How to Cash in EE Savings Bonds

Cashing your EE savings bonds is simple.
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You might want to cash an EE Savings Bond for a variety of reasons . Depending on the interest rate, you might be able to get a higher rate of return with another investment. You might need the cash for another purpose, like paying down debt or buying a home. If the bond has matured to the point where it has quit earning interest, making the decision to cash it in is a slam dunk. Or maybe you just want a more attractive investment. Whatever your reason, cashing in an EE Savings Bond is a relatively routine transaction that can be carried out at most banks. Nevertheless, you should know a few things before moving ahead.

Step 1

Ensure that the bond is eligible to be redeemed. You must wait until a Series EE Savings Bond is 12 months old before cashing it. This is determined by the month in which it was bought, so a bond bought in a particular month is able to be cashed on the first of that month, one year later.

Step 2

Make sure you are the owner of the savings bond. If you are the owner of a bond, you won’t have any trouble cashing it in. If you are a parent of a minor, a beneficiary or legal representative of the person who holds the bond, you'll probably have to jump through a few hoops to get it done. Savings bonds are non-transferable, so you cannot cash a bond if it comes into your possession some other way. If you buy that bond online, you may as well frame it because it’s no longer valid as an investment.

Step 3

Visit your bank or other financial institution. While some banks will cash savings bonds for non-customers, it's best to go to a bank, savings and loan, or credit union where you're an established customer.

Step 4

Send your savings bonds to the Federal Reserve. Anyone can do this. But if you’re cashing all at once bonds worth more than $1,000, you must send them to the Federal Reserve. You're required to go to a bank to have your signature verified before sending in the bonds, so this method isn't a time-saver. You can find the address to send your bonds at, a U.S. Department of the Treasury website. The specific bank handling your request will differ, depending on where you live.

Step 5

Redeem your bond online at the site. You must have an electronic bond to cash it this way. However, paper bonds can be converted to electronic ones at the TreasuryDirect site. The money will be direct-deposited into the checking or savings account that you designate.

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