated, then you will be issued a cheque.

    BACS usually takes three working days to show in your account, from the day the payment is released.

How long does it take?

This timeline provides an indication of the earliest possible time that each part of the sale process can be completed.

  • Day 1

    The sale is placed, you have entered into an agreement with Shareview Dealing to sell your shares on the UK stock market.

  • Day 2

    A contract note confirming the sale and pre-filled CREST Transfer form will be sent to you via first class post.

  • Day 2 to 3

    Your contract note and CREST Transfer form should have arrived by post. By signing and returning the form and your share certificates quickly, you’ll be able to receive the money from the sale at the earliest opportunity.

  • Day 3

    The sale of Equiniti registered shares will be settled. If you have already sent your documents, you can now expect the money to be transferred to you.

  • Day 8 and 16

    For share sales, if you have not sent in your documents, a reminder letter will be sent to you. By sending in your documents as soon as possible, we can finalise the sale of your shares and make your payment. 

  • Day 23

    Please note that if we do not receive your documents by day 23, we have to buy back the shares. You will still be charged the trading commission, additional charges (duties and levies), as well as paying for any change in the share price.

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